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The Spotlight Program at CEPA has become so successful that they’ve added another show to their already full season of plays, and they want you to audition!

If you’ve always wanted to act, or if you just want to have a lot of fun with a bunch of great people, here’s your chance.

Based on the 1946 motion picture and novel by Valentine Davies, Miracle on 34th Street is bound to be Spotlight’s biggest show yet. The story is a familiar one: by chance, Kris Kringle, an old man in a retirement home, gets a job working as Santa for Macy's. Kris showers good will on

Macy's customers and the commercial world of New York City by referring parents to other stores to find exactly the toy their child has asked for. Seen as deluded and dangerous by Macy's vocational counselor, who plots to have Kris sent off to Bellevue Psychiatric Hospital, Kris ends up in a court competency hearing. Especially at stake is one little girl's belief in Santa. The play closes with a dramatic decision and, of course, a happy ending.

You may have seen local actor Jacob call in recent productions such as Harvey, The Curious Savage, and, of course, as The King himself in Four Weddings and an Elvis. This will be his directorial debut with Spotlight Program Coordinator Lesley Warren as his assistant.

“I can’t wait to see what Jacob does with this play,” Warren said. “He is so intelligent and creative, I think I might learn a thing or two from him.”

Auditions for Miracle on 34th Street are open to novices and experienced actors of all ages and ethnicities. No reservations or headshots are required.

Audition information

Director: Jacob Call

When: Oct. 15 and 16 @ 6 pm. Attendance on both dates is not required.

Where: The CEPA stage, 25 Williamson Drive, Pell City.

Rehearsals: Begin Oct. 20. Specific dates and times will be determined after casting.

Performances: Dec. 7-10, 2018

What to prepare: A one-minute comedic monologue or long joke.

Character descriptions

KRIS KRINGLE: Male (40–80) - He is Santa Claus. Likeable, firm, caring. Loves children.

FRED GAYLEY: Male (20–40) - Friend/Neighbor to Doris and Susan; Lawyer; Kringle’s defense attorney; all-around good guy

DORIS WALKER: Female (20–40) - Personnel manager at Macy’s; Susan’s mother; all work, no play.

SUSAN WALKER: Female (7-12) - Doris’ daughter. Precocious. She doesn’t believe in Santa.

SHELLHAMMER: Male or Female (any age) - Assistant to Doris. Friendly, efficient.

JUDGE HARPER: Adult Male or Female (Stage Age 30+) - Presides over Kringle’s hearing; Judicial; likeable; a bit political.

DR. PIERCE: Adult Male or Female (any age) - Physician at Maplewood Home; warm, caring.

SAWYER: Adult Male or Female (any age) - Macy’s vocational guidance counselor; character role requiring great comic timing.

MARA: Adult Male or Female (any age) - Prosecuting attorney; somewhat jaded; sticks to the letter of the law.

HALLORAN: Adult Male or Female (any age) - Judge Harper’s political campaign manager.

FINLEY: Adult Male or Female (any age) - Bailiff in Judge Harper’s court.

MACY: Adult Male or Female (30+) - Owner and manager of Macy’s Department Store.

BLOOMINGDALE: Adult Male or Female (30+) - Owner and manager of Bloomingdale’s Department Store.

ENSEMBLE – ADULTS, TEENS and CHILDREN (5-99) - The ensemble is essential to this production. They will guide the show, filling scene breaks, changing scenery, and creating a complete world.

Miracle on 34th Street will be performed at CEPA as part of the Spotlight program. Spotlight is a county-wide, all-ages drama education program developed by CEPA Executive Director Jeff Thompson and Jefferson State Community College – St. Clair Associate Dean Dr. Nicholas Kin.

Its mission is to foster drama education and encourage community participation in theater in St. Clair County. Spotlight is supported by Jefferson State Community College, The Alabama Council on the Arts, Honda, The Pell City Rotary Club and The Pell City School System.

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