A Christmas Story

Back by popular demand, Jean Shepherd’s A Christmas Story, written by Philip Grecian, will delight audiences of all ages this holiday season. Join Ralphie Parker on his quest to get a Red Ryder air rifle from Santa under the Christmas tree. Debra Grannan directs this fun-filled comedy, complete with Bumpus Hounds, major awards, frozen flag poles and a touching story about family, friendship and unforgettable Christmas memories.

Location and Dates

Performances: December 1 – 4, 2017

The Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Avenue


Audition Information

LOCATION: The Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Avenue
DATES: Monday, October 2 and Tuesday, October 3, 2017

  • Ages 6 to 8: 6:00 pm until approximately 7:15 PM
  • Ages 9 to 17: 7 pm until approximately 8:30 pm
  • Adults: 7:45 pm until approximately 9:30 pm

CALL BACKS: Saturday, October 7 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm (Actors scheduled at various times)

PERFORMANCE DATES: December 1-4, 2017 (Two shows on Saturday, December 2)


Download an audition form and conflict calendar. Bring these completed forms and a recent photo (snapshot or headshot).

ACS Conflict Calendar


ALL: close toed shoes
BOYS/MEN: Long pants
GIRLS/WOMEN: skirt or dress
Please be sure your hair is combed or pulled back out of your eyes!


In one minute, please tell us a story (real or fictional) about a time when you were happy and excited and about a time when you were anxious or frightened. Seeking confident actors with strong voices and animated facial expressions, but who can also create honest portrayals of the fantastic characters in this show.

There will be some short readings from the script. Sides will be available to review before you audition. A perusal script is available at the Cary Arts Center and at the reference desk at the Cary Library on S. Academy Street. Those scripts must remain on-site and cannot be checked out.


Ralphie (male, age 9-13): The story’s young protagonist. Equal parts dreamer and schemer, Ralphie doesn’t 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 (male, age 35 to 60): An older, wiser, and warmly reminiscent adult version of Ralphie; functions as the story’s narrator, must be able to memorize large portions of the script. Looking for a strong actor who conveys warmth and wisdom.

The Old Man (male, age early 30s to 50s): The Parker family’s beleaguered patriarch is a grumpy, yet good-hearted father with a penchant for highly original language, much of which is nonsensical. Has a deeply held desire to be a winner.

Mrs. Parker (female, age late 20s to early 40s): 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. Comic timing and ability to work well with young children are important talents for this role.

Miss Shields (female, age 25-60): Ralphie’s kind, and sometimes very dramatic, teacher. She’s also an integral component of his campaign for and eventual obstacle to the perfect Christmas gift.

Randy (male, age 6-9): Ralphie’s little brother, sure is cute, but getting him to eat his breakfast or don his snowsuit can be a serious headache.

Schwartz and Flick (male, ages 8-13) are Ralphie’s two best friends. Flick is the unfortunate guinea pig in the infamous frozen flagpole-licking experiment, while Schwartz becomes the scapegoat when Ralphie accidentally utters an unspeakable word.

Esther Jane (female, age 8-13): Ralphie’s classmate and potential romantic interest. Energetic and helpful.

Helen Weathers (female, age 8-13): Ralphie’s highly intelligent and highly confident class mate. Not afraid of anything or anyone, not even Scut Farkas.

Scut Farkas/Black Bart (male, age 10-15): The schoolyard bully with a wicked laugh, who routinely torments Ralphie and his friends, in real life and in Ralphie’s day dreams.


Desperados 1 and 2 /Sidekicks to Scut (male or female, age 8-14): Also play classmates during flagpole and classroom scenes.

Red Rider (adult male, any age): A cross between Roy Rogers and the Marlboro Man, without the smokes. Cowboy hero to all grade-school boys, a straight shooter, and full of campfire wisdom.

Tree Lot Owner (adult male or female, any age): Once a semi-successful car salesman, but took a seasonal side gig working the local Christmas tree lots. In one brief scene, but can be a chance for a memorable cameo.

Santa (male, age 30-65): A jolly ol’ elf, most of the time. Perhaps he’s had just one too many kids sitting on his lap.

Delivery Man (adult male or female, any age): Local townsperson, delivers the “major award.”

Pierre Andre (adult male, any age): Radio personality; cameo role

Santa’s Elves, Mrs. Claus, Bumpus Hounds/Playground Kids, Townspeople

Holiday Carolers, Voice on P.A. System