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Upcoming Auditions

All auditions are held at the Corn Stock Theatre Center (unless otherwise indicated)

1700 N Park Road, Peoria IL in upper Bradley Park 

Gifts of the Magi Auditions Will Be Held on
Saturday & Sunday, September 23 & 24 at 1:00 pm both days
from 2 – 5 pm both days at the Corn Stock Theatre Center.

Production dates are December 1, 2, 7, 8 & 9 at 7:30 pm and December 3 & 10 at 2:30 pm. 

You are invited to audition for ‘The Gifts of The Magi,’ directed by Eric Ewan. This is the only musical of the 2017 / 2018 Winter Season, with music direction by Connie Tuminelli. This is the PERFECT holiday show – we want you to be a part of it!

Based on the classic Christmas story by O. Henry, casting needs are 4 males and 2 females, all of whom sing ensemble, duet, or solo numbers.

Here is the character breakdown:

Willy Porter, a newsboy and narrator, teens to early twenties; might be played by female. (tenor).

Jim Dillingham, the husband, twenty to thirties ( high baritone),

Della Dillingham, twenties to thirties (soprano),

Soapy Smith, a street bum, 40’s to 60’s (baritone),

The City Him, twenties to 50’s (baritone) and

The City Her, twenties to 50’s (soprano II).

They play various parts in the show. For the audition prepare one traditional Broadway style song. In addition scenes from the show will be read and songs sight read. Scripts are available in the CST office. Contact Eric at 309-231-1911 or or on Facebook with any questions.

Leaving Iowa is the story of Don Browning, a middle-aged writer, who returns home and decides to finally take his father’s ashes to his childhood home, as requested. But when Don discovers Grandma’s house is now a grocery store, he begins traveling across Iowa searching for a proper resting place for his father.

Auditions are Monday, October 23 at 6 pm and Tuesday, October 24 at 6 pm
at the Corn Stock Theatre Center

Callbacks will be held Wednesday, October 25 if needed. The first read through is scheduled for October 30 with regular rehearsals to begin after in accordance with holidays and other conflicts.

The Director feels that this wonderfully crafted comedy will be heartwarming, endearing, and funny to audiences of every kind. Come be a part of this wonderful story written by two Bradley University alumni.


The Cast:

Don Browning: a writer, 20s to 40s

Don Browning: a young boy in flashbacks

(These two characters (Don Browning) may be cast as one or split into two separate entities depending upon what transpires at auditions.)

Dad: Don’s Dad, 30s to 50s

Mom: Don’s Mom, past and present, 30s to 50s

Sis: Don’s sister, past and present, close to Don’s age (character may be split as well – again depending upon auditions.)

Sis: Younger version of don’s sister in flashbacks.

Jack Singer – Don’s childhood friend who is now a professor.

Multiple Character Guy – (in order of appearance) Farmer Johnson, Grandpa, Cart Guy, Uncle Phil, Joe Hofingers, Amish Guy, Civil War Guy, Mechanic, Park Ranger, Clerk, Wayne, Bob (These characters were written with the intent for one actor to portray them all but may be split depending on what transpires at auditions.)

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