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Silver Spring Stage
A Christmas Story
Play by Philip Grecian
based upon “A Christmas Story” © 1983 Turner Entertainment Co.,
distributed by Warner Bros., written by Jean Shepherd, Leigh Brown and Bob Clark,
and also based upon “In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash” by Jean Shepherd
Our production will be directed by Fred Zirm and produced by David Gross. Auditions will be held at Silver Spring Stage
10145 Colesville Rd, Silver Spring, MD
Saturday, September 11, 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m
Sunday, September 12, 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
Callbacks will be held on Tuesday, September 14, 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
The first readthrough will be on Saturday, September 18, 1:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
(subject to change, depending on cast conflicts).
All roles are open and unpaid.
To audition, actors need to sign up HERE for a one-hour slot.
Be prepared to stay for the full hour. If slots fill up, please email
Walk-ups are permitted but will only be accommodated as time allows.

Some notes about auditions:
* Actors do not need to be the exact ages of the characters. Roles are open to actors of all ethnicities and genders. Actors under 18 will be asked to provide contact information for a parent or guardian.
The parent or guardian will need to provide permission for the actor to accept the role.
* Casting 11 roles (breakdown below). Auditions will be “lukewarm” readings from the script -- the director will give you up to five minutes to go over the scene with a partner before you read. Sides will be provided at auditions.
* You will be asked to note your conflicts for the rehearsal process and run of the show.
* The director may ask to hear you sing something very short (“Happy Birthday”-length) as there
will likely be holiday singing woven into the production. You do not need to be a professional singer!
We just want to hear and see you sing a little tune, as many characters will do so during the course of the show.
*Adult actors will need to present a short, one-minute monologue that you have memorized.
(Do not worry if it is just an excerpt from a longer monologue that feels more complete.)
The memorized monologue is optional for the child actors.
* Actors will need to fill out an audition form and submit a resume and headshot if available.
The form may be downloaded HERE to print and fill out in advance. Actors will need to note
their conflicts throughout the rehearsal process and run of the show, Sept. 15-Dec. 19.
*Please note that Hanukkah coincides with dates leading up to the performances. If you cannot
rehearse during that time period, please indicate that on your audition form.

COVID Safety Precautions and Expectations
• Actors/parents/guardians are required show proof of vaccination or proof of a negative
COVID test that is less than one week old.
• Actors who are too young for the vaccine may be asked to test again after that as in-person rehearsals continue.
• Masks are required for everyone at auditions and for all in-person rehearsals.
The only time actors will potentially be asked to remove their masks is during dress rehearsal and performance.
• All people attending rehearsals will be asked to fill out a daily screening before working in person.
• During the weeks of in-person rehearsals, actors are asked to limit their exposure outside of rehearsal
as much as possible.
• Actors will work with the director and stage manager to determine a rehearsal plan that best fits their needs.
• For more information on Silver Spring Stage’s COVID protocols,

“A Christmas Story” will start rehearsals in mid-September and continue through early December.
The show will run for two weekends from December 11-19.
Performances will be Friday and Saturday nights at 8:00 p.m.,
along with 2:00 p.m. matinees on Saturdays and Sundays.
Rehearsals will be three to five times a week on both weeknights and weekends, depending on cast availability. Cast attendance is required at all rehearsals as called by the director and stage manager,
unless a conflict has been previously indicated.
Cast must be available for all tech and dress rehearsals, performances, and brush ups

Show Synopsis
This stage version of young Ralphie Parker’s great quest to ensure that a Red Ryder BB gun will await him under the Christmas tree was inspired by the movie cherished by so many. The memorable characters and setting are all there. It is Christmastime in the Midwest in the 1940s, and Ralphie must grapple with bullies, friends, his little brother, parents, teachers, and even Santa Claus himself. All the moments your friends and family can’t wait to revisit year after year will be inventively brought to life on stage! With wonderful roles for actors who are both young and young-at-heart, this play promises to delight audiences of all ages while relishing the process of telling what some might argue is the greatest holiday classic of them all!

