Upcoming Auditions


The Christmas Express

by pat cook

Directed by josh adler

Presented by special arrangement with

dramatic publishing

Auditions will be in September: Monday the 9th (6:00P-8:00P) and Tuesday the 10th (6:00P-8:00P). A callback may be held on Wednesday, September 11th (6:00P-8:00P)

Rehearsals times TBD.

Production Dates: The Christmas Express will have six performances, December 6th (Fri), 7th (Sat), 12th (Thu), 13th (Fri) and 14th (Sat) at 7:00P; and a 2:00P matinee on December 8th (Sun).

Audition Instructions:
Auditions will be held on the second floor of Dalton Little Theatre. Though it isn’t necessary, actors are encouraged to attend all three days of auditions. Additionally, actors should plan on arriving a bit early and remaining for the full two hour audition period.

Actors should come dressed to move, bring water, and be prepared for both some improvisation and cold readings from the script.

"This is the most hopeless place in the world!" Hilda intones as she and Satch, her assistant, argue over what time it is. She dreams of faraway places and only finds tedium in running the Holly Railway Station. That is, until Leo Tannenbaum drops in out of nowhere the day before Christmas Eve. Suddenly, an old radio that hasn't worked in years springs to life, the local group of carolers (which usually yowls like a gang of wet cats) begins to sound like the Morman Tabernacle Choir and the whole town gets the Christmas spirit. Coincidence? Or is Leo doing all this? Even Satch changes his tune when it turns out that Leo might be on the run. This nostalgic theatrical greeting card is full of eccentric small town characters, wise-cracking their way to finding the true wonder of Christmas. And on the way, they make us all wish we could take a ride on The Christmas Express.

Hilda Trowbridge: A rather grumpy woman in her 40s, manages the Hilly Railway Station

Satch Brunswick: Hilda’s assistant with a better outlook on life, in his 40s

Maggie Clooney: A mail carrier in her mid-30s

Leo Tannenbaum: A pixie-ish man in his 50s. There is magic about him

Penelope Blaisedale: Editor of the local newspaper, The Holly Herald. In her mid-30s

Mr. Fairfax: An ominous man in his mid-50s

Myrna Hobsnagle: Secretary at city hall, in her 40s

Donna Fay Cummings: A stubborn newlywed in her 20s

Jerry Cummings: Donna’s equally stubborn husband, a little slow at times

Deborah Smith: A slightly haggard woman in her 30s