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Auditions for High Springs Playhouse 2022 – 2023 Season

“A Christmas Story”

By Philip Grecian

SHOW DATES: December 2-18, 2022


Audition Dates: October 9 & 10 @ 7pm


Directed by Steve Bates

Humorist Jean Shepherd’s memoir of growing up in the midwest in the 1940s follows 9-year-old Ralphie Parker in his quest to get a genuine Red Ryder BB gun under the tree for Christmas. Ralphie pleads his case before his mother, his teacher and even Santa Claus himself at Higbee’s Department Store. The consistent response: “You’ll shoot your eye out!” All the elements from the beloved motion picture are here, including the family’s temperamental exploding furnace; Scut Farkas, the school bully; the boys’ experiment with a wet tongue on a cold lamppost; the Little Orphan Annie decoder pin; Ralphie’s father winning a lamp shaped like a woman’s leg in a net stocking; Ralphie’s fantasy scenarios and more. A Christmas classsic!




Ralph as an adult : the storyteller/narrator
Ralphie( 8-12 yrs): A bright, winsome, mischievous 5th grade boy… Not a smart-aleck or overly precocious,
The Old Man (25-55 yrs): Gruff and grumbling on the exterior, Ralphie’s Dad has a good heart. He doesn’t overtly show it, but he 100% loves his family. A blue- collar guy, he usually expects the worst out of most situations.
Mother (25-45 yrs): She is the secret engine that runs the family, keeping the household together with a smile–despite bickering children, limited funds, an x- rated lamp in the living room window, a cranky furnace and a crankier husband. Vibrant, warm, affable–but not a pushover–she is always busy, especially anytime she is in the kitchen, and even more so at Christmastime! The actor who plays this role must be very comfortable with children.
Randy: (6-11 yrs) Ralphie’s younger brother, he is cute, lovable and a bit whiny.
Miss Shields (25-45): Ralphie’s 5th grade teacher, a seemingly stereotypical 1940s educator–prim and proper, stern when necessary–though warm and even humorous when the situation merits it.

Santa (30-70 yrs):  The Santa Claus at Higbee’s Department Store is ill- tempered, slightly inebriated and very unhappy with his job–nothing like the “Jolly Old St. Nick” one would dream of meeting! He gets rid of each kid as fast as he can and judges them on their way down.

Flick (8-12 yrs) One of Ralphie’s classmates and best buddies; Flick is the guinea pig in the flagpole licking

Schwartz (8-12 yrs) One of Ralphie’s classmates and best buddies; Schwartz becomes the scapegoat when
Ralphie utters an unmentionable word.

Scut Farkus: (age 12-15 yrs) A textbook example of a schoolyard bully, Scut is loud, obnoxious and intimidating.
This truant is a year or two older than Ralphie and his friends, and wears a perpetual scowl under his coonskin cap.
He always appears at the most inopportune time to harass his victims.

Esther Jane Albury (8-12 yrs) a classmate of Ralphie’s.

Helen Weathers (8-12 yrs) a classmate of Ralphie’s.

Preparation for Auditions: 

Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script.

If you have questions you can email us at [email protected]


Auditions will be held at the High Springs Playhouse, 130 NE 1st Ave. (use for GPS navigation), High Springs, FL  32643

Rehearsals are typically weekday evenings but may vary by director.  Show dates are Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 p.m. and Sundays at 2:00 p.m.

The High Springs Playhouse is a ‘Community Theater’ and we encourage anyone to audition for our season productions. Experience in theater is not required. We welcome theater enthusiasts from all walks of life.

When planning to audition for an HSP production, please consider researching the particular play to see which role(s) you would be interested in and to have an understanding of the story being told. Performers should plan on providing basic information about themselves to the show director and production staff and may be asked to ‘read for’ various roles during the audition. If possible, please print out the Audition Form below and bring it to the audition already filled out with your information.