The Christmas Express
by pat cook
Directed by josh adler
Presented by special arrangement with
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).
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