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Miracle Auditions

Auditions for

A Christmas Classic Back by Popular demand!

“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.

Performances: November 26 & 27, December 3 & 4 @ 7:30 PM
November 28 and December 5 @ 2:00 PM

Director: Dorothy Jo Oberfoell

Auditions:


Sunday, October 3rd – 3-6pm

Monday, October 4th – 6-9pm

Please show up at the start of the audition time.
Those who are unavailable to arrive at the start of the audition
time should call the Grand Opera House business office
at 563-588-4356 to give an approximate arrival time.

Callbacks (if needed):
Wednesday (evening), October 6

Location:

Auditions will be held at the Grand’s Rehearsal space in the Arcade Building, 880 Locust St., Suites 222 and 228.  Please enter through the alley entrance located between Locust and Main.  When you enter go up just past the first hallway and take the stairs on the left to the second floor.  The rooms are right at the top of the stairs. 

Audition Requirements:

  • Actors will be asked to read from a selection of short sides. Found below the character descriptions
  • Come prepared to sing a short selection acapella from a holiday carol.
  • Digital audition forms can be filled out prior to your arrival.

Video Submissions:

Anyone who would like to audition but can’t make it during the regular audition times may contact Dorothy Jo at oberfoell.dj@gmail.com to arrange a time to meet or send a video audition. Video submissions should contain a reading of at least one of the selected pieces provided, as well as singing a short section from a holiday carol. If you have any special skills you would like to showcase, please include them in your video submission. You should also submit an audition form, which can be found on our website, with your video. Video submissions must be received no later than October 4th.

Rehearsal Schedule:

Full Company rehearsals will begin Monday, October 18, 2021.

Those auditioning should be prepared to list all conflict or potential conflicts between Monday, October 11th and Sunday, December 5th. Availability for dress/technical rehearsals November 21-24, 2021 and all performances is mandatory. There will not be a rehearsal on Thanksgiving, November 25th. Rehearsals will typically be held Monday-Friday evenings from 6-9pm with an occasional Sunday afternoon (if needed).

Seeking performers for the following roles:

Adults

Doris Walker……………………………………………………………….. personnel manager at Macy’s

Fred Gayley………………………………………. a lawyer, neighbor and friend to Doris and Susan

Kris Kringle……………………………………………………………………………………….. Santa Claus

Doctor Pierce……………………………………………………………. physician at Maplewood Home

Bag Lady……………………………………………………………………… at Thanksgiving Day parade

Rich Person………………………………………………………………….. at Thanksgiving Day parade

Shellhammer……………………………………………………………………….. Mrs. Walker’s assistant

Drunken Santa………………………………………………………………………… employee of Macy’s

Macy………………………………………………… owner and manager of Macy’s Department Store

Sawyer…………………………………………………………… Macy’s vocational guidance counselor

Bloomingdale…………………………………………… owner of Bloomingdale’s Department Store

Judge Harper…………………………………………………………………. of the New York State court

Finley……………………………………………………………………….. bailiff in Judge Harper’s court

Mara……………………………………………………………………………………… prosecuting attorney

Halloran…………………………………………………… Judge Harper’s political campaign manager

Duncan…………………………………………………………. antelope keeper at the Central Park Zoo

Al & Lou……………………………………………………………………………………. postal employees

Additional Adult Ensemble Roles

Children

Susan Walker………………………………………………………………………… Doris’ daughter, aged 7

Additional Children Ensemble Roles

Audition Sides

Click the buttons below to see the audition scenes. Everyone auditioning should select at least one scene to read from at auditions. (Please note: if you prepare more than one, you may be asked to select only one on the day of auditions)

A note on safety:

We are continuing to monitor safety guidelines and follow the latest recommendations as it relates to mask wearing and social distancing. As such, all vaccinated individuals are not required to wear a mask per the CDC guidelines. We appreciate anyone who is not vaccinated to continue to wear a mask at this time.