Written by by Victor Gialanella
Set in nineteenth-century Switzerland, this classic tale of horror and suspense details the ill-fated experiments of young Dr. Frankenstein as he attempts to fathom the secrets of life and death. Purchasing cadavers from two unsavory grave robbers, he give life to a creature both hideous and touching—and so physically powerful and mentally twisted that he soon brings death or destruction to all who stand in his way. Adhering more closely to the original novel than did the famous motion picture versions, the play blends moments of brooding terror and sudden shock with questions of morality and the dangers of unrestrained scientific inquiry.
First presented at the Loretto-Hilton Repertory Theatre, in St. Louis, and then lavishly re-mounted for its New York production, this classic thriller is offered here in the easier-to-stage pre-Broadway version. Blending thrills and shuddering horror with moments of touching sentiment and compelling philosophical insights, the play accomplishes the singular feat of being as moving and affecting as it is terrifying.
"No question, Gialenella's script caught the legendary excitement of the Frankenstein story." —Saturday Review.
"FRANKENSTEIN is more than a horror story…much more." —St. Louis Citizen. "…the most visually exciting stage presentation of the season." —The Hollywood Reporter.
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A Christmas Story"
he El Paso Playhouse continues its 54th season with its first ever production of "A Christmas Story" by Jean Sheperd and written for the stage by Philip Grecian. Directed by Veronica Frescas
Audition times: Sun. Oct. 8 at 7:00 pm- 9:00 pm & Mon. Oct. 9 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm. More information at www.elpasoplayhouse.com
All adults and kids will be asked to:
1. Tell a personal short story about a family, sport, or school trip.
2. Sing a favorite Christmas song.
3. Read from the short scenes that will be provided.
Questions or more information contact director, Veronica Frescas at email@example.com
Based on the humorous writings of author Jean Shepherd and the motion picture of the same name, A Christmas Story follows the wintry exploits of young Ralphie Parker, who spends most of his time dodging a bully, and dreaming of his ideal Christmas gift: an official Red Ryder Carbine-Action 200-shot Range Model Air Rifle. But first, he’ll have to navigate past a maniacal department store Santa, an infamous leg lamp, a triple-dog-dare to lick a frozen flagpole, and much more. Nominated for three Tony Awards in 2013, A Christmas Story is a classic and heartfelt holiday tale.
RALPH adult/male, is a charismatic storyteller who has the ability to weave a spell and draw an audience into his magical world. He is omniscient but not overpowering. Good-natured. Deadpan sense of humor. He holds the audience with his tremendous presence and spark. He becomes a physical part of the storytelling, a narrator who comes in and out of the scenes. When he is onstage as the narrator, he is unnoticed by the other characters (except for the few occasions when he has direct interaction with Ralphie.) Must have energy, stamina, stage presence to carry the show and handle the large number of lines.
THE OLD MAN adult/male a guy with a good heart, though it is buried beneath a sometimes gruff and rough exterior. He's a devoted husband and father who loves his family, but doesn't overtly show it. He usually expects the worst, but is capable of excitement if the situation warrants. In Ralphie's fantasies he is transformed from his usual grumbling blue-collar self to a true showman.
MOTHER adult/female, is one patient parent; she knows how to handle almost every situation, even if it's something she doesn't agree with. More in charge of the family than the Old Man is, but she would never let him know it. She is warm and affable...at times a bit daffy-but not a pushover. A vibrant woman, she is always busy especially anytime she's in the kitchen. She is the secret engine that keeps the family running, keeping the household together with an impressive balancing act.
MISS SHIELDS adult/female, Ralphie's school teacher. Must be able to transition from the strict school teacher to the hilarious melodrama/fantasy scene where she fawns over Ralphie's impressive essagy about the Red Ryder BB gun.
RALPHIE youth/male. Ralph's younger self, he should be charismatic and determined; Ralphie dreams and plots to ensure he gets the perfect Christmas gift. A bit mischievious and rascally but with a twinkle in his eye. Must have a big personality, excellent comedic timing, big facial expressions and strong stage presence.
RANDY youth/male. Ralphie's little brother. Randy doesn't like to eat, makes a lot of messes and is a bit shy. About 7-9 years old depending on age of hte actor playing Ralphie.
FLICK youth/male. Same age as Raphie. Ralphie's whiny friend who sticks his tongue to the cold flagpole.
SCHWARTZ youth/male. Same age as Ralphie. Ralphie's loud-mouthed, obnoxious friend.
SCUT FARCUS youth/male. Same age as Ralphie. The neighborhood bully.
ESTHER JANE youth/female. Same age as Ralphie. Sweet, innocent, and adorable. Has a crush on Ralphie.
HELEN youth/female. Same age as Ralphie. A mature "know-it-all" with attitude. The only kid in the entire school who can intimidate the bully Scut Farcas.
Head shot and Resume preferred.
The audition will consist of cold readings.
1-2 min monologue either comedic or dramatic are welcomed.
October 8 & 9, 2017