Auditions are Sept. 17 and 18, 6:30- 9 p.m. at Roswell Community Little Theatre (1717 S. Union)

Accents – The play is based on British theatrical group of five actors who perform amazing feats of mediocrity.  So if you would like to try different English/British accents, I encourage you to play with accents.  Do not feel that it is necessary to have a British accent(s) but just have fun with the audition and if you want to, give it a (British) go????
Voices/Characters/Physical Comedy – The five actors play all the roles in this adaptation of Dicken’s classics. Again I would encourage you to play with the characters (their voices and characteristics) and be exaggerated with movement and gestures.  “Have fun!”  When you portray a character in The Christmas Carol go over-the-top, be melodramatic, and have fun..  Think Monte Python silliness (women dressing as men and a man will dress as a woman).
*Take a look at the attachment and come in with YOUR take on the Dicken’s characters. “Have fun!”
Descriptions of the play: A celebration of bad acting,  A comedy of mishaps. Hodge-podge of low humor & sly sophisticated wit.
The characters are described as: Amateur thespians will not be stopped by prop malfunctions, back-fires, and rival cast members.  They have a uniform lack of bad talent and plow thru the performance with a stiff-upper-lip (very British attitude).

MRS. REECE – Mature/not young. Elegant, bossy, enterprising. Tries to be put-together and organized but is actually the opposite. Her vision of the play is here, it’s there, it’s everywhere. (Playing Tiny Tim, Fred’s Wife, a gentleman, Mrs. Dilber, The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come). The gentlemen is selling British flags on the street. Mrs. Dilber is Scrooge’s rough-cut servant.

THELMA – Middle-aged/Mature. Quick-tempered prima donna, She likes having her way and doesn’t like being told what to do. Can be domineering and narcissistic. The adage of “you can’t teach an old dog, new tricks” applies to Thelma. (Playing Ebenezer Scrooge). Scrooge is miserly, money-grubbing old man.

GORDON – Age immaterial. Long-suffering stage manager, frozen-faced and monotonous when acting. Can be a little sarcastic and mischievous frustrated. He is actually the glue of the production and tries to doing the best he can with what he has. (Playing Mrs. Cratchit, Jacob Marley, Half of the Ghost of Christmas Present, The Ghost of Christmas Past, Mr. Fezziwig). Marley was Scrooge’s miserly, business partner. Fezziwig was Scrooge’s good-matured boss.

FELICITY – Young. Nervous, “lacks confidence”, well-meaning but incompetent actress. Seeks approval from elders and is easily intimated. She strives to keep everyone together and not bickering. (Playing half of the Ghost of Christmas Present, Fred, Little Fan, Old Joe). Fred is Scrooge’s optimistic nephew. Little Fan is Ebenezer’s sweet little sister. Old Joe is a gruff, pawn broker.

MERCEDES – Not young. Is charminga but wants to be excepted, loved, and recognized for her talents. Phlegmatic yet dogged, plagued with physical ailments/injuries. She tries to milk the attention she gets from her injuries/ailments. (Playing Bob Cratchit, Belle, a boy). Cratchit is Scrooge’s good-natured clerk.Belle was Scrooge’s very charming fiance. *Lots of physical comedy and silliness.