IVT Announces Auditions for Its Next World Premier Show….’A Twisted Christmas Carol’


Indian Valley Theatre announces auditions for their upcoming World Premier production of ’A Twisted Christmas Carol’ by Phil Olson and directed by Connie Cline, on Sunday, Sept. 29th from 2-4 pm and Monday, Sept. 30th from 7-9 pm. 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 needed to audition, although it is required if cast. Audition forms may be downloaded prior to auditioning on IVT’s website.

’A Twisted Christmas Carol’ is a newly written comedy by the creator of the ‘Don’t Hug Me’ Series of plays. IVT was asked personally by the playwright to be one of 11 Community Theatre groups across the U.S to produce this show. A Twisted Christmas Carol is a Texas spoof of Charles Dickens’ classic story, ‘A Christmas Carol.’ It’s Christmas Eve in a small west Texas town and cantankerous barbecue joint owner Buford Johnson gets in an argument with his wife, Darla and tells her he’s skipping Christmas. He storms out of the restaurant, goes four wheeling in his pickup, gets hit by a twister, rolls his truck and goes into a coma. He comes back in his dream where he’s visited by ex-business partner, Hank Walker, who plays the ghost of Christmas past, present, and future. Hank takes Buford (Scrooge) on a journey similar to that in Charles Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol’ only Texas style. “’A Twisted Christmas Carol’ is the most unusual Christmas Eve “barbecue” you’ll ever dream about. Even Charles Dickens would laugh!”

The cast calls for the following characters: Darla Johnson, strong willed co-owner of a Barbecue joint called “Buford’s Open Pit Barbecue,” who’s been married to Buford for a long time; Buford Johnson, Darla’s husband, strong willed co-owner of Buford’s BBQ; A Texan Archie Bunker, Bubba Pickford, oblivious, dense, business owner; Daisy Newsom, pretty, young, dreamy ex-short order cook at Buford’s BBQ; Hank Walker, famous barbecue legend, owner of Hank’s Own Barbecue Sauce and quite a ladies’ man.

IVT is extremely honored to be chosen to produce ’A Twisted Christmas Carol’. Phil Olson has written 16 published plays that have had over 400 productions around the world. Nine of his plays are published by Samuel French including, A Nice Family Christmas,’ ‘Mom’s Gift’ and Don’t Hug Me’. Phil has won several playwright awards. Seven of his award-winning plays take place in small towns in Minnesota. He has also sold two screenplays and script doctored three screenplays that were produced.

Performances will be held in Dec. of 2019 @ the historic Sandwich Opera House. For questions or more information about ’A Twisted Christmas Carol’ auditions or Indian Valley Theatre, please e-mail info@indianvalleytheatre.com   or contact IVT at 815-786-4878 leave a name and number to receive a call back. Check us out online @ www.indianvalleytheatre.com. 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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