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AUDITION NOTICE: Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol

Audition Notice

Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol

by Tom Mula

The Wimberley Players are committed to casting productions based on the highest level of talent regardless of race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexuality, body-type or age. Everyone who is dedicated to creating amazing theatre is encouraged to audition with The Wimberley Players. Due to the rise in COVID 19 cases in the Wimberley area, all actors and crew members must show proof of vaccination before rehearsals begin.


Company/Venue: The Wimberley Players, Wimberley Playhouse, 450 Old Kyle Rd. Wimberley Texas, 78676


Directed by: Trish Rigdon


Production Dates: November 26 – December 12 (9 performances), Fridays and Saturdays 7:30 pm (6:00 actor call), and Sundays 2:30 pm (1:00 actor call)


Rehearsals: Tuesday – Friday 7-10 pm, & possible Saturdays (TBD) October 19 – November 19


Tech Rehearsals: Full-day Saturday and Sunday, November 20 & 21 (time TBD)


Dress Rehearsals: November 22, 23, & 24, 6 – 10 pm (no rehearsal Thanksgiving Day)


Audition Dates:

  • ZOOM by appointment Tuesday, October 12, 7 – 10 pm

  • IN PERSON by appointment, October 13, 7 – 10 pm at Wimberley Playhouse

  • VIDEO audition accepted until 10:00 pm, Thursday, October 14


Callbacks: In person by appointment, Saturday, October 16, 12 – 5 pm, at Wimberley Playhouse


Link to submit: https://forms.gle/a4AsJvZQEfAvMmgg7


Synopsis: “Marley was dead, to begin with…” —and what happens to Ebenezer Scrooge’s mean, sour, pruney old business partner after that? Chained and shackled, Marley is condemned to a hellish eternity. He’s even given his own private tormentor: a malicious little hell-sprite who thoroughly enjoys the work. Desperate, Marley accepts his one chance to free himself: To escape his own chains, he must first redeem Scrooge. So begins a journey of laughter and terror, redemption, and renewal, during which Scrooge’s heart, indeed, is opened; but not before Marley—in this irreverent, funny and deeply moving story—discovers his own.


Time and Place: London, in Dicken’s time. The action is continuous


Style: “Story Theatre” on simple unit set with levels. Imagination required of actors and audience! All actors play multiple roles.


Characters:


Actor 1

  • Jacob Marley – middle-aged; awful; a sour, proud, lonely angry old pill

  • Christmas Past – the Artful Dodger – obnoxious

  • Christmas Present – as in Dickens: God

  • A boy – very young, very sad little Marley

  • Young Marley

Actor 2

  • Bogle – a small demon? Mean enough. Lots of energy, enjoys the work. And there’s more here than meets the eye – stakes are high!

  • A little girl

Actor 3

  • Scrooge – as bad as they say

  • Young Scrooge

  • A damned soul

Actor 4

  • Record Keeper – comfortable old Rumpole type, and a lot more, too

  • Fezziwig – as in Dickens

  • A damned Woman

  • Fred – Scrooge’s nephew

  • Cratchit – a low-status office clerk

  • Dick Wilkins – a bully

  • Marley’s father – terrible

  • The Shadow

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