Theatre 7 is hosting two days of open auditions for “A Christmas Chaos” its second-annual holiday dinner theatre fundraiser. Auditions will be 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. October 17 and 18 at Theatre 7 Headquarters, located at 131 N. Water St. in downtown Decatur.
Actors will be asked to do cold readings from the script. Performances will be December 7 and 8 at The Decatur Club. Rehearsals will be 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays starting October 30. Please be prepared to provide any scheduling conflicts you may have from October 30 through December 8.
Actors 16 and older are welcome to audition; anyone under 18 needs parental permission. Actors do not need to attend both auditions.
In addition to actors, we will need support crew for this production consisting of a wardrobe/costuming specialist to help our wardrobe mistress, a set/props master or mistress (the real stage manager), and a light and sound technician. Please email Director Jan Hooten at email@example.com or show up on one of the audition nights if you are interested in helping out! Tickets will be available in November at the Decatur Club.
Theatre 7 has booked a touring Royal Shakespeare Company to perform their stirring rendition of “A Christmas Carol” as a holiday fundraiser for the community theatre group. Unfortunately, the professional company runs into travel difficulties and doesn’t show. So, our intrepid band of fine actors and technicians must put together their own production at the last minute! Have you ever experienced behind-the-scenes mayhem? Well, you haven’t seen anything yet! This farcical play focuses on our thespians doing their best while chaos reigns is all around them: two actors fighting over who gets to play Tiny Tim, a confused actor who thinks she’s in another show, a haughty lead actor, one actor playing both Bob and Mrs. Cratchit, an out-of-control director, thrown-together props and costumes, ridiculous scenery, and tons of flubs and confusion. Many actors will play multiple roles, and even the tech people are called on to fill parts. This extremely fast-paced and physical one-act comedy is a hilarious parody of the classic novel and of everything that can go wrong with a theatrical production!
Scrooge – mature male, considers himself a “professional actor” and is appalled by the other community theatre “amateurs.”
Stage Manager – male or female. Take-charge type, doing their best to keep the cast and the play on track
Narrator – male or female, considers him/herself to be a “great speaker,” and loves to show off his/her great vocabulary
“Confused” – female, quite talented yet flighty. Keeps coming on stage as a character in the wrong play
Tiny Tim – two actors, male or female, youngish (15-30), slightly built. Each believes he/she was promised the role, so they both play it. Both strong-willed, used to getting their own way, think they are the “child stars” of the company
Nervous, Fred, Christmas Future – female, was the understudy for the production. Suffers from stage fright
Bob Cratchit, fan, Belle – male, younger, goofy, thinks he’s a good actor but tends to overplay. In relationship with actress playing Young Scrooge
Christmas Past, Christmas Present, Businessman 1 – male or female, loves to ad-lib, frequently amused him/herself
Peter, Businessman 2 – male, loves being involved in theatre, in spite of his minimal talents
Charity Lady, Mary – female, quick, always making the best of a tough situation
Marley, Bob Cratchit and Mrs. Cratchit – male, must be a strong actor who loves challenge. Plays Bob an Mrs. Cratchit simultaneously with the aid of creative costuming. Must ad-lib well and roll with the punches.
Young Scrooge, Boy – female, strong-willed and hard-headed. In relationship with actor playing “Fan” and they frequently argue