by RoxyRegionalTheatre on October 30, 2015

“It is the custom on the stage to present the tragic and the comic scenes, in alternation. The hero sinks, weighed down by misfortunes; in the next, his faithful squire regales the audience with a comic song. We behold the heroine in the grasp of a ruthless baron: her virtue in danger, drawing forth her dagger; just as our expectations are wrought up to the highest pitch, we are straightway transported to the great hall, where a funny chorus of vassals roam about, caroling perpetually. Such changes appear absurd; but they are not so unnatural as they would seem at first sight. The transitions in real life from well-spread boards to death-beds, and from mourning-weeds to holiday garments, are not a whit less startling.” [from Chapter 17 of Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist]

I’ve referenced this piece of Dickens not only to segue into a touching thank-you note from nine-year-old Nate Miller, our Artful Dodger in Oliver!

“Thank you for this amazing experience! At the Roxy I have learned to project my voice, face the audience, etc. It has been great meeting nice and talented people every show. Being in a show has really made me happy, and it has helped me through this stressful deployment. I’m glad that my dad will be here in about ten days! Thank you! You’ve been sooooo nice to me, sooooo nice! I’ll miss you guys and the Roxy!” [Nate Miller]

— but to keep Dickens on the front burner, as auditions for the Cratchit children in A Christmas Carol are this coming Monday, November 5, at 5:00pm. We will be selecting multiple casts, so children need not be able to participate in all performances. Interested auditionees do not need to prepare anything, as a script will be provided for the audition, but they must be able to read.

It is the children who choose or have the desire to be in A Christmas Carol — hence they audition. It is a knowing and loving parent who makes the opportunity possible (the proverbial parent taxi service). And it is Tom Thayer, the director, who ultimately decides which of the children will be chosen.

It is not always talent, good looks or skill. Sometimes it is simply a case of being too tall for Tiny Tim, too small for Peter, too short for Belinda, or too grown up to play Martha. Age, grades and good behavior are crucial. Commitment and desire also play a large role in casting for us at the Roxy.

This time is being referred to as “Hallowthanksmas,” since all three holidays are crammed into one space, and productions tumble into one another as the days and nights to Christmas pass.

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde transforms upon the stage for the final time this Saturday at 2:00pm. Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show plays a sold-out house tonight for supporters of the Humane Society, but tickets are still available at press time for this Saturday’s 8:00pm performance and special midnight showing.

See you at the theatre!

[John McDonald]

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