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I’LL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS
Directed by Ryan & Nicole Thompson
Monday, October 7
Tuesday, October 8
5:30 pm – musical (choir) auditions
7:30 pm – drama auditions
(We can accommodate music auditions anytime between 5:30-7:30)
Callbacks: TBD, if necessary
Hendricks Civic Theatre is proud to present auditions for I’LL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS (musical)
WHO: All drama roles are open for audition, appropriate stage age. Choir/Soloist spots open for adults 18 and older. All ethnicities and experience levels are welcome and encouraged to audition.
HOW: Auditions will be held Monday, October 7 and Tuesday October 8 at HCT’s Longstreet Playhouse. You only need to attend one night. Call backs, if needed, will be scheduled later that week.
This musical is structured as a play with a separate choir ensemble, plus soloists, providing the music. Therefore, auditions will be done separately. Music auditions will begin at 5:30 pm (and can be accommodated as late as 7:30 pm) and drama auditions will begin at 7:30 pm. You may audition for both, if you wish.
The role of NORMA requires both a musical audition and drama audition as she is the only dramatic role that includes solos. Please plan to stay for both.
MUSIC PREPARATION: Those wishing to audition for the choir ensemble should prepare to sing 16-20 bars from a musical theatre song that shows their ability and range. Please bring appropriately marked sheet music. An accompanist will be provided. No a cappella please.
DRAMA PREPARATION: Those wanting to audition for the drama portion will be asked to cold-read a selection and participate in some group or individual acting/improv activities. No advanced preparation or monologue is required.
We encourage you to complete the Online Audition Form (button below) ahead of your audition and the information will be given to the directors.
Paper copies of the form will be available at the audition venue.
Rehearsals & Performances
The show will be presented at Longstreet Playhouse December 6-8 and 12-15, 2019
Please Note: This will be an extended run with two shows on each Saturday in addition to the shows on Friday evening and Sunday afternoon and a Thursday show during the second weekend, new this year.
All rehearsals will be at Longstreet Playhouse north of Danville. Rehearsals will begin the week of October 13. Rehearsals will be 2 nights per week and will be separate for the choir and drama. Rehearsal frequency will increase in November when the parts are combined.
Tech Week will begin with an all day rehearsal on Sunday, December 1 (Note: this is the Sunday after Thanksgiving). No conflicts will be allowed during Tech Week or any performance.
For questions about this show or auditions, please contact the Director.
Set in late 1941, I’ll Be Home for Christmas is the story of the faith of a family, and a nation on the brink of World War II, preparing to celebrate the birth of the Prince of Peace. Most of the action takes place in the main characters’ home, with the choir providing music and drama as it is broadcast over the family radio. The music highlights the sounds of the 1940s, including swing, lush ballads, and big band songs interspersed with reenactments of radio broadcasts during that time. Original music mixed with familiar Christmas favorites form the backdrop for this memorable dramatic musical. Published by Lillenas. Book by Deborah Craig-Claar; music by Mark Hayes.
HOWARD (MALE, stage age 60-70): grandfather, wry, occasionally obstinate, but wise family patriarch
No musical audition required, but must be comfortable singing in character.
NORMA (FEMALE, stage age 30-35): sensible heroine who holds the home together, in spite of separation from husband; mother to Mickey; Includes two solos;
**Note: BOTH a musical audition and drama audition are REQUIRED of this part
ANGIE (FEMALE, stage age 22-26): impulsive, overly dramatic, but sensitive and loving younger sister of Norma; No musical audition required, but must be comfortable singing in character.
MICKEY (Boy, stage age 8-12): adventurous kid who always has his hands in something;
DANNY (MALE; stage age 22-26): charming, but somewhat clumsy and hapless mailman;
SID (MALE, stage age 55-75): retired car salesman downstairs, the classic eccentric;
LIL (FEMALE, stage age 55-75): no-nonsense building maintenance supervisor;
JERRY BRAINERD: (MALE, stage age 25-60) the quintessential radio announcer
RADIO ACTORS: 3 men and 3 women – any age (16 and older)
Approximately 12-16 singers: the choir ensemble functions as three separate groups – a professional radio vocal group, a bad church choir, and a group of neighbors and friends. Soloists will be selected from this group.