The Panhandle Players are holding auditions for their second play of the season, “A Nice Family Christmas” written by Phil Olson and being directed by Renee Valentine.
Auditions will be held Friday and Saturday, Oct. 5 and 6 at 6 p.m. at the Raney Carriage House in Apalachicola.
“A Nice Family Christmas” takes place on 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 – his family’s Christmas. He goes home to his recently widowed mother, crazy uncle, eccentric grandmother, and battling siblings and their neurotic spouses, who provide no shortage of material.
The play calls for three men and four women of various ages. No experience is necessary and everyone is welcome to audition. This show will be presented Friday through Sunday, Dec. 7, 8 and 9 at The Chapman Auditorium in Apalachicola.
The following is a list of the characters:
CARL: In his 20s - 30s. 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: In her 50s - 60s. Very nice. Always putting on a happy face, her goal to keep the peace and get through the family event without incident. Her husband, Carl Sr. died three years ago. She's doing her best to get over the loss and keep everyone happy.
GRANDMA: In her 70s-80s. 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. Think Estelle Getty on "The Golden Girls.”
MICHAEL: In his 20s-30s. The older brother. The doctor, a little nerdy, wears a bow tie. The favorite son, at least at first. He’s a little self-absorbed, a little blind to what he needs to do to keep his marriage to his wife Jill intact
STACY: In her 20s-30s. The younger sister. Nice, with kind of a wholesome innocence, even given what we learn about her. Overlooked, but not angry about it.
UNCLE BOB: In his 50s-60s. A partier. Fun-loving, has an agenda. Everyone has a crazy Uncle Bob.
JILL: In her 20s-30s. Michael's trophy wife. Emotional from being hormonal. Sometimes a little spacey. The only one who seems to understand Grandma’s crazy sayings.