Audition For Studio Theatre Perth Productions

Studio Theatre Productions Auditions  for “A Christmas Story”

by Jean Shepherd
adapted by Philip Grecian
Directed by Patricia Parry

in The Studio Theatre, Perth (Lobby)

Tuesday, Sept 19 and Thursday, Sept 21:

  • 6:00 p.m. for actors aged 16 and under
  • 7:00 pm for adult actors

Production Dates:  Nov 30th – Dec 3rd and Dec 8th – 10th

Synopsis

Set in the mid-west in the 1940s this well-known Christmas classic memory play, narrated by an adult Ralph Parker many years later, tells the story of 9 year old Ralphie’s quest to get an “Official Red Ryder 200 shot Carbine Action Range Model BB gun” under the Christmas tree. Ralphie’s desire is rejected by his mother, his teacher Miss Shields, and even a Department store Santa Claus, all giving him the same warning: “You’ll shoot your eye out.” There are several other memorable, and hilarious scenes in the play. Ralphie’s father (known as “the Old Man”) wins a “major award” in a contest, and the prize turns out to be a lamp in the shape of a woman’s leg wearing a fishnet stocking. The Old Man is overjoyed by the lamp, but Mrs. Parker does not like it and a feud over it — referred to by adult Ralphie as “The Battle of the Lamp” develops and results in the lamp’s “accidental” destruction. A constant source of frustration for The Old Man are the “at least 785 smelly hound dogs” that belong to the next door neighbors, the Bumpuses.

Cast requirements 

(all ages shown are those of the characters, not necessarily of the actors)

Ralph Parker as an adult. A story teller (may also play several small parts)   thirties/forties

Ralphie Parker (Ralph at 9 years old)                                                                 9 – 13

Mother (his mother)                                                                                                thirties/forties

The Old Man (his father)                                                                                      thirties/forties

Randy (his little brother)                                                                                         5 – 8

Miss Shields (his teacher)                                                                                       30s – 60s

Flick (his friend and classmate)                                                                                9 – 13

Schwartz (another friend and classmate)                                                                9 – 13

Esther Jane Alberry (a classmate)                                                                     9 – 13

Helen Weathers ((a classmate)                                                                             9 – 13

Scut Farkas (a bully)                                                                                             10 – 16

Rehearsals – Tuesday, Thursday evenings, Sunday afternoon starting Sunday Sept 24th


For Perusal scripts (available for a 48 hour loan) contact David Parry david_parry@sympatico.ca or 613-326-0426.

For additional information contact Patricia Parry, 613-326-0426 or patricia_parry@sympatico.ca