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SALISBURY, NC – Piedmont Players Theatre Youth is holding open auditions for the Christmas youth production, A Christmas Story. This timeless classic will be presented on stage in the Norvell Theatre this December. Based on the motion picture A Christmas Story and written by Jean Shepherd, Leigh Brown and Bob Clark; and on the book In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash by Jean Shepherd.

 Auditions will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 16 at 4pm and 5pm and again on Wednesday, Oct 17 at 4pm and 5pm at the Norvell Theatre, 135 E. Fisher Street in downtown Salisbury. Each audition slot lasts one hour, please prepare to stay the entire time until you are released. You will be notified prior to leaving if you are called back. Call backs are Thursday, October 18 at 4pm and are by invitation only.

The audition will consist of cold readings from the script and theatre games. Please bring a recent picture, resume or list of theatre experience (if you have any, but no experience is required) and a list of conflicts for the October through December time frame. PPT encourages all levels and experience to audition. Youth productions are perfect for actors age 6- 18 years.

The roles are listed on PPT’s website along with character descriptions. Participants must pre-register for an audition slot on the Piedmont Players website. There is no cost to audition or perform.

Roles Available:
Ralphie Parker is our 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, Ralphie’s older,wiser alter ego, functions as the story’s narrator and assumes theroles of the various townspeople who populate the landscape of the play.

Ralphie’s Mother is 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, but the provocative leg lamp that Ralphie’s father wins in a send-away contest does seem to do the trick.

The Old Man, the Parker family’s beleaguered patriarch, is a grumpy, good-hearted father with a penchant for highly original (and to the audience’s ears profanity-free) invective and a deeply held desire to be a winner.

Randy, 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 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.

Scut Farkas is the schoolyard bully who routinely torments Ralphie and his friends. He has yellow eyes!

Miss Shields is Ralphie’s teacher. She’s also an integral component of his campaign for the perfect Christmas gift.

Esther Jane and Helen are two of Ralphie’s classmates. Helen is something of a child prodigy, while Esther Jane seems to have a particular interest in our young protagonist.

A CHRISTMAS STORY is part of the PPT Youth production season. The production will be directed by Austin Young. Rehearsals will begin Monday, October 22nd. Rehearsals usually take place Monday through Friday from 5pm until 7pm. Production dates are December 4-15 and consist of school performances during the dates of December 4-7 and evening performances during the dates of December 7 & 8 and 14 & 15. The PPT Youth also seeks teens and college students interested in working behind the scenes as student stage managers, running crew and technicians, if you are interested email

To register for an audition slot and read additional details about Piedmont Players Theatre please visit under auditions or call the PPT office at (704) 633-5471.

Piedmont Players Theatre is a non-profit organization established in 1961 to produce theatre that entertains and educates by the production and study of dramatic arts. The youth division of Piedmont Players performs at its home in the Norvell Theater located at 135 E. Fisher Street in downtown Salisbury.