Seeking actors from their mid-20s through 70s for a Holiday comedy
The Christmas Spirit at Burien Actors Theatre
Burien Actors Theatre (BAT) is seeking actors to play characters from their mid-20s through 70s in the comedy The Christmas Spirit, written by Frederick Stroppel.
Synopsis: When Death arrives to spirit Julia Dowling to the afterlife, Julia instead wheedles him into joining her for a Christmas party with her family. Julia, who had no such party planned, scrambles to persuade her estranged family to come together on Christmas Day. Old resentments surface, new connections are made, and everyone, even Death, feels the magic of the Christmas spirit. A touching and hilarious look at the things that really make life worth living.
Performances are at BAT in Burien from Nov. 29 through Dec. 22, 2019. Shows are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.
Rehearsals begin the week of Oct. 20 at BAT on some weeknight evenings, plus some Saturday afternoons or Sunday afternoons or evening, exact times be determined based on actor availability, until tech week.
BAT has plenty of free on-site parking and is two blocks from the Burien Transit Center.
The director is Taylor Davis.
$200 stipend provided.
Auditions are at Burien Actors Theatre on Tuesday, Sept. 3 from 7:30 to 10 p.m. and Wednesday, Sept. 4 from 7 to 10 p.m. Callbacks will be at Burien Actors Theatre on Thursday, Sept. 5 from 6:30 to 10 p.m. If any of these dates is problematic for you, let us know to see if we can work around it. Video submissions also accepted. Skype available with advance notice.
Actors will audition by reading sides from the script. Sides will be emailed to the actors. Actors auditioning for Paul or Melissa should be prepared to sing something a cappella: Happy Birthday is fine. Please also bring resume and headshot. Callbacks will also be from sides.
NOTE: Seeking actors of all races, ethnicities, gender identities, gender expressions and physical/mental ability for all roles. Actors do not have to be the ages indicated but must be able to convincingly portray them. New York and/or Long Island accent a plus but not required.
Julia Dowling (female, age 72 in script – just a reminder this can be played by range of ages, like any character in the show): A Long Island widow estranged from most of her family. Smart. In love with the possibility of a life that never happened for her.
Visitor/Death a/k/a Jack (male, age 30-60): A charmer who takes his job and its rules very seriously. Wants people to like him. Fascinated by the whole concept of Christmas and a Christmas party, which he has never experienced. Finds himself attracted to Julia.
Beth Dowling (female, age mid-30s to 40s): Julia’s daughter. A no-nonsense, take-charge woman. Doesn’t believe in miracles and hates Christmas, since her fiancé proposed to her on Christmas Eve and was later killed in a car accident. Disappointed by how her life has turned out. Finds herself attracted to Jack.
Aunt Rosemary (female, age 60s-70s): Julia’s sister, highly opinionated and not shy about expressing herself. Bursitis, vertigo and developing cataracts have made her grumpy.
Uncle Bernie (male, age 60s-70s): Rosemary’s husband, laid-back, friendly. Easily befuddled.
Paul Dowling (male, age late 30s to early 40s): Julia’s son, an emerging song writer, specializing in Christmas music. Sings verses from a couple of his songs. Playing piano a plus but not required.
Melissa Rosen (female, age mid-20s to early 30s): Paula’s girlfriend, an aspiring actress, singer and dancer with anorexia. Slender. Jewish. Finds herself falling for Matthew. Sings verse from one of Paula’s songs. Playing piano a plus but not required.
Father John Brennan (male, age 40s to 50s): Family’s parish priest, Catholic. Feels he has been wasting his life, and that he hasnâ€™t done anything that really matters.
Matthew Harris (male, age mid-20s to early 30s): A melancholy recent suicide dragged along to the party by Death. Kills himself over his ex-girlfriend, then finds himself falling for Melissa.