Performances December 6th – December 9th, inclusive, at Assembly Roxy beginning at 7:30pm each night.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Or is it?
Rachel certainly used to think so. At least she did until her husband Tom confessed on Christmas Eve that it isn’t Santa Claus she hears breaking in but a hitman he’s hired to kill her.
So she better run.
And run she does, plunging herself into a labyrinth of murder, embezzlement, faked disabilities, game shows and a never-ending stream of psychiatrists.
In the end, will Rachel survive this pitch black comedy by Craig Lucas? And more importantly will her love of Christmas?
A note about the ages: The ages listed are only the lower limits of playing ages. Given that many of these characters are related, ages will be decided by the overall make up of the cast. The play, written for doubling, has quite a bit of flexibility when it comes to casting, both in terms of ages as well as genders.
Rachel: (30+) Winsome, optimistic, unflappable, loves Christmas. A survivor.
Pooty: (30+) Lloyd’s wife(ish). Desperately in love, a bit ruthless in a kind way, on edge through constant vigilance. Wheelchair bound and pretended to be deaf and dumb.
Trish: (40+) efficient, duplicitous, suspicious. Definitely up to no good with a secret or two to hide.
First Doctor / Third Doctor / Fifth Doctor: (Any age) Rachel’s doctors. Looking for three different takes on a psychiatrist.
Second Doctor / Fourth Doctor / Sixth Doctor / Woman Patient: (Any age) Rachel’s doctors. Looking for three different takes on a psychiatrist.
Game Show Announcer / Derelict 2: (Any age) Game show announcer, is over the top and gregarious. Think Rod Roddy from the US Price is Right (1986-2003). In theory, the same person fallen on incredibly hard times.
Sue / Receptionist: Think self help guru, motivational speaker. Susan Powter-esque.
News Announcer 3: (Any age). Typical morning Announcer. Think big smiles and nothing gets her down, even the depressing news.
Tom: (35+) Rachel’s husband. Typical WASP. Claims to love his wife, but does he really?
Lloyd: (30+) Married(ish) to Pooty. Saviour complex. Running from his past. Self destructive if his vigilance slips.
Roy: (40+) Typical corporate director. He’s pompous without realizing it.
Tim Timko / Derelict 1: (40+) Dale Winton on crack but a bit snarkier. In theory, the derelict is the same person fallen on incredibly hard times.
Talk Show Host / News Announcer 2: (Any age). Think more Oprah Winfrey and less Jerry Springer.
Man in Ski Mask / Tom Junior: (20+) Rachel and Tom’s son (now grown and in college). A nice kid but a bit lost. The disappearance of his mother has left him more vulnerable than he realizes.
News Announcer 1 / Radio Announcer: (Any age) Typical new anchor. Think big smiles and nothing gets him down, even the depressing news.
The following will all make up the “elf chorus” responsible for moving a lot of the action forward, as well as some of the physical theatre pieces that will be part of the show: Game Show Announcer, Sue, News Announcer 3, Roy, Talk Show Host, Tom Junior, News Announcer 1, and Tim Timko.
Overall breakdown: 8 women and 7 men.
The Auditions and Rehearsals:
Auditions will be held on Sunday, July 23rd from 12:00 until 17:00 and again on Sunday, January 30th from 12:00 until 17:00. Auditions and rehearsals will be held at 18 Buccleuch Place, 1st floor in the Graduate Association offices. You only need to attend one audition session. There is no need to prepare anything for the audition. Audition sides are available for perusal, as is a copy of the script. If you would like a copy of the script or audition sides, please contact the director, David Grimes, at [email protected]
If you cannot make either of the audition dates and wish to audition, please contact us prior to the auditions to arrange another time. We will see people on ad hoc dates on an as needed basis prior to the last audition date. Audition times after the 30th of July will be arranged only if we are unable to cast the production based upon those we have seen at the conclusion of the announced audition dates.
Rehearsals will begin on Sunday, September 3rd at 7:30pm. Rehearsals will be 3 times a week on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday nights. Rehearsals will begin at 7:30pm each night ending at 10:30pm. The rehearsal schedule will be developed to accommodate any unavailability listed on the audition forms.
All cast members are required to be members of the Grads for insurance purposes. Membership fees are £25 and covers the first show in which the member takes part. If you are already a member and have not taken part in a show this year, there is no additional cost for participating in this show. If you are already a member and have taken part in a show with the Grads in 2017, there will be a show fee of £25 for this show.