|"A Christmas Carol" 2004|
Directed by Tim Giugni this production was interesting from the auditions.
The first night of three nights of auditions served up seven enthusiastic people. Not bad as only 18 were needed. The next night another five. The next night there was no one new.
Emergency auditions were called for. Night one there was a grand total of no one, zero, nada or not a peep.Night two saw a few of the original auditionees but no one new. There was no night three.
Emergency audition set two saw the return of five of the first weeks twelve. I sent every one home.
I was sad that we couldn't do the show. My wife, Emily, told me to "Just Do IT and who cares what happens".
WELL. I scrapped the idea of a big cast and begged and pleaded with people and got the cast up to 13. Four men- ages 15 to 60 (15, 45ish and 2 at 60 something.). Eight women- ages 15 to 27 (3 15-ish, 18, 22, 24 & 27). For those of you that can add, you will notice that's only 12. I had three children that auditioned ages 6, 8 and 10. I promoted the 10 year old to a host of parts including Christmas Past. Therefore the actual cast was 13 and 2 or what we like to call in lay-person's terms 15.
At first I kept waiting for a Scrooge to show up and during that time I had Katherine stand in as a human place marker. Little did I know that she would end up being Scrooge.