Auditions, Van Wert Civic Theatre

Auditions for ‘Dashing Through the Snow’ set for Oct 7 and 8

It’s four days before Christmas in the tiny town of Tinsel, Texas, and a colorful parade of guests arrive at the Snowflake Inn to cause holiday comedy. A niece and nephew try to end a 30 year feud; actors from a touring production of A Christmas Carol arrive to fulfill a promise; Mrs. Claus and one of Santa’s elves attempt a lover’s rendezvous, and a family plans spur-of-the-moment Christmas Eve wedding. Trina, the innkeeper of this inn, has more than she can handle coping with these lodgers.

Dashing through the Snow by the team of Jones, Hope, and Wooten will be fun to rehearse, fun to present, and fun to watch. This show will be fun to rehearse, fun to watch, and fun to perform. Come audition, and join the cast of Dashing Through the Snow.  Director Steve Lane can use 18 people (adults) or 8 with doubling. AUDITIONS ARE SUNDAY, OCT 7 AT 2 P.M. AND MONDAY, OCT 8 AT 7 P.M.  Show dates are November 29, 30 and December 1, 2*, 6, 7, 8, 9* with 8 p.m. performances except for Sundays* which are at 2 p.m.   Contact Steve Lane at 419-203-7469 for more information. 


This show is split into 4 scenes. Each scene has its own characters and plot arc. Once that scene is over, those characters are gone–with the exception of Trina, the owner of the B&B who is in every scene; Mr Boykin, who is HEARD in the first three scenes; and Lou Ida who is heard in the first two scenes.

ALL OTHER ROLES CAN BE DOUBLED….SO 2 MEN AND 6 WOMEN (plus a little) can make this show go. There a no roles for children and no walk-on parts, but you could be cast to be in only one scene….or have a ton of fun and play two characters.

Note: The ages are ranges for the character….not necessarily the actor. The director will cast folks that can play the role.

5 Male Roles: 
Mr Boykin: (Offstage Voice), Never-satisfied, annoying guest (never seen); age from 18 to 70

Binky: Spry, energetic, Santa’s elf, in love with Mrs. Claus; character is 30s to 50s

Hoyt Ledford: Anxious man with an agenda; age from 25ish to 50ish

Ainsley Danforth: pompous, overly dramatic actor, playing Scrooge at the local fire station; age from 30s to 60s

Raynerd Chisum: Lovable friend of the Futrelles; age from 35ish to 50ish

12 Female Roles: 
Trina Walcott: bright and bubbly, owner of the Snowflake Inn B&B; mid-life…not too young

Lou Ida: (Offstage Voice), surly housekeeper (never seen); age from 18 to ????

Cuddles: Matronly, actually Mrs. Claus, having a tryst with Binky; age from 30s to 50s

Donna Jo Austin: Hoyt’s younger sister, brash and spunky; age from 18 to 40ish

Ennis Puckett: Hoyt and Donna’s aunt, 80’s, curmudgeonly and sharp-tongued, fanatic about cleanliness and bugs; can be played by any age actress who can pull off old

Della Crowder: Ennis’s sister, 80’s, feisty, sweet-faced old lady, feuding with her sister for 35 years; can be played by any age actress who can pull off old

Lenora Benedict: self-involved prima donna, also appearing at the fire station; age from 30s to 60s

Paulette Coogan: blunt, humorless stage manager; great character role… any age

Frankie Futrelle Dubberly: Youngest sister; age from 18 to 40ish

Twink Futrelle Buntner: Middle Futrelle sister; age from 30s to 60s

Rhonda Lynn Lampley: Long Lost Futrelle sister; age from 30s to 60s

Honey Raye Futrelle: Oldest Futrelle sister; age from 30s to 60s