The Christmas Express
By Pat Cook

Directed by  Wayne Puchkors

Auditions and Performances to be held at Beatniks On Conkey, 420 Conkey Street, Hammond, IN

Audition Dates:

Sunday October 14 2018  5PM to 7PM
Monday October 15  7PM to 9PM

Performance Dates:

Friday, December 7, 2018, at 8:00 p.m.
December 8, at 8:00 p.m.
at December 9, at 2:00 p.m.

Friday, December 14 at 8:00 p.m.
December 15 at 8:00 p.m.
December 16 at 2:00 p.m.

Story Synopsis:

"This is the most hopeless place in the world!" Hilda intones as she dreams of faraway places and only finds tedium in running the Holly Railway Station. That is, until Leo Tannenbaum drops in out of nowhere the day before Christmas Eve. Suddenly, an old radio that hasn't worked in years springs to life, the local group of carolers (which usually yowls like a gang of wet cats) begins to sound like the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and the whole town gets the Christmas spirit. Coincidence? . Or is Leo doing all this? This nostalgic theatrical greeting card is full of eccentric small town characters, wise-cracking their way to finding the true wonder of Christmas. And on the way they make us all wish we could take a ride on The Christmas Express.

Cast of Characters

HILDA TROWBRIDGE: A rather grumpy woman in her 40s, manages the Holly Railway Station.

SATCH BRUNSWICK: Hildas assistant with a better outlook on life, in his 40s.

MAGGIE CLOONEY: A mail carrier in her mid-30s. (40s?)

LEO TANNENBAUM: A pleasant, mysterious man in his 50s. (or older)

PENELOPE BLAISEDALE: Editor of the local newspaper, The Holly Herald, in her mid-30s.

MR. FAIRFAX: An ominous man, in his mid-50s. (60s?)

MRYNA HOBSNAGLE: Secretary at City Hall, in her 40s.

DONNA FAY CUMMINGS: A stubborn newlywed, in her 20s.

JERRY CUMMINGS: Donnas equally stubborn husband, a little slow at times, in his 20s.

DEBORAH SMITH: A slightly haggard woman, in her 30s. (40s?)

Audition Preparation: You may be asked to join in singing a few stanzas of a Christmas Carol; otherwise, nothing needs to be prepared. Auditions will include readings from the script.
For further information contact the director Wayne Puchkors at:

Auditions will be held at Beatniks On Conkey, 420 Conkey Street, Hammond, IN.   219-852-0848
Performances at Beatniks On Conkey
420 Conkey St. Hammond, IN         2 blocks east of Hohman Avenue.

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