Character Breakdown
• Narrator (also plays: cowboy, tree lot owner, delivery man, voice of a neighbor): male,
probably over 40. Ralph as an adult.
• Ralphie Parker: male, about nine years old.
• Mother: female, probably in her 30’s. Ralphie’s mother.
• The Old Man (also plays: Santa Claus, a jolly old elf; heard never seen): male,
probably in his 30’s. Ralphie’s father.
• Randy: male, about six years old. Ralphie’s younger brother.
• Miss Shields: female, 30’s or older. Ralphie’s teacher
• Flick (also plays: Desperado One): male, about nine years old. Ralphie’s friend and classmate.
• Shwartz (also plays: Desperado Two): male, about nine years old. Ralphie’s friend and classmate.
• Esther Jane Alberry: female, about nine years old. Classmate.
• Helen Weathers: female, about nine years old. Classmate.
• Scut Farkas (also plays: Black Bart): male, about nine years old. A bully.
NOTE: If you have any questions, please email us at
Silver Spring Stage is an all-volunteer community theatre.

Peace Mountain Theatre Company
by Ayad Akhtar
Directed by Bill Hurlbut
Auditions in person on
Sunday, September 12 and Monday, September 13 at 7:00pm
All auditions held at The Writer’s Center
4508 Walsh Street, Bethesda, MD 20815
(COVID Safety Precautions: Actors are required to be fully vaccinated;
auditioners are required to wear masks when not reading.)
All roles are open.
Actors will be reading from sides and should submit
headshots and resumes in advance to
In-person auditions are preferred, but video auditions will be accepted on request.
Peace Mountain is a professional theatre company; all actors will be paid.

Note: Ethnicity and race are central issues in this play.
Roles will be cast as close as possible to the descriptions.

Amir – Male, Pakistani-American, late 30s to early 40s.  He is Emily’s husband and Abe’s uncle. Amir is a brilliant, ambitious, and successful lawyer. He is so sharply dressed and sophisticated it nearly masks
his deep self-consciousness and insecurity. He is very “liberal” in his view of religion and a critic of Islam.
He feels he is on the verge of a career breakthrough but is insecure about his standing at the firm.

Emily – Female, White, early to mid 30s. Amir’s wife is warm, articulate, and compassionate, a complement
and contrast with Amir.  She is a talented painter on the cusp of significant success.  She developed an
interest in the art of Islam as a way to understand her husband’s culture and has worked hard to
educate herself and broaden her personal and world views.

Abe – Male, Pakistani-American, early 20s. Amir’s nephew is “As American as American gets,” vibrant and endearing in his hoodie, skinny jeans, and high-tops. He is strong, quiet, and a thoughtful, passionate
young man of conviction.  He is smart and engaging with an awakening sense of social and personal justice.

Isaac – Male, White, late 30s to early 40s.  Isaac is a curator at the Whitney Museum, a man with
immense power in the art world, which he knows but doesn’t often flaunt.  As part of the intellectual elite
in New York City he is quick with a quip and a sharp critical eye and tongue.  He would be irritatingly
snobbish if he weren’t also charming.  He is not political by nature but he is a committed Jewish liberal.

Jory – Female, African-American, mid- to late 30s.  Jory, Isaac’s wife, is an ambitious and savvy lawyer, intelligent, commanding, forthright.  She is confident and self-assured having wrestled her way to the top
of the law firm where she and Amir work. She is not afraid to fight for what she wants and to get her
hands dirty if necessary.

Amir Kapoor, an upwardly mobile New York acquisitions lawyer, has distanced himself from his Muslim upbringing, but meanwhile, his artist wife Emily, is drawing inspiration from Islam to inform a new direction
in her painting. When Amir’s nephew Abe convinces him to help an imam in legal trouble, Amir’s carefully constructed career and relationships are at potential risk. Subsequently, Emily and Amir host a dinner party
with Emily’s agent, Isaac, and his wife Jory, also a rising star in Amir’s law firm; at the party, a discussion
of the imam’s case devolves into a bitter argument about Middle East politics.  Disgraced depicts underlying
racial and ethnic prejudices that can find sanctuary in the highest social tiers and without regard to
liberal sentiments.

