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Auditions: Tinseltown Christmas

by Chana Wise
Music by Carl Johnson

Directed by James Brust
Produced by Grant Gelvin
Musical Director: Victoria Patton

Audition Dates & Times: Sunday and Tuesday, September 13 and 15; 7-9pm
Callbacks: Wednesday, September 16; 7-9pm
Readings from script, singing from libretto.
Audition & Callback Venue: First United Methodist Church, 341 South Kalmia Street, Escondido

Performances: Fridays and Saturdays, 8pm, Sundays, 2pm; November 20–December 20, 2015.
No performances Thanksgiving weekend.
Venue: Patio Playhouse, 116 South Kalmia Ave, Escondido 92025
Between Vinz Wine Bar and Continental Deli


Synopsis: Monica hates living next door to Steve. Steve hates living next door to Monica. But Monica and Steve can agree on one thing: neither of them has any use for Christmas, that time of year when "everyone's perfectly happy...but everyone's faking." Then the ghosts of four stars from "Golden-Age" Christmas movies pop out of Monica's TV on a mission of holiday cheer, and soon decide to try hitting two birds with one love story!

Role Descriptions: 
All roles are open except for Judy Garland. All characters except Buddy sing.

Monica – mezzo/alto; any age, but must have romantic chemistry with Steve - Woman with a history. Fed up with Christmas.

Steve – tenor; any age, but must have romantic chemistry with Monica - Man with a history. Fed up with Christmas.

Ensemble (2m, 2w) Christmas carolers, Monica’s customers, pizza delivery person, movie extras

Buddy, Hollywood apartment complex manager - annoying, but harmless. (May be in ensemble.)

The Stars - We're not seeking “look-alikes.” What we care about is whether you can capture the sound and personality of one of these movie stars so well that the audience will "play along" with the conceit that you are that movie star. Monologues are required for these parts. Monologues from the script can be found below.
  • Judy Garland [This part has been cast.]
  • Jimmy Stewart – baritone. The movie star as he appeared in It's a Wonderful Life.
  • Bing Crosby – bass-baritone. The movie star as he appeared in Holiday Inn.
  • Natalie Wood – soprano. The movie star as an adult, but forced to dress as her six-year-old character from Miracle on 34th Street.
You can hear songs from the show at: www.tinseltownchristmas.com/About-Us.html


Audition Information and Instructions:
  • Prepare 32 bars (or 1 minute) of a song in the style of the show, plus an appropriate monologue up to 1-minute long if you want to audition for one of the four "Stars."
  • Bring your accompaniment track on USB compatible device or CD. No a cappella auditions, please.
  • If you want to only be considered for the role of Buddy, you may bring a 1-minute monologue instead of a song.
  • Monologues are welcome but not required for the roles of Monica and Steve.
  • Please bring a headshot and resume if possible, and a list of conflicts starting September 23.
  • Questions? Email/call Shawn Tallent at shawntallent@patioplayhouse.com or (858) 254-7368. (Please call only after 4 PM.)


If you are auditioning for one of the "Stars," you must bring a monologue. We recommend you use the appropriate monologue from below.
  • Judy: [This part has been cast]

  • Natalie: Now, look dear, since we came to visit you, you’re the only one who's supposed to be able to see us. But it doesn’t really matter now. We can tell when we’re not wanted or needed. And it’s obvious how you feel about old movies….so we’re going to your neighbor’s apartment. Mr. Chapman. What an adorable man. He didn’t actually recognize us so we just told him we’re friends of yours- that seemed to be surprising enough. He reminds me of Clark Gable. Handsome, but very friendly.

  • Bing: Miss Ness won’t be looking for us. She knows where we are alright. She’d be over here herself if she had any nerve. And don’t say we don’t know her at all. We know her pretty well. You better believe it. Better than she does, I think. You bet! Don’t worry, she hasn’t put us up to anything. Just between you and me, pal, as far as you’re concerned, I don’t think torture is what she has in mind. Buh buh buh buh….I just think it’s a shame you two kids don’t get along. I mean, knowing how she really feels about you.

  • Jimmy. I just have a funny feeling that this whole set up with Monica and Steve- well, it was all just a little too easy, don’t you think? Well, shor its nice for a change, but...but, it just isn’t realistic. I mean think about it. The whole storyline-- It-it- Well, where’s the conflict? Where’s the big surprise that no one knows about that throws a monkey wrench into the deal? What movie doesn’t have one of those? Why, they all do, don’t they? All the good ones, anyway.