A Nice FamilyChristmas

by Phil Olson
directed by Phil Myers

Auditions and Performances to be held at Beatniks On Conkey, 420 Conkey Street, Hammond, IN

Audition Dates:
Sunday October 2, 2022 5:00 PM
Monday October 3 7:00 PM

Performance Dates:
Friday, December 9, 2022, at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, December 10, at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, December 11, at 2:00 p.m.

Friday, December 16, at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, December 17, at 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, December 18, at 2:00 p.m.

Story Synopsis:

Itís Christmas Eve, and a young newspaper reporter on the brink of being fired has been assigned a last-chance story about a typical family Christmas Ė his familyís Christmas. He goes home to his recently widowed mother, his crazy uncle, his eccentric grandmother, and his battling siblings and their neurotic spouses, who provide no shortage of material. One by one, we learn each family memberís secrets, problems, and dysfunctions, and when they learn that heís writing an article with some very personal family information, the fruitcake hits the fan. The question is, will the magic of Christmas bring this family back together?

Cast of Characters

Need 4 female and 3 male actors

CARL - The middle brother. Grew up in the shadow of his older brother, Michael, the doctor. Has a little inferiority complex toward Michael. He writes a column for the Minneapolis Star Tribune newspaper.

MOM - Very nice. Always putting on a happy face, her goal is to keep the peace and get thru the family event without incident. Momís husband, Carl (senior), died three years ago. She's doing her best to get over the loss and keep everyone happy.

GRANDMA - A real character. Grew up in a one room house with 10 brothers and sisters on a farm in northern North Dakota. Had a very tough life growing up. She is tough as nails, and wants everyone else to be, too.

MICHAEL - The older brother. The doctor. A little nerdy. Wears a bow tie. The favorite son, at least at first. Heís a little self-absorbed, a little blind to what he needs to do to keep his marriage to Jill, his wife, intact.

STACY - The younger sister. Nice. Kind of a wholesome innocence, even given what we learn about her. Overlooked, but not angry about it.

UNCLE BOB - A partier. Fun loving. Has an agenda. Everyone has a crazy Uncle Bob.

JILL - Michael's wife. Emotional from being hormonal. Sometimes a little spacey. The only one who seems to understand Grandmaís crazy sayings.

Auditions will consist of readings from the script and will be held at Beatniks on Conkey on the Other Side at 418 Conkey, Hammond IN. Rehearsals will begin the week of October 17.

Contact the director:

Auditions will be held at Beatniks On Conkey, 420 Conkey Street, Hammond, IN.
Performances at Beatniks On Conkey
420 Conkey St. Hammond, IN         2 blocks east of Hohman Avenue.

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