If you have questions, please email Bill Hurlbut, Director at
Performance Dates: November 11-14, 19-21, 2021
Thursdays – Saturdays at 8:00pm
Sundays at 2:00pm
All performances at The Writer’s Center

Opens August 27th
Shoestring Theatre Company
The Frenchman
The remarkable true story of Virginia’s French Colony.

Performances August 27 & 28 at 7pm City of Fairfax at Veterans Amphitheatre
Tickets $20 in advance/$25 at the door
September 11 at 7pm St. Leo the Great School Gym
A dinner theatre benefit for KOVAR
Tickets $20 Includes Dinner
Email: for reservations
September 18 at 7pm Arts Herndon
Tickets $20 in advance / $25 at the door
For more information please visit our website or contact:Amelia Townsend, 703-731-2895

In a remote corner of SouthwestVirginia, Pierre du Tubeuf staked his claim to build his colony of St. Marie
on the Clinch River – a new French settlement far from the threats of the FrenchRevolution.
With letters of introduction from Lafayette and dreams of building a new coal enterprise in Virginia,
du Tubeuf was forced to leave part of his family behind in France. Pierre and his fellow French settlers
survived a deadly sea voyage only to have their servants abandon them upon their arrival to Virginia. 
But the nightmare was only beginning. In Russell County, Pierre found that nothing was
as he had been promised. 

The Frenchman makes its world premiere at 7 p.m. on August 27-28
at Veterans Amphitheatre, adjacent to Fairfax City Hall, 10455 ArmstrongStreet.
Tickets are available in advance and on the days of the performance. 
Additional performances will be September 11 in Fairfax and September 18 in Herndon. 
“This is a remarkable true story that changed the course of history in southwest Virginia,”
said Amelia Townsend, director of the play, “The land where Pierre dreamed of a French colony
became Virginia’s newest state park in 2021.” 

This original work brings a stellar cast to the stage: Camilo Eraso as the visionary Pierre du Tubeuf,
Janet Devine Smith asMarie du Tubeuf, John Geddis as the Marquis de Chaulier,
Danny Seal as Charles DeSpada and Thomas Jefferson, Edgar Johnson as Simon Perchant,
Evan Zimmerman as Francois du Tubeuf, Wendy Labenow as Louisa, and Lydia Matson as E
usebe. Matson also is costume designer. Jon Roberts, an award-winning sound designer
and projectionist is production designer. Original 18th century music was provided by a trio of high school brothers from Big Stone Gap, Va. TheSons of Liberty specialize in 18th century music. 

ShoestringTheatre Company, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, shares the authentic culture
of southwest Virginia to life through original stories that arep resented across the Commonwealth.
 Shoestring Theatre Company is generously supported by the City of Fairfax,
the Fairfax Commission on the Arts, the City of St. Paul, Va., the Knights of Columbus,
and the Four Winds at Oakton.

Opens September 24th
Rockville Little Theatre
by Neil Simon
Directed by Laura W. Andruski
September 24, 25, 26
October 1,2,3
Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm
Sundays at 2pm

F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre
603 Edmonston Drive, Rockville, MD 20851
Adults - $22, Seniors (62 and over) - $20, Students (with valid I.D.) - $20
Box Office: 240-314-8690

Rockville Little Theatre
Bad Seed
by Maxwell Anderson
Directed by Pauline Griller-Mitchell
Monday, October 4 & Wednesday, October 6 at 7pm

Please plan to arrive no later than a half hour after the start time.*
Attend on the date that is more convenient.
Auditions will include cold readings from the script, individually and in groupings.
Please be prepared to list your conflicts (i.e, dates when you can’t attend rehearsals).
Auditions will be held at the
Glenview Mansion Cottage
603 Edmonston Drive, Rockville, MD 20851
Callbacks will be scheduled if needed.
No appointments. All roles are unpaid.
All our shows use Open Casting, with no roles pre-selected.
RLT is committed to diversity, open to non-traditional casting, and will consider actors of all ethnicities.
Actors of all ethnicities are encouraged to audition.
Audition form available here. Download it, print it out, fill it out, and bring it to auditions.
Conflict calendar available here. Download it, print it out, fill it out, and bring it to auditions.
For more information about auditions, contact the production team at

