Auditions are closed for this play.

A 1940's Radio Christmas Carol

Nov 18th-Dec 18th 2022
A Holiday Comedy Musical
by: Walton Jones, David Wohl, Faye Greenberg

Directed by: Kelli Harless, Emily Awkerman (Music Director)
Produced by:Annette Alliano and Dorothy Courtney

Audition Notes:
This holiday comedy musical takes place on Christmas Eve, 1943. Except where specifically noted, the entire cast is onstage all the time. A variety of accents, impersonations, and vocal affectations will be performed by each actor. Accents include Standard British, Southern, Yiddish, Minnesota, New York, etc.

COVID-19 Policy:
Anyone auditioning for this show, or accompanying someone auditioning, must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19, and be prepared to show Proof of Vaccine and Photo I.D. For up-to-date policy information
visit our website at www.powpac.org


Audition Info:
PowPAC welcomes and encourages actors of all ethnicities, gender identities, and abilities to submit for these roles.

Auditions will be located at:
Mickey Cafagna Community Center
13094 Civic Center Drive
Poway, CA 92064
Willow Room 306,

• Auditions Tuesday, September 6th and Wednesday, September 7th, 2022. 7:00-9:00 p.m. (arrive early for paperwork and schedule comparison)
• Callbacks will be by invitation only Thursday, September 8, 2022, if required.
• First read-through will be on Saturday, September 10th. Location TBD
• Auditions will consist of a 2 minute singing audition and cold reads from the script.
• No accents required for auditions but be prepared to try.
• Please bring a resume of theatrical experience and a headshot.
• Appointments not necessary.
• For additional information and questions, please contact the Director at RadioChristmasCarol@gmail.com
• Watch for updated information on our Auditions webpage at www.powpac.org
and on our Facebook page.

Vocal Video Submissions
● Vocal video submissions can be sent to RadioChristmasCarol@gmail.com

Compensation & Union Contract Details
• No Pay – Volunteer Organization


Rehearsals and Performance Dates:
• Rehearsal schedule will be Sunday -Thursday; 6:00-10:00 p.m.; based on Cast availability.

• Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 p.m. and Sundays at 2:00 p.m. from Friday, November 18, 2022 – Sunday, December 18, 2022. (There will be no performances on Thanksgiving weekend.)

• Saturday, December 3rd and Saturday, December 17th will have a matinee performance at 2:00 pm and an evening performance at 8:00 pm.


Cast Requirements:
About the Characters:
Casting ten (10) Performers; Order as listed in the script:

Clifton Fedington:
Age: 55 (per script); range: 50 - 60
Ethnicity: Any
Line Load: Moderate
Stage Time: Almost Always on Stage
Vocal Range: Tenor/ Baritone
Characteristics: Front man for WOV’s Nash-Kelvinator Mystery Theatre. Runs the radio program; a pioneer in “spot advertising”; known for being cheap; has a crush on Judith.

William St. Claire
Age: 70 (per script); range: 60+; must look/ act older than the rest of the cast
Ethnicity: Any
Line Load: Moderate
Stage Time: Almost Always on Stage
Vocal Range: n/a does not sing
Characteristics: Widower; lives on Manhattan’s Upper East Side; retired star of stage and screen; curmudgeon; has a “great mane of dramatic white hair”; guest performer on tonight's radio show - playing Scrooge.

Charles “Cholly” Butts:
Age: 35 (per script); range 30 - 40
Ethnicity: Any
Line Load: Moderate
Stage Time: Almost Always on Stage
Vocal Range: Tenor/ Baritone
Characteristics: Funny man; day job as a baker; “A little stout”; wife Midge; no kids; hopeless unrequited crush on Marge; plays Mishke Bibble & other cameos; must do a variety of accents.

Fritz Canigliaro:
Age: early 40’s (per script)
Ethnicity: Any
Line Load: Moderate
Stage Time: Almost Always on Stage
Vocal Range: Tenor/ Baritone
Characteristics: Resident “masher” (charmer of women); cynic, wise-guy; always nattily dressed and well groomed; wears an Adolph Menjou mustache. Accents/ impersonations.

“Little” Jackie Sparks:
Age: 17 (per script); youngest of the cast
Ethnicity: Any
Line Load: Moderate
Stage Time: Almost Always on Stage
Vocal Range: Tenor
Characteristics: Just graduated from High School; lives with his mom in suburban Newark. Calls home a dozen times a day. Teased a lot; Still has a Sunday paper route. (“Little” as in young); Accents

Judith Davenport:
Age: ‘In her 30’s’ (per script)
Ethnicity: Any
Line Load: Moderate
Stage Time: Almost Always on Stage
Vocal Range: Soprano
Characteristics: Resident “Leading Lady”; regular on the show. 2 kids and 2 ex’s - and wants no more of either; Determined and stubborn; Considers herself a “legit” actress; Day job working as a switchboard operator. Has Clifton’s eye. Must perform a variety of accents.

