Hershey Area Playhouse Announces Auditions for A Christmas Story

HERSHEY, Pa., August 22, 2018 – Hershey Area Playhouse will be holding auditions for the final show of their 2018 season, A Christmas Story directed by John Mallonee, on Friday, September 14 starting at 6:30 PM and Saturday, September 15 starting at 2:00 PM. Callbacks will be held on Sunday, September 16 at 6:30 PM if necessary.

Auditioners will be asked to read director-selected scenes from the play individually and in small groups.

The parts being cast will include 2-5 men (stage age 30+), 2 women (stage age 20+), 5 boys (stage age 8+), and 2 girls (stage age (8+).

Additional walk on/speaking roles may be available.

Character Descriptions:

Ralph, as an adult: A charismatic storyteller with a dynamic speaking voice, who can draw an audience into the world of the play.

Ralphie Parker: A regular kid – cute but not overly handsome, not precious. He wouldn’t be lost in a crowd, but he wouldn’t stand out either. Bright, but not precocious; the boy next door. Ralphie above all is a dreamer.

Mother: She is more in charge than she would ever let anyone know. Warm but tough.  Strong willed, straightforward, no-nonsense, likable, midwestern – a kind of every-mom.

The Old Man: He has a good heart, but it is buried under a rough exterior. He’s not the perfect father by any means – he is happiest when he’s tinkering in the basement.  He usually expects the worst but is secretly a dreamer.  A devoted husband/father, who loves his family but does not feel the need to show it.

Randy: Ralphie’s younger brother. Can be a bit awkward and offbeat; admires his big brother, Ralphie, but won’t admit it.

Miss Shields: She is Ralphie’s elementary school teacher. Perhaps a little boring looking at first – ah but underneath!  Great with comedy. Character woman.

Flick & Schwartz: 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.

Ester Jane Alberry & Helen Weathers: 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.

Scut Farkas: The classic bully; tough, perhaps taller than the other kids; there’s nothing about him you want to like. He’s that kid you always made sure to avoid in school.

**Small adult speaking parts may be available depending on those auditioning.  Otherwise, these parts will be filled by the Narrator (Ralph, as an adult).**

Performances of A Christmas Story will be held December 6-9 and 13-16, 2018 at the Playhouse.  Additional audition information is available on the Playhouse’s website,


Hershey Area Playhouse ( is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization dedicated to providing residents of the community with an opportunity to participate in the creation and production of a theatrical experience. Since its inception in 1999, Hershey Area Playhouse has staged dozens of productions at numerous venues around the Hershey area. In April 2007, the Playhouse opened its new permanent home, Hershey Area Playhouse at Country Meadows.