Call for Auditions
Jackson County Community Theatre will hold auditions for their Christmas-season production of Victor Herbert’s classic musical, “Babes in Toyland,” September 25 and 26, from 6:30 to 9:00 pm, at the Brownstown United Methodist Church, 110 N. Poplar Street. Show dates are December 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10. Those trying out should first make sure of their availability on those dates. Rehearsals will begin the first week of October.
This is an updated version by Ken Holamon, with music by Victor Herbert. All of the music and fantasy characters of the classic story are included in this contemporary adaptation: Contrary Mary, Tom-Tom, Little Bo Peep, Boy Blue, and their many friends. As the adventure begins, we find that there may not be Christmas this year! Barnaby, the miser of Mother Goose Village, threatens to foreclose the mortgage on the old woman’s shoe, but her children know what to do. They venture to Toyland to ask the master toymaker for help, because he can do anything! Getting there, however, involves traversing the Haunted Forest, braving giant spiders, and escaping Barnaby’s bumbling henchmen. A beautiful, enchanted butterfly leads them safely to the gates of Toyland, where they soon discover that the master toymaker is in a quandary himself. There may not be Christmas in Toyland either! He’s lost the formula for his magic potion that brings toys to life. The children and toymaker work together to find the formula in time for “you-know-who’s” famous sleigh ride around the world, and the old woman’s shoe is saved due to the toymaker’s clever and quick thinking.
Parts are available for adults and children. Six adult men are needed for character parts. One is a non-singing villain. Four others are singing parts: ruffians and a toymaker and his assistant. In addition, a young adult man, age 18-30, is needed to play the singing part of the hero. Three adult women are needed for characters of the widow and two others, all singing parts. Adults are also needed for the chorus of villagers and gypsies, who will sing and dance, and spiders and toy soldiers who dance only. Eight to ten children, ages 6-18, who portray the widow’s children, will need to sing. In addition, a children’s chorus of villagers and elves will need to sing and dance. Ballerinas who portray the butterfly and toy ballerinas, are also needed. They should be female teens or young adults.
Actors will need to present a monologue during the audition. They may bring one of their choice or use one which will be provided. Singers should prepare a song to perform. An accompanist will be available for those who wish to bring music. Following the individual monologues and songs, all will participate in readings from the script.
The show will be directed by John Rohlfing, assisted by Julie Rohlfing. Anyone wishing to help with the play in a non-acting position may come to tryouts, or contact Jackson County Community Theatre at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 812-358-5228. Stage crew members, set builders, light and sound operators, costume builders, prop managers, ushers, and concession workers are all needed. No prior experience is needed for acting or any other job. Tickets for the show will be on sale November 1 at www.jcct.org, Family Drug in Brownstown, and Artistic Impressions Framing in Seymour.