Village Theatre Troupe Hosts Auditions for "A Christmas Carol"

Village Theatre Troupe Hosts Auditions for "A Christmas Carol"
Posted on 10/06/2012

The Village of Orland Park Theatre Troupe will hold auditions for its holiday show, "A Christmas Carol," adapted by L. Don Swartz.

This faithful yet unique adaptation of the Charles Dickens' holiday story begins in "another world" where Tiny Tim appears. More than just an employee's crippled son, he is a symbol of Scrooge's own infirmity. Scrooge's deceased business partner, Marley, is granted permission to return to Earth with a small but powerful army of holiday spirits on his adventure to convert the covetous old sinner into a Yuletide saint. The most popular scenes of the novel are dramatized, but especially powerful is the future scene of Bob Cratchit's gut-wrenching loss of his beloved Tim, as is the moment in reality when Scrooge hugs the boy's small form.

"We're excited to present a unique adaptation of a holiday classic," said Stephanie Simpson, the Recreation Department program supervisor who serves as executive producer for the village's productions. "'A Christmas Carol' is a favorite for so many. We're looking forward to bringing it to the Orland Park stage," she added.

Actors age six and up are invited to audition Monday, October 8 or Tuesday, October 9 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Orland Park's Old Village Hall, 14413 South Beacon Avenue. Those auditioning must bring a prepared piece of sheet music and dress in dance attire. A vocal, dance and reading audition will be expected. Once cast, participants must pay a $35 registration fee.

"Orland Park and the entire south suburban region are rich with talent," said Orland Park Theatre Troupe Resident Producer/Director Frann Carnivele-Sidlow. "We're looking forward to having a multi-generational cast perform in our holiday production," she said.

Rehearsals will be held Sunday afternoons and Monday and Thursday evenings, October 14 through December 13. Performances are December 14, 15 and 16 at the Orland Park Civic Center.

For more information, call the village's Recreation Department at 708/403-Park.