The Avalon Foundation seeks the REAL Santa (and a whole other host of characters) for its annual holiday production, “Miracle on 34th Street.” “Finding the right Santa Claus is key to the success of this year’s production,” said Tim Weigand who will once again direct the show. “If you think you look like Santa Claus, if you have been told you look like Santa Claus, or if you have the demeanor of Santa Claus, please come out. We will work with you to make it a great experience and even if you are a beginner, we will help you feel confident when you hit the stage. That’s what rehearsing is all about.”
Actors of any talent level are encouraged to try out. Many people over the years have had their first experiences on the stage through this annual tradition. Walter Thomas Jr., Front Office Manager at the Tidewater Inn, played Bert in last year’s performance of “It’s a wonderful Life” had this to say about acting in The Avalon production. ”It was a great and memorable experience. It was amazing to see how we moved from reading a script from a book, to actually bringing the characters to life on stage. What a great experience! Everyone was like family, it was sad to see it come to a close on finale night. Great friendships, it made an everlasting memory. I am looking forward to the next production. No one knows what he can do until he tries.”
Auditions for this year’s show will be on Thursday, September 18 from 6:30-8:30, Sunday, September 21st from 12:30-2:30 and Thursday, September 25 from 6:30-8:30. The option is available to call The Avalon Theatre direct at 410-822-7299 to set up an audition if the above dates are a conflict. All those who wish to audition will be accommodated. There are almost 30 parts to cast and adults and children are encouraged to try out. No parts have been precast. Auditions will consist of reading and interpreting scenes from the “Miracle on 34th Street” script. The scenes will be provided upon arrival at the Avalon. Those who audition will take a few minutes to get acquainted with the scene, they will be asked if they have any questions and once answered, begin the scene. “Monologues are not required”, said Weigand, “but if you have one, you are welcome to do that too.”
The show runs from the 19th of December to the 22nd and again on the 27th and 28th of December. Typically rehearsals run 2 days a week leading up to the week before the show, when rehearsals will be every night leading up to opening night, Friday the 19th.
“We are excited to present “Miracle on 34th Street” this year”, said Jessica Rogers who is the producer for the show and General Manager at the Avalon. “Anyone who wants to be part of something special this holiday season is encouraged to come out. We are thrilled that the holiday play has become an annual tradition and look forward to another special holiday season with many more lasting memories.”
For more information call The Avalon at 410-822-7299.