Classic Theater Guild Auditions for “Miracle on 34th Street”

Classic Theater Guild is proud to announce auditions for its production of
the classic holiday play, Miracle on 34th Street.

Auditions:  Sunday, Sept 17Monday Sept 18Sunday Sept 24Monday Sept 25

Times: Sundays – 2 to 5 pm – Adults and Youth

Mondays @ 6 pm Youth; 7 to 9 pm Adults

Audition Location:

Auditions will be held at the Schenectady Theater for Children studios at
Viaport Mall in Rotterdam – 93 W Campbell Road (formerly Rotterdam Square
Mall.)  STC studios are located in the former Macy’s wing.

This is the classic play version.  Auditions will consist of readings from
script.

Please note: While not a musical, scene changes will be covered with
holiday carolers.  At auditions, Adult and Youth actors will be asked to
sing a few lines of their favorite holiday carol acapella.  Words to
popular carols will be provided.

Production dates will be December 1-3 and 8-10 at Proctors.   This will be
Proctors’ inaugural production in its brand new state-of-the-art third
floor theater – the Addy.

Rehearsals will generally be a combination of Sunday thru Thursday

Synopsis:

“This is a tale that we want to believe in, that creates a world we seem to
desperately desire, free of the blatant commercialism that surrounds us,
where love and decency and generosity of spirit are their own rewards. What
we want Christmas to be all about, really.” So writes the Santa Cruz
Sentinel of this most heartwarming holiday story. By chance, Kris Kringle,
an old man in a retirement home, gets a job working as Santa for Macy’s.
Kris unleashes waves of good will with Macy’s customers and the commercial
world of New York City by referring parents to other stores to find exactly
the toy their child has asked for. Seen as deluded and dangerous by Macy’s
vocational counselor, who plots to have Kris shanghaied to Bellevue
Psychiatric Hospital, Kris ends up in a court competency hearing.
Especially at stake is one little girl’s belief in Santa. In a dramatic
decision, the court confirms Kris as the true Santa, allowing Susan and
countless other children to experience the joy of childhood fantasy.

Characters:

KRIS KRINGLE: Male (Stage Age 40-70) (willing to grow beard) He is Santa
Claus. Likeable, firm, caring. Loves children.

FRED GAYLEY: Male (Stage Age 25-40) – Friend/Neighbor to Doris and Susan;
Lawyer; Kringle?s defense attorney; all around good guy

DORIS WALKER: Female (Stage Age 25-40) – Personnel Manager at Macy’s;
Susan?s mother; all work, no play.

SUSAN WALKER: Female Child (Stage Age 7-11) – Doris’ daughter. Precocious
child going on 30.  She finds her imagination and belief.

SHELLHAMMER: Adult Male or Female (any age) – Assistant to Doris. Friendly,
efficient.

JUDGE HARPER: Adult Male or Female (Stage Age 30+) – Presides over
Kringle’s hearing; Judicial; likeable; a bit political.

DR. PIERCE: Adult Male or Female (any age) – Physician at Maplewood Home;
warm, caring.

SAWYER: Adult Male or Female (any age) – Macy’s vocational guidance
counselor; character role requiring great comic timing; a bit of
professional snob.

MARA: Adult Male or Female (any age) – Prosecuting attorney; somewhat
jaded; sticks to the letter of the law.

HALLORAN: Adult Male or Female (any age) – Judge Harper’s political
campaign manager.

FINLEY: Adult Male or Female (any age) – Bailiff in Judge Harper’s court.

MACY: Adult Male or Female (Stage age 30+) – Owner and manager of Macy’s
Department Store.

BLOOMINGDALE: Adult Male or Female (Stage Age 30+) – Owner and manager of
Bloomingdale’s Department Store.

LITTLE DUTCH ORPHAN:  Male or female (Stage Age 7-9) must be able to learn
how to pronounce Dutch words.

ENSEMBLE – Adults and Youth (ages 7-70)

There are several speaking roles for adults and youth who also appear as
extras in scenes. Adult ensemble features include Bag Lady, Rich Person,
Drunk Santa, Duncan (Zookeeper), Postal Workers, Parents who visit Santa,
Pedestrians, Photographers, Courtroom Crowd, Parade Workers.  There is also
a special “Elf Theatre” presentation at Macy’s.

For more information, please contact Donna Baxter, Director
(518) 810-4962

dzbaxter@nycap.rr.com

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