Please note, due to ongoing safety concerns, all participants in an RLT production
must be vaccinated for COVID-19. Exceptions may be given for medical or religious concerns.
However, non-vaccinated volunteers may only participate in select ways.
For more information, please contact

Performance Dates:
January 2022: 30, 31, February 1*, 6, 7, 8*
Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm
* Sunday Matinees at 2 pm

Cast of Characters
Rhoda Penmark - 9 year-old Rhoda is sweet, charming & polite on the surface, loved by her parents,
admired by all her elders. But there is something evil going on deep within Rhoda's mind, she plays everyone
like a game of chess, and always gets what she wants... no matter the cost. (F- must appear to be 10-12)

Col. Kenneth Penmark - A good looking officer, in love with his wife and completely smitten with his little girl Rhoda. He is blind to the events that occur while he is away for work. (M- 30-40)

Christine Penmark - Pretty, gentle, gracious woman, dedicated to being a good wife and wonderful mother. Her life is given meaning by the affection she gives and receives. She learns that her world famous father is her adoptive father, and that family secrets may have given birth to an evil she cannot accept. (F- 30-40)

Monica Breedlove - Widow, intelligent, voluble, and perhaps overly friendly. She is smitten with the Penmarks, and a gossipy know-it-all. She is fascinated with Rhoda, showering the child with gifts and being
all too excited over Rhoda's small graces. She is an ear for Christine to cry to and arm to hold on to
as events take place. (F- 45-60)

Emery Wages - Monica Breedlove's younger brother, plump and friendly, though much quieter than Monica
and reserved in many cases. (M- 35-45)

Leroy - The Groundskeeper/Janitor of the Apartment building the Penmarks and Breedloves live in.
He feels he is not in his rightful place in life, being so high-minded and more intelligent than the rest
of these 'rich folks' and their wonderful lives of leisure and luxury. He becomes Rhoda's foil in the show,
but at the same time, has a strange fascination/admiration for her. (M- 30-60)

Miss Fern - Rhoda's teacher. She is the one who first makes Christine aware that something may be off
with little Rhoda, and the one who ultimately asks that Rhoda not come back to the school
after the end of the year. (F- 30-50)

Reginald Tasker - A friend of the Breedloves who writes detective stories and has made himself a minor expert
in the history of crime and enjoys going into gruesome details when he can. (M- 40-50)

Mrs. Daigle - The distraught mother of the deceased Claude Daigle, who was drowned at the school picnic.
She spends most of the show intoxicated, and accusing the Penmarks, specifically Rhoda; of her little boy's death. She is both envious and angry with Christine, yet somehow looking for comfort from her as well. (F- 30-40)

Daigle - Husband of Mrs. Daigle, also distraught over the loss of his son, but far less interested in his wife's method for getting answers. Rather embarrassed by her actions. (M- 30-45)

Messenger - Messenger carrying the good news and bad out of the Penmark home. (M- 20-30)

Richard Bravo - Christine's father, later we find he is in fact her adoptive father, and the manner in which he adopted her is rather a secret in and of itself. Handsome once, somewhat stern and weary now. (M- 50-60)

Christine Penmark seems to have it all, a loving husband, a beautiful home, and the perfect daughter, Rhoda.
But when a child drowns under suspicious circumstances, the whole town starts to speculate about what really happened... was it truly an accident? Was it a classmate? Who knows more than they are telling?
Christine's secret past is revealed and the fear grows to a chilling finale in this psychological thriller..

The Maryland Community Theatre Festival Association
Will hold its next
MD Community Theatre Festiva
January 14-17, 2022
Hosted by Potomac Playmakers
Hagerstown, MD.

We invite all our Community Theatre Companies
In Maryland and DC
To start planning for their entries!
We intend to make this the biggest and best Festival in years!
Please drop by our website and fill out an Intent to Participate Form!!!

Please let me know what our wonderful local theatre community is doing.
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Above all else, be safe!
Be creative, but be safe.