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White Christmas Audition Announcement

Landmark Community Theatre will be holding auditions for Irving Berlin’s holiday musical, WHITE CHRISTMAS, on Sunday, September 4th and Monday, September 5th at the Thomaston Opera House. Auditions will be on a first come, first served basis. No appointments are required. Auditions will run from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday September 4th and Monday September 5th. Shelby Davis will direct the show with music direction by Jim Luurtsema. The show dates are December 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18 for a total of 8 performances. Rehearsals will begin on Sunday, September 11th and continue to be held 2-3 times a week. Rehearsal days will be Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday evenings.

Auditions

  • Sunday, September 4th 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Monday, September 5th 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Location

  • Thomaston Opera House, 158 Main St. Thomaston, CT 06787

LCT is asking that all people interested in auditioning must be fully vaccinated. Auditioners must bring sheet music with them and be prepared to sing 32 bars (about a minute) of a fully memorized musical theater song showcasing the style and vocal range of the character for which they are auditioning. Songs from WHITE CHRISTMAS will be allowed. Additional vocalizing may also be a part of the audition to determine vocal range and harmonizing skills. An accompanist will be provided; no recorded accompaniment is permitted. All people auditioning should be expected to dance at their audition. Please bring tap shoes if you have them or any appropriate dance shoes and wear clothing you can move in.

LCT is committed to equity, diversity and inclusion. As such, we encourage performers of all races and ethnicities, gender identities, sexualities, abilities, and ages to attend every audition. To performers with disabilities, you are encouraged to audition. Please indicate if you need special services, assistance, or appropriate modifications to fully participate in this event by contacting Andrea Bingham, Production Manager, andrea@landmarkcommunitytheatre.org

Plot Summary: Veterans Bob Wallace and Phil Davis have a successful song-and-dance act after World War II. With romance in mind, the two follow a duo of beautiful singing sisters en route to their Christmas show at a Vermont lodge, which just happens to be owned by Bob and Phil's former army commander. With a dazzling score featuring well-known standards including “Blue Skies,” “I Love A Piano,” “How Deep Is the Ocean” and the perennial title song, White Christmas is an uplifting musical worthy of year-round productions.

Character Breakdown:

  • Bob Wallace (late 20’s to mid 30’s) Male. Lead. Tenor. A singing star, Bob is the guiding force behind the song and dance team of Wallace and Davis. He wears his fame easily and is a born leader, but has some trouble with social and romantic interactions. Despite his occasional gruffness, he is deeply kind and principled man who is searching for his true love.
  • Phil Davis (late 20’s to mid 30’s) Male. Lead. Baritone. The fun-loving, go-getting song and dance partner of the team of Wallace and Davis. An irrepressible clown, operator, and incorrigible ladies’ man who is determined to see his friend happy, even if it requires scheming and outright deception. He has a boyish charm and sex appeal. Strong jazz and tap dancer.
  • Betty Haynes (mid to late 20’s) Female. Lead. Mezzo-Soprano. The sensible, responsible half of the upcoming song-and-dance team, The Haynes Sisters. Destined to be a star in her own right, she is nonetheless hesitant to take the spotlight for herself. A woman of decent, upstanding principles, she is devoted to her younger sister.
  • Judy Haynes (early 20’s) Female. Lead. Alto. The younger, more ambitious, slightly scheming Haynes sister. While wholesome and adorable, she is sexy and flirty – a winning charmer whom no man can resist. Strong jazz and tap dancer.
  • General Henry Waverly (late 50’s to mid 60’s) Male. Supporting role. A retired U.S. Army General, adjusting to returning to civilian life in post-World War II American. Once a powerful leader, he now struggles to run an Inn in Vermont. He remains a man of great principle and dignity. Beneath his curmudgeonly military exterior lies a warm, compassionate man in need of family and love. Non-singing role.
  • Martha Watson (late 40’s to mid 60’s) Female. Supporting role. Alto. Once a Broadway star, now the general’s housekeeper at the Inn, Martha has a very dry, wry, wisecracking sense of humor. Bighearted but completely unsentimental, she runs the General’s life in spite of his protestations. She is an irrepressible meddler, but always for what she believes to be the other guy’s best interests.
  • Susan Waverly (8 – 12 years old) Female. Supporting role. The General’s granddaughter. Susan is lovable and outgoing. Very smart and wise beyond her years. An ultimate child performer.
  • Ralph Sheldrake (mid to late 30’s) Male. Supporting role. Tenor/Baritone/Bass. Army buddy of Bob and Phil’s, now a major television executive with the Ed Sullivan show. Fast-talking New Yorker.
  • Ensemble: All genders. Soprano, Mezzo-Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Baritone, Bass. Strong Ballroom, Jazz, and Tap dancers. Chorus girls, Ezekiel Foster, Mike, Seamstresses, Train passengers. Many lines available.
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