As we look forward to the celebrations and traditions of the season, the 2023 edition of Holiday on Robinhood Lane hopes to share the many things we all love about this time of year. Memories of Home, our theme this year, will allow the cast and audience to remember together what they have experienced with the ones they love during this time of year.
With an original script, Holiday will give us a glimpse of the memories and traditions that connect us all. Featuring vocal performance, spoken word, movement, and more, Holiday on Robinhood Lane is CPT’s gift to our community. It is a celebration that is filled with joy, peace, and love. We hope to give each person involved a memory that they will cherish for a lifetime.
We will have auditions for one day only. Please join us on October 9th.
We are looking for a diverse cast of individuals from all backgrounds, races, and ethnicities. We are interested in a multi-generational cast.
Please arrive at least fifteen minutes early to complete forms.
Youth aged 5-12 are invited to join us from 5:30-7 for an audition experience. We ask that parents plan to stay for the entire audition process.
Please sign-up for youth auditions using this link.
5:30-6:00: We will spend the first thirty minutes exploring the audition process, learning a short reading, and doing warm-ups as a group.
6:00-7:00: In the last hour of youth auditions, we will have closed individual auditions.
This means that each child will have the opportunity to sing for our production team and do a small reading. (Youth reading will come from the poem “’Twas the Night Before Christmas.” We will also go over the reading during our first thirty minutes of prep.)
Please have your child prepare 16-32 bars (about 1-2 minutes of music) of a song that shows off their vocal talents (holiday or seasonal music or music that reflects your family traditions preferred). Your child will be responsible for providing sheet music. We will have an accompanist. Auditioners are also welcome to choose from the following (to be sung a cappella): Jingle Bells or Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
We may invite youth auditioners to stay and be part of the adult choreography auditions.
Auditioners aged 13 and up are invited to join us at 6:45 to fill out forms. Auditions will begin at 7:00.
Parents of those aged 13-17 will need to sign the audition form but do not need to stay for auditions.
Please sign-up for adult auditions using this link.
7:00: We will begin with open choreography auditions. All auditioners will learn a simple combination and perform it for our production staff. The dance audition will be done in small groups.
Tappers: If you are interested in participating in the tap audition, please bring tap shoes!
Following choreography auditions, we will hold closed vocal and reading auditions.
Please prepare 16-32 bars of music (about 1-2 minutes) that shows off your vocal talent and is consistent with the theme of our show (holiday or seasonal music or music that reflects your family traditions). You are responsible for bringