Auditions: Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol

Sunday, September 21 & Monday, September 22, at 7pm

Production dates: Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays, November 28-December 21, 2014

The Acrosstown Repertory Theatre is pleased to announce open auditions for its November 28-December 21 production of “Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol” by Tom Mula, directed by Carolyne Salt.

Back for its second year, Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol tells the real story behind Dickens’ A Christmas Carol– Marley’s heroic behind-the-scenes efforts to save old Scrooge’s soul, while saving his own in theprocess. Marley is not alone, however; he is aided by the Bogle, an irreverent little sprite with an agenda all his own. In this fast-paced, hilarious and deeply-moving soon-to-be Christmas classic, four actors bring dozens of Dickens’s characters to life and take the audience on a fantastic journey certain to put everyone in the Christmas spirit.

Auditions will be held at the theater (619 South Main Street, in the Baird Center) on Sunday, September 21 & Monday, September 22 at 7pm.

This is a true ensemble show– four people play all of the roles and narrate as they go. No prepared monologues are required, cold readings from the script will be provided. There may be some movement work, so please wear comfortable clothing and footwear.

The Acrosstown is entirely volunteer-run and -operated, and all levels of experience are welcomed. Backstage help is needed, too– please phone the theater at 352-234-6278 (352-BE IN ART) if you would like to get involved!

If cast you will be compensated by the roar of applause and the joy of being part of the Acrosstown family :)

Character breakdowns available on our facebook page!

“Of all the holiday shows dotting the theatrical landscape, none shines brighter than Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol.” —The Life

The Peppermint King Receives Accolades!

A glowing review from the Gainesville Sun theatre critic Ron Cunningham highlights the efforts of the production team and compliments our illustrious cast:

That said, “The Peppermint King” is certainly the most … um … interesting production the ART has attempted in a while. A theatrical curiosity if you will.

And there are some performers especially worthy of note among the “Peppermint King’s” baker’s dozen cast.

Best of all is Shamrock McShane, who pulls out all the stops in his portrayal of the megalomaniac General Madgrass. “People say it takes courage to be a warrior,” McShane growls. Especially a warrior who likes to wear a skimpy black bra beneath his combat duds.

Almost as inspired is Gainesville performance artist Tom Miller — who essentially plays Gainesville performance artist Tom Miller. Miller’s frenetic mad-hatter king, Joe Projects, could not be more fittingly cartoonish. He jerks his head. He kicks up his heels. He cackles. “I like my death funny,” the despot king giggles.

Well who doesn’t?

The Peppermint King in the Scene!

Tonight is the preview / final dress of The Peppermint King by local playwright Darren Willis! The Acrosstown is very excited to present this innovative and beautiful play, featuring repertory members new and old. Check out our coverage in the Gainesville Sun’s Scene. An excerpt:
Willis, who came from New York five years ago, said the play is deeply influenced by his time in Gainesville. He says he wrote some characters to cater to the talent of local actors he knew and sprinkled in references to other Gainesville shows and local personalities.

“It has a homegrown feel,” he says.
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    Founded in 1980, the ART develops new talent, plays, audiences and ideas while also celebrating and revivifying the great plays of the past.  We continually respect, and challenge-- * ourselves as actors, designers, artists and visionaries to achieve more, * our audiences as living, thinking and feeling human beings to engage more, * other local theaters and arts organizations to collaborate more, --and by doing so, help nurture and develop Gainesville, Florida into the center of arts and culture in North Central Florida.

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