Silicon Valley Civic Theater
Silicon Valley Civic Theater (SVCT) is holding open auditions for A Christmas Story, a play in two acts by Philip Grecian based upon the motion picture, A Christmas Story written by Jean Shepherd, Leigh Brown, and Bob Clark and In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash by Jean Shepherd.
Directed by Allie Bailey
Humorist Jean Shepherd’s memoir of growing up in the midwest in the 1940s 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 Higbee’s Department Store. The consistent response: “You’ll shoot your eye out!”
All the elements from the beloved motion picture are here, including the family’s temperamental exploding furnace; Scut Farkas, the school bully; the boys’ experiment with a wet tongue on a cold lamppost; the Little Orphan Annie decoder pin; Ralphie’s father winning a lamp shaped like a woman’s leg in a net stocking; Ralphie’s fantasy scenarios and more. A Christmas Story is destined to become a theatrical holiday perennial.
Performance dates: Friday through Sunday, November 18- December 10, 2022. Friday & Saturday performances start at 8pm. Sundays start at 2pm.
Audition dates: Friday, July 29th from 7-10pm & Saturday, July 30th from 12-3pm
Where: SVCT Warehouse (Building G2 16840 Joleen Way Morgan Hill, CA 95037)
Callbacks: Saturday, August 6th from 12-3pm.
Rehearsals: Weekly, Sunday through Thursday, from 6pm-9pm (Sundays) and 7pm-10pm (Monday-Thursday). Rehearsals begin Sunday, September 25th, 2022. Time will be taken off for Halloween.
Actor Acknowledgement: All roles are volunteer and non-AEA.
Roles: We highly encourage people of all ethnicities, races, and gender identities to audition.
Ralph (as an adult)- A storyteller, someone who can connect to the audience.
Mother- Ralphie’s mother
The Old Man- Ralphie’s father
Miss Shields- Ralphie’s teacher
Santa Claus: works in a department store as Santa Claus
The Youth (actual age of performers must be over 8 years old; performers do not have to be the actual ages of the characters)
Ralphie Parker: Ralph at around 9 years old; the protagonist of the piece.
Randy Parker: Ralphie’s younger brother
Flick: Ralphies’s friend and classmate; he gets his tongue stuck to a lampost
Schwartz: Ralphie’s friend and classmate
Esther Jane Alberry: A classmate who has a crush on Ralphie
Helen Weathers: Esther’s friend and extremely intelligent
Scut Farkas: A bully
Sign up to audition now!