Calhoun Little Theater announced this week that auditions for the its holiday comedy “Christmas Belles” will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 3 and Thursday, Oct. 5 from 6 to 8 p.m., and on Saturday, Oct. 7 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Harris Arts Center in downtown Calhoun.
Interested parties may come to all three sessions or only one. Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. Seven females and four males will be cast ranging in age from 17 to 50’s. Productions dates are Nov. 10,11,12,17 and 18, with “Christmas Belles” being directed by Wendell Barnes.
Rehearsals for the production will most likely be two or three days per week depending on the schedules of the cast, beginning with the first reading on Sunday evening, Oct. 8, from 6 - 8:30 p.m.
Director Wendell Barnes has directed at CLT for three other shows, “Dearly Beloved,” “Southern Hospitality” and “Dividing the Estate,” all coincidentally set in Texas. He also has successfully directed 40 other productions, most recently for the Monroe (LA) Little Theatre, where his production of the musical “Nice Work If You Can Get It” won Best Production of the 2016-2017 season. He has also won four other Roman awards for directing at the Rome Little Theatre. The producer for this production is Clare Lewis.
The production is described as “a church Christmas program that spins hilariously out of control” in this Southern farce about the squabbling Futrelle sisters, family secrets, a surly Santa, a vengeful sheep and a reluctant Elvis impersonator.
This is the second of a trilogy of plays about the Futrelle sisters, which began with “Dearly Beloved” and ends with “Southern Hospitality.”
For more information on the auditions, call 706-629-2599.
Below are character descriptions; all ages are approximate and negotiable.
Miss Geneva Musgrave – town florist and bus depot manager, age 50 or above, crusty and upset that she is no longer directing the Christmas Pageant.
Honey Raye Futtrelle – oldest of the Futrelle sisters, aged 50 or above, constantly having hot flashes, multiple past marriages, determined to make the Christmas Pageant the best one ever on her initial directing venture; finally, back home in Fayro running Wynette’s Dinette City.
Gina Jo (G.J.) Dubberly – Frankie and Dub’s daughter, in her twenties, unmarried twin, champion cow inseminator, loves Justin but doesn’t want to commit.
Twink Futtrelle – middle Futrelle sister, 45-ish, recently incarcerated for burning down a trailer park in her attempt to retaliate against 16 ½ year fiancé Wiley running off with another woman.
Frankie Futrelle Dubberly – youngest Futrelle sister, 40-ish, nine months pregnant with second set of twins (20 years after the first set).
Rhonda Lynn Lampley – over 50, heart of gold manager of the Dairy Dog with a big secret of her own.
Patsy Price – over 40, local society matron, mother-in-law of Tina Jo Dubberly, nasty, vindictive and wants nothing to do with the Futrelle clan.
Dub Dubberly – Frankie’s husband, mid-40’s, part-time Santa at the Super SmartMart, suffering from trying to pass a kidney stone.
Justin Waverly – twenties, interim pastor at the Tabernacle of the Lamb, in love with G.J. but can’t get up the nerve to pop the question; works seasonally at the Super SmartMart as a reindeer photo assistant.
Raynerd Chisum – over 20, part-time employee at the Dairy Dog, a little off kilter—or maybe smarter than and certainly more loyal than anyone else in Fayro.
John Curtis Buntner -- deputy sheriff of Fayro, age above 30, who wants to keep the peace in his town.