Auditions - Coney Island Christmas - Virtual

Non-AEA Audition Announcement for Locally Grown’s 2021 Holiday Show

Locally grown is excited to announce auditions for their virtual production of Coney Island Christmas by Donald Margulies.  Directed by Natalie Novacek.

 

ABOUT THE PLAY

Pulitzer Prize-winner Donald Margulies weaves together nostalgia, music and merriment in this new seasonal classic. A holiday show for people of all ages and all faiths, Coney Island Christmas introduces us to Shirley Abramowitz, a young Jewish girl who (much to her immigrant parents’ exasperation) is cast as Jesus in the school’s Christmas pageant. As Shirley, now much older, recounts the memorable story to her great-granddaughter, the play captures a timeless and universal tale of what it means to be an American during the holidays.

Coney Island Christmas can be performed with an ensemble of 10 or more with flexible casting and doubling.

 

CHARACTERS

Shirley Abramowitx. 65+, White/European descent, Female or femme-identifying or comfortable playing she/her characters. Age 90. Feisty.

Clara. 12-25, Any race/ethnicity, Female or femme-identifying or comfortable playing she/her characters. Age 12. Shirley’s great-grand-daughter

Young Shirley. 12-25, Any race/ethnicity, Female or femme-identifying or comfortable playing she/her characters. Performs in the holiday pageants.

Mr. Abramowitz. 30s to 50s, Any race/ethnicity, Male or masc-identifying or comfortable playing he/him characters. Shirley’s father, also plays a Side-Show Hawker in a dream sequence.

Mrs. Abromowitz. 30s to 50s, Any race/ethnicity, Female or femme-identifying or comfortable playing she/her characters. Shirley’s mother, also plays Dream Jesus in a dream sequence.

Mrs. Kornblum. 30s to 50s, Any race/ethnicity, Female or femme-identifying or comfortable playing she/her characters. A neighbor, also plays a Teacher and in a dream sequence, will likely double as a classmate of Young Shirley, including performing in the holiday pageants.

Mr. Hilton. 25-45, Any race/ethnicity, Male or masc-identifying or comfortable playing he/him characters. The drama teacher, also plays a Fortune Teller

Miss Glace. 25-45, Any race/ethnicity, Female or femme-identifying or comfortable playing she/her characters. The music teacher, French.

Evie Slotnick. 12-25, Any race/ethnicity, Female or femme-identifying or comfortable playing she/her characters. Shirley’s best friend also performs in the holiday pageants.

Jake Sauerfeld. 12-25, Any race/ethnicity, Male or masc-identifying or comfortable playing he/him characters. Shirley’s crush, also performs in the holiday pageants.

Ira Pushkov. 12-25, Any race/ethnicity, Male or masc-identifying or comfortable playing he/him characters. The wisenheimer in Shirley’s class, also performs in the holiday pageants.

Henry Brown. 12-25, Any race/ethnicity, Male or masc-identifying or comfortable playing he/him characters. A classmate of Shirley’s, also performs in the holiday pageants.

Anna Ling. 12-25, Any race/ethnicity, Female or femme-identifying or comfortable playing she/her characters. A classmate of Shirley’s, also performs in the holiday pageants.

 

AUDITION INFORMATION:

Auditions will consist of a recorded, prepared monologue of your choosing, 45-seconds maximum.  This monologue should use modern language and showcase your skill and personality. We also have some suggested monologues for use here: Audition Sides.

All gender identities and expressions, racial and ethnic backgrounds, and physical abilities are encouraged to audition. Natalie Novacek (Director) is committed to equity, diversity and inclusion in the casting and encourages actors of diverse backgrounds and underrepresented groups to audition.  Please contact Locally Grown if audition accommodations are needed.

The audition form and video submission can be found here.

Audition deadline is September 30th.

This is an unpaid opportunity.

 

REHEARSAL AND PERFORMANCE INFORMATION:

Our rehearsal and performance processes will be entirely virtual. A strong internet connection and quiet workspace is required.

Rehearsals will be in the evenings and on weekends at the availability of the cast  beginning Monday, November 1. Performances will be December 3-5, 10-12, and 17-18, 2021. Time off will be given for the Thanksgiving Holiday We will be in tech and performances during Hanukkah, but accommodations can be made.

Contact information

Locally Grown Theatre
Keith Apperson
Email/contact
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Thursday, September 30
Posted August 31