A Christmas Story

By Phillip Grecian

Directed by Jim Tropp

A Comedy by Phillip Grecian. Based on the Warner Bros. beloved holiday motion picture "A Christmas Story" by Jean Shepherd. Jean Shepherd's memoir of growing up in the midwest in the 1940's follows 9 year-old Ralphie Parker in his quest to get a genuine Red Ryder BB gun under the tree for Christmas. Ralphie pleads his case before his mother, his teacher and even Santa Claus himself, at Goldblatt's Department Store. The consistent response: "You'll shoot your eye out kid." All the elements from the beloved motion picture are here, including the family's temperamental exploding furnace: Scut Farkas, the school bully; the boy's experiment with a wet tongue on a cold lamppost; the Little Orphan Annie decoder pin; Ralphie's father's winning lamp shaped like a womans leg in a net stocking; Ralphie's fantasy scenarios and more.

Produced by Wisconsin Theatreworks at American Industral Art Gallery/ Beloit Ironworks Building, 655 Third St. Suite 302 , Beloit , Wisconsin 53511

Performances: December 5-21, 2008

Performance Times: December 5 - 21 @ 8:00pm & 2:00pm

Ticket Prices: $25

Call 608-449-4278 for reservations or more information.

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Auditions

Auditions will be held on the following days:

9/28/2008

Wisconsin Theatreworks
will be holding open auditions for the beloved holiday comedy by Phillip Grecian

"A Christmas Story"

Based on the Warner Bros. motion picture written by Jean Shepherd,
Leigh Brown and Bob Clark; and on the book "In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash" by Jean Shepherd.

Auditions will be held Sunday, September 28, @ 2pm at the American Industrial Art Gallery located in the Beloit Ironworks Building, 655 Third St, Suite 302, Beloit, WI 53511.
Those auditioning must be strong character actors with a great sense of comic timing and improvisational skills. Adults auditioning please prepare a one minute comic monologue and a joke. Boys and Girls ages 8 - 13 please prepare two jokes to tell. Thoses auditioning might be asked to read from the script. Please bring a current headshot and resume, stapled together. If you need further information or are interested in auditioning and are unable to attended the audition please email your headshot and resume and/or any questions to: info@wisconsintheatreworks.com

Character Descriptions

Adults

Ralph (as an adult) also plays: Storyteller, The Cowboy, The Tree Lot Owner, Delivery Man, Neighbor
-Male 30s-40s. Strong character actor must tell a great storyteller.

Mother - Female 20s-30s. Must be strong character actor with great sense of comic timing

The Old Man/Santa Claus - Male 30s 40s. Strong character actor with a get sense of comic timing

Miss Shields (Teacher)- Female 20s -30s

Children

Ralphie Parker (boy 8-11 years old plays /plays 9 years old)

Randy (boy, Ralphies little brother 7-9 years old/ plays 7 years old)

Flick /Desperado One (boy, 8-11 years old/ plays 9 years old)

Schwartz/ Desperado Two (boy, 8-13 years old/ plays 10 years old)

Scut Farkas / Black Bart (boy, 9-14 years old/ plays 12 years old)

Esther Jane Alberry (girl, 8-11 years old plays /plays 9 years old)

Helen Weathers (girl 8-10 years old plays /plays 8 years old)

* All Children must be strong readers and must take direction well.

-All Positions are Paid-