Character Descriptions for “The Christmas Heist”

We’re a little less than 3 weeks away from auditions for the Southern Hills Community Theatre/Skeeter Bite Productions collaboration “The Christmas Heist.”

I’ve been blasting the 80’s and Christmas tunes already here at home.  If you need to get in the mood, here’s a sample of what I’ve been getting amped up to:

In case you’re planning on auditioning, here are some brief details on the entire cast of characters from this play:

ALEX: 17 year old male. Sort of a “Charlie Brown” type. Average in just about everything, somewhat wishy-washy. Does have an interest in videography. Works at Gus’ Motel.

KENZIE: 15 year old female. Sarcastic rebel and youngest of the group. From the “wrong side of the tracks” but generally nice. Invariably says whatever comes to her mind without a filter.

KELLY COOPER: 17 year old female. The pretty, popular girl. More to her than meets the eye, though. Must be able to do drama & comedy both equally very well.

SHAWN: 16 year old gender flexible. Written as a male, but can be flex. The geek/nerd/techie. Loves video games, math, D&D, plans on world domination one day. Not as verbose as everyone else but when he does speak up, he sounds like Spock. Good memory a must.

ROBIN: 16 year old male. Can also be flexed between genders if absolutely necessary. A bit of a lovable goofball, but can easily bounce between funny and serious.

GUS: late 30’s to late 40’s male. The amiable hippy who runs Gus’ Motel after taking it over when he father passed away. Only has a handful of short scenes but must make an impression as someone the kids would look up to.

BEN: Late 20’s to late 30’s male. Could be older but should roughly match Sarah. The mysterious but friendly stranger staying at Gus’ Motel the week of Christmas. Always seems to find himself in the middle of the kids’ schemes, but he really just wants to get his car fixed and get out of town ASAP.

MAYOR DAWN COOPER: 30’s-40’s female. Is both the strong-armed mayor of Pine Springs, and Kelly’s young-ish step-mom. A bit cold, despises being confronted. Is generally trying to do what she thinks is best for the community, but might have ulterior motives.

JACK/JACKIE BUSSARD: 50’s-60’s gender flexible. A businessman/woman who wants to bring a shopping plaza to Pine Springs. Like everyone’s grandparent on the surface but behind closed doors is a wheeler and dealer.

OFFICER POWELL: 30’s-50’s. Written as male but could be gender flexible is absolutely necessary. Local police chief. Tends to just do whatever the mayor says. Described as a “Barney Fife” type.

SARAH: late 20’s to late 30’s female. Should be near Ben’s age if not cast within the written age. The secretary at City Hall who feels something is “up” but can’t prove it. Ultimately decides to help Ben & the kids during their heist with crucial information.

EXTRAS: Two scenes could have extra teenagers with no lines or very few lines that would be shared in unison with others “e.g. a chant like ‘Save Gus Now'” but are not required at all.

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