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Indian Valley Theatre Announces Auditions for Two Upcoming Shows

Indian Valley Theatre is proud to announce auditions for the next 2 shows in their season. The first show is “A Mostly Minnesota Christmas”, directed by Brad Shortridge. Auditions will be Sunday, Sept. 17th from 1 to 4pm and Monday, Sept. 18th from 7 to 9pm.  ‘Tis the season to be merry…and annoyed by your family. As Bill and Abby prepare for Christmas in frigid northern Minnesota, long-estranged relatives start showing up on their doorstep to heal old wounds and reconcile irreconcilable differences. Besides the surprise relatives, Abby is busy producing and directing the Christmas Pageant at her church and let’s face it, bringing together one’s family to celebrate Christmas never goes quite as planned. With a sharp tongue and a soft heart, this rollicking comedy is a reminder of how Christmas and family go hand-in-hand, no matter what happens. The character list is as follows: Bill Hanson (m) – A Minnesota man. 35-50; Abby Hanson (f) – Bill’s wife. 35-50; Vic (m) – Grandpa. 55-80; Ruth (f) – Grandma, Vic’s wife. 55-80; Ed (m) – Bill’s brother from Miami. A weatherman.  40-50; Lisa (f) – Ed’s (younger wife).  30-45; Jack/Jean (m/f) – Bill and Abby’s son. 10-14; Diane/David (m/f) – Bill and Abby’s daughter. 10-14; Chris (m/f) – Ed and Lisa’s daughter. 8-12; Nick/Nikki (m/f) – Ed and Lisa’s son and former reality television star. 10-14; Oliver Funke (m) – Lisa’s fling. 25-40. Performances will be Friday, December 1st at 7:30 pm, Saturday, December 2nd at 7:30 pm and Sunday, December 3rd at 2:30 pm at the Historic Sandwich Opera House.

The second show is “On Golden Pond”, directed by Matt Johnson. Auditions will be held on Sunday, Sept 24th from 1 to 4 and 6 to 8. Performances will be Friday, March 2nd 2018 at 7:30 pm, Saturday, March 3rd at 7:30 pm and Sunday, March 4th at 2:00 pm.  PLUS Friday, March 9th 2018 at 7:30 pm, Saturday, March 10th at 7:30 pm and Sunday, March 11th at 2:00 pm. his is the love story of Ethel and Norman Thayer, who are returning to their summer home on Golden Pond for the forty-eighth year. He is a retired professor, nearing eighty, with heart palpitations and a failing memory—but still as tart-tongued, observant and eager for life as ever. Ethel, ten years younger, and the perfect foil for Norman, delights in all the small things that have enriched and continue to enrich their long life together. They are visited by their divorced, middle-aged daughter and her dentist fiancé, who then go off to Europe, leaving his teenage son behind for the summer. The boy quickly becomes the “grandchild” the elderly couple have longed for, and as Norman revels in taking his ward fishing and thrusting good books at him, he also learns some lessons about modern teenage awareness—and slang—in return. In the end, as the summer wanes, so does their brief idyll, and in the final, deeply moving moments of the play, Norman and Ethel are brought even closer together by the incidence of a mild heart attack. Time, they know, is now against them, but the years have been good and, perhaps, another summer on Golden Pond still awaits. Character Descriptions: Norman Thayer, Jr.: Nearing his eightieth birthday, Norman is flirting with senility and is aware of it enough to use it to his advantage, usually in a humorous way. He is very much in love with Ethel, his wife, but doesn’t quite know what to do about their daughter, Chelsea. Ethel Thayer: Ten years younger than Norman, a spritely, active woman who loves her husband completely and who is in love with simply being alive. She is caregiver, sweetheart, and friend to Norman. Charlie Martin: A local delivery-by-boat mailman, a long-time family friend and a typical Maine down-Easterner. Still single, he has had a life-long crush on Chelsea. Chelsea Thayer Wayne: Attractive, divorced, and in her forties, Chelsea is still dealing with the lack of closeness between her and Norman. She is engaged to Bill Ray, whom she brings to meet her parents. Billy Ray: The fourteen-year-old son of Bill Ray, he is a typical California teenager who comes to spend a month with Norman and Ethel on Golden Pond while his father and Chelsea are in Europe. Bill Ray: Chelsea’s fiancé and Billy’s father, Bill is definitely not the outdoors type. He is trying his best to make a good impression on Norman and Ethel.

 Auditions will be held in the Community Room at the Sandwich Opera House, 140 E. Railroad St. in Sandwich and are open to the public. Please be prepared for a cold reading from the script. No appointment is necessary and IVT membership is not required to audition, although it is required if you are cast. Audition forms may be downloaded prior to auditioning on IVT’s website.

For questions or more information about these auditions or Indian Valley Theatre, please e-mail   or contact IVT at 888-365-8889. Check us out online @ Indian Valley Theatre is an Illinois Not-for-Profit organization dedicated to the appreciation and development of the performing arts in the Fox Valley area.


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