Sunday, September 4, 2011

Auditions opening soon for Christmas show

What do three actors do when they dread acting in “A Christmas Carol” for the billionth time? They decide to perform every Christmas story ever told — with wacky results.

The Richmond Community Theatre will host auditions for “Every Christmas Story Every Told (And Then Some)” by Michael Carlton, James Fitzgerald and John Alvarez, on Sept. 17 from noon to 4 p.m. Callbacks will happen on the following day, at the same time. The show is scheduled for Dec. 1-10.

The cast calls for three actors, women or men, ages 16 to 92.

“If you are considering auditioning, please take a look at the rehearsal schedule carefully,” said RCT Director Shelly Walker. “This is such an ensemble piece that the three actors in the show will need to be at nearly all, if not all rehearsals.”

If you would like to check out a script and read it before you audition, email Walker at They will ask you to put down a $10 deposit to check out the script, read and return it in four days time, since they only have a limited number of scripts.

There are several roles to fill outside of acting. If you are interested in working on the show regardless of being an actor or not, come the first day of auditions and fill out an interest form.

For people interested in working on the tech crew — lights, sound, set, costumes and props — the theater will have tech crew days on many Wednesday evenings from 5:30 to 7 p.m. and many Saturdays from noon to 4 p.m.

“Come the first day of auditions and tell us which crew you would like to work on most. A tech crew schedule will be posted after auditions,” said Walker.

The audition form is there for your convenience, and you can fill it out before the audition.

The second show scheduled for the season will be “Raisin in the Sun,” a drama by Lorraine Hansberry. It will be presented in celebration of Black History Month. An African-American family in the 1950’s is determined to live a better life and to no longer defer their dreams. First produced in 1959, this pioneering play depicted black life as it had never been seen before. It has become an American classic. This show will take place Feb. 16-25, 2012.

The third show of the season will be “Second Samuel,” a yet-to-be-published Pulitzer Prize winning comedy by Pamela Parker. Life in the small town of Second Samuel seems simple until a secret turns it upside down.

“It’s a hilarious comedy with lots of heart,” said Walker. “This show will be presented April 26 - May 5.”

To celebrate the 2011-2012 season and the 10th anniversary of Richmond Community Theatre Day, the theater

will hold an open house Sept. 8 from 3 to 8 p.m. All community members are invited to stop by.

For questions, contact Walker at or call the theater at (910) 997-3765.