Production Staff

Director: Jim Sullivan
Stage Manager: Deborah Talbot
Props: Gail Gilman
Technical Director/Set Designer: Nathan Fogg
Assistant Technical Director: Johnathan Scott
Producer: Mark C. Rocheteau

 

About The Massasoit Theatre Company

The Massasoit Theatre Company is a college based community theatre at Massasoit Community College in Brockton, MA. We produce 4 shows each season. two of which provide performance opportunities to Students, Alumni and Staff at Massasoit and two that are open to the community at large. In addition to these full scale productions, we also produce a festival of New Works each spring.

Plot Summary & Production Details

Based on the humorous writings of author Jean Shepherd, this beloved holiday play follows the wintry exploits of youngster Ralphie Parker, who spends most of his time dodging a bully and dreaming of his ideal Christmas gift, a “Red Ryder air rifle.” Frequently at odds with his cranky dad but comforted by his doting mother, Ralphie struggles to make it to Christmas Day with his glasses and his hopes intact.

 

Audition Date

Sunday, September 18th at 1:00 p.m.

Call Backs (if necessary) will be Tuesday, September 20th at 7:00 p.m.

 

Audition Info

Open to the community.

Auditioners will read in groups for select scenes. Scripts will be provided for cold reads.

Please note: All those auditioning will be required to show proof of vaccination against Covid-19 at auditions

 

Location

Massasoit Community College Brockton Campus

Fine Arts Building, Large Theatre 1 Massasoit Blvd.

Brockton, MA 02302

 

Rehearsals

First rehearsal is Sunday, September 25th, 3:00 p.m.

Rehearsals will be Sundays from 3:00 – 7:00 p.m. and Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

 

Show Dates

Saturday, December 3rd and 10th at 8:00 p.m. Sunday, December 4th and 11th at 3:00 p.m. Friday, December 9th at 8:00 p.m.

All cast members will be expected to participate in the Brockton Christmas Parade on Saturday, Nov 26th at 10:00 a.m.

A Christmas Story-Cast Description

 

Ralphie Parker (Younger, age 9 to 12) – He is a regular, cute kid and is our young protagonist. The boy next door. Bright, but not precocious. Above all, a dreamer. Equal parts dreamer and schemer, Ralphie does not just covet an air rifle, he also knows (or thinks he knows) exactly how to persuade the adults around him that his cause is a righteous one.

Ralph Parker (Older, age 40s to 50s) –Ralph Parker, Ralphie’s older, wiser alter ego, functions as the story’s narrator and assumes the roles of the various townspeople who populate the landscape of the play (Cowboy, Tree Lot Owner, Delivery Man and Voice of a Neighbor). Charismatic storyteller with a dynamic speaking voice who can draw in the audience. He (like his younger self) has a twinkle in his eye, a presence, and a spark. A good-natured curmudgeon.

Mother (age 30s to 40s) – More in charge than she would ever let anyone know. Warm, but tough. Strong-willed, straightforward, and no-nonsense. Midwestern. Ralphie’s Mother is a patient parent with firm convictions – in particular, the conviction that her son should not own an air rifle. It takes a lot to ruffle her feathers, but the provocative leg lamp that Ralphie’s father wins in a send-away contest does seem to do the trick.

The Old Man (lead, age 30s to 40s) – The Parker family’s beleaguered patriarch, is a grumpy, good- hearted father buried under a rough exterior with a penchant for highly original (and to the audience’s ears profanity-free) invective and a deeply held desire to be a winner. He usually expects the worst but is secretly a dreamer. A devoted husband and father who loves his family but does not feel the need to show it. Must be comfortable working with kids.

Randy (lead, M, age 8 to 10) – Ralphie’s little brother sure is cute, but getting him to eat his breakfast or don his snowsuit can be a serious headache. Can be a bit awkward. Admires Ralphie, but will not admit it. Cuddly and whiny but not a brat.

Schwartz (featured, M, age 9 to 12) – Schwartz becomes the scapegoat when Ralphie accidentally utters an unspeakable word. Best friend and classmate of Ralphie

Flick (featured, M, age 9 to 12) – Flick is the unfortunate guinea pig in the infamous frozen-flagpole licking experiment. Best friend and classmate of Ralphie

Scut Farkas (featured, M, age 10 to 13) – The schoolyard bully who routinely torments Ralphie and his friends. He has yellow eyes! He should be taller than the other kids. There is nothing that you like about him. The type you avoid in school. Gruff character

Miss Shields (supporting, W, age 20s to 40s) – Ralphie’s elementary school teacher. She’s also an integral component of his campaign for the perfect Christmas gift. Character actor with great comedic timing.

Esther Jane Alberry (age 9-12) – Ralphie’s classmate who seems to have a particular interest in our young protagonist.

Helen Weathers (age 9-12) – Ralphie’s classmate. Something of a child prodigy