Margie O’Brien:
Age: 30 (per script)
Ethnicity: Any
Line Load: Moderate
Stage Time: Almost Always on Stage
Vocal Range: Mezzo Soprano/ Alto
Characteristics: Brassy; flippant; voice to match. Show regular; plays the comic role; a ‘ham’; Does a variety of accents/ impersonations.

Sally Simpson:
Age: 20 (per script)
Ethnicity: Any
Line Load: Moderate
Stage Time: Almost Always on Stage
Vocal Range: Mezzo Soprano/ Alto
Characteristics: Seems sweet and gentle but is a tough lady; show regular; plays all the animals, babies, insects, little kids. 2nd job operating drill presses and riveting guns. (think ‘Rosie the Riveter'); Accents

Isadore “Buzz” Crenshaw:
Age: 24 (per script)
Ethnicity: Any
Line Load: Moderate
Stage Time: Almost Always on Stage
Vocal Range: n/a
Characteristics: Foley artist; sharp wit; always agreeable, whistling and in a bood mood. Does sound
effects for other shows; S pends a lot of time with Sally Simpson. Buzz lives alone.

Harold J. Mullins (optional character):
Age: “older” Ethnicity: Any Line Load: Light
Stage Time: Rarely on Stage
Vocal Range: n/a
Characteristics: Concierge of the Hotel Aberdeen in Newark; must be able to carry a small theatrical trunk.

Toots Navarre: This role has been precast.
Characteristics: Musical Director; composer and pianist/ organist for the show.

Esther Lewis Pirnie (optional character): This role has been precast.
Stage Manager for the production.



About the Directors:

Kelli Harless has been actively involved in community theater in San Diego county since 2001. Kelli has experience both onstage and behind the scenes. Kelli is honored and thrilled to direct 1940’s Radio Christmas Carol and to be able to work with Emily Awkerman once again. Kelli most recently directed Sense & Sensibility in 2019 at Patio Playhouse and has previously directed 1940’s Radio Hour at Patio Playhouse. 1940’s Radio Christmas Carol is a fast paced, warm-hearted, bundle-of-fun -- which gets to the heart of everything: Love, family, and friends.


Emily Awkerman (Music Director) has been playing piano and working in musical theater for several decades. Her recent credits include Fun Home (Patio Playhouse), Songs for a New World (Luminary Arts), In the Heights, Jesus Christ Superstar (Patio Playhouse) and Fly By Night (Coronado Playhouse). Emily is excited to get back to theater after an extended COVID break and looks forward to recreating Radio Hour magic with Kelli. Goodbye Zoot, Hello Toots!

About the Producers:


Annette Alliano has been involved with PowPAC since almost the beginning. She has done everything from cleaning to Producing. Annette has served on PowPAC's Board of Directors in many positions, including president multiple times. She has won many awards, including Aubrey’s over the years. She has directed and produced many plays for PowPAC, the most recent ones are directing A Christmas Carol which was nominated for an Aubrey, Native Gardens and Murder On The Nile & A Murder is Announced.

Dorothy Ann Courtney has been a volunteer at PowPAC since 2007 as Board Member, Treasurer, Producer and currently Community Engagement Manager. She has Produced or Co-Produced ten plays at PowPAC and five at Lamplighters. Most recently, she produced PowPAC’s Aubrey Award winning comedy Exit Laughing and Murder On The Nile & A Murder is Announced.


Plot Synopsis:
The Feddington Players are now broadcasting from a hole-in-the-wall studio in Newark, NJ, and set to present their contemporary "take" on Dickens's A Christmas Carol. Whether it's the noisy plumbing, missed cues, electrical blackouts, or the over-the-top theatrics of veteran actor, but radio novice, William St. Claire, this radio show is an entertaining excursion into the mayhem and madness of a live radio show. St. Claire's escalating foibles and acting missteps propel the show to a simultaneously
comedic and heart-wrenching dramatic climax.

High School Musical lyricist Faye Greenberg and composer David Wohl have written four delightful period songs for the Feddington Players, and swing arrangements of many Christmas standards. Seamlessly combining drama and comedy, heartbreak and hope, A 1940's Radio Christmas Carol will
sing its way into your heart.


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