Nuncracker Audition Information
Directed by Amanda Shirk
Music Directors – Mark Williams and Alana Shirk
Stage Manager/Choreographer – Keri Boe
Pianist/Accompanist – Lisa Stanley
**Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm and Saturdays and Sundays at 2pm -- we will plan on 4 show weekends for the 3 week run**
Monday, June 13 – 6:30pm
Tuesday, June 14 – 6:30pm
Callbacks will be Thursday, June 16 at 7:30pm (if needed)
The rehearsal process will begin the end of June with a soft rehearsal schedule through the summer and fall with more intense rehearsals in November
***You MUST sign up for an audition time and fill out an audition form.
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Prepare a 1-2 minute song in the style of the show. Remember this is a comedy and we are looking for personality! You may use a track on your phone/tablet or bring sheet music in the correct key. You must use some form of accompaniment. No a cappella.
The Nunsense Christmas Musical, Nuncrackers, is presented as the first TV special taped in the Cable Access Studio built by Reverend Mother in the convent basement. It stars the nuns you love, plus Father Virgil, and four of Mount Saint Helen's most talented students. Featuring all new songs including Twelve Days Prior to Christmas, Santa Ain't Comin' to Our House, We Three Kings of Orient Are Us and It's Better to Give than to Receive, this show is filled with typical Nunsense humor, some of your favorite carols, and a "Secret Santa" audience participation. This Nunsense Christmas Show will make you laugh, and maybe tug at your heartstrings. It's the perfect way to ensure that your holiday season is merry and bright!
NUNCRACKERS — CAST LIST
Principals (5 female; 1 male)
Ages range from 20’s-60’s – all who fit in that age range are welcome to audition
Sister Mary Regina (Reverend Mother) is the Mother Superior of the Little Sisters of Hoboken. She tries to be strict and keep order, but things often get out of her control. She grew up in a circus family, and her “showbiz” background and sense of humor always shine through her attempt at creating a tough exterior.
Sister Mary Hubert is the Mistress of Novices. She is second in command to Mother Superior. She wanted to be a nun all her life and at times finds it difficult to deal with problems she firmly believes are created by Mother Superior’s ineptness. She is very practical. She and Mother Superior have a healthy and humorous rivalry.
Sister Robert Anne (also voice of the puppet nun, Sister Mary Annette) is a streetwise nun from Brooklyn, New York. She is one tough cookie but has a heart and soul of gold. The students love her because she “speaks their language.” She feels she has real theatrical potential and is constantly frustrated by Reverend Mother’s refusal to let her “star” in the show
Sister Mary Paul (also known as Amnesia) was hit on the head with a crucifix and for a long period didn’t remember who she was. Now, everyone knows she is Sister Mary Paul, a country singer who jump-started her recording career as the first nun to appear at the Grand Ole Opry. Even though she has her memory back, she always seems to be a “little vacant” but innocently endearing.
*Sister Mary Leo (optional role), a novice in the first three shows, now has her black veil. She is very excited to be in the Christmas show because Reverend Mother has allowed her to dance in the Nutcracker Ballet. Sister Leo has dedicated her life to becoming the first famous nun ballerina.
Maria John Billy *Sister Mary Leo appears only at the top of the show (and is usually portrayed by an assistant stage manager or other backstage crew person). We use a fake bio with a fake name in the program so the audience doesn’t catch on to the fact that Sister Leo, because of an unfortunate accident, won’t be able to appear in the body of the show.
Father Virgil Manly Trott is Sister Mary Leo’s “real-life” brother. He is a Franciscan Father of Fort Wayne and grew up in the Mississippi Delta where he and his sister were part of the Trott Family Singers. He now has his own radio show, and the sisters invited him to participate in the Christmas program because they knew he could give them pointers on presenting a good show.
Children Mount Saint Helen’s students are cast with two boys and two girls ranging in age from approximately 8-14, depending on talent and ability to handle the material