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Auditions for Poe’s Unhappy Hour and A Christmas Carol

August 11, 2019 @ 1:00 pm

Poe’s Unhappy Hour, Interactive storytelling of the works of Edgar Alan Poe

Tales of Poe

Edgar Allan Poe            age range 28-35, The famed poet and storyteller himself
Virginia Clemm            age range 17-24, His wife (and cousin)
Rufus Griswald             age range 35+, His arch nemesis and literary critic
Maria Clemm                age range 40+, His Aunt (and mother-in-law)
Butler or Maid 18+      Enchanted by stories and ready to play along

For the audition, please prepare a poem or section of a piece (up to 2 minutes in length) by Edgar Allan Poe.

About the piece: This original interactive historical piece for school groups and public performance will be fully created with the cast. Research will be expected as part of the rehearsal process. All ethnicities will be considered for all roles. Strong improvisational skills required.

Sunday, October 20 daytime
Tuesday, October 22 school day performances*
Wednesday, October 23 school day performances *
Friday, October 25 evening
*more dates may be added

All roles non-equity paid positions

A Christmas Carol

Adapted and directed by Jody Reppert based on the work of Charles Dickens

Casting a variety of ages and types:

EBENEZER SCROOGE                                       miserly old man
BOB CRATCHIT                                                   Scrooge’s employee – hard working / good hearted
MARLEY’S GHOST                                             The spirit of Ebenezer’s dead business partner
FRED                                                                      Scrooge’s young nephew – jovial and happy
GHOST OF CHRISTMAS PRESENT               (m/f) – A big, genial spirit wearing a large robe
GHOST OF CHRISTMAS PAST                       (m/f) wears white tunic has green pine branch in hand
MRS. CRATCHIT                                                Hard-working, outspoken critic of Scrooge
GHOST OF CHRISTMAS FUTURE                non speaking ghost of the future
MARY                                                                    Fred’s wife – also a happy spirit
MISS FEZZIWIG                                                Daughter of Fezziwigs teen/ early 20’s
SCROOGE AS A YOUNG MAN                       Ebenezer in his early 20’s
BELLE                                                                  Scrooge’s fiancé – in her 20’s
MARTHA, PETER, BELINDA, ROBBIE, SARA        children of the Cratchits
SCROOGE AS A BOY                                        Ebenezer at approximately 12 years old
TINY TIM                                                            youngest son of the Cratchits
FRAN                                                                   Ebenezer’s sister –younger than Scrooge as a Boy

A variety of other speaking roles


For the audition, there will be cold readings of the script. Also prepare an acapella verse of a Christmas tune.

About the piece: Billed as “a community event” This delightful adaptation will feature the traditional story with live music and a twist of special guest appearances in several smaller roles.

Performances December 12-15, 2019

All roles non-equity. Some roles paid.




August 11, 2019
1:00 pm
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Yocum Institute for Arts Education
3000 Penn Avenue
West Lawn, PA 19609 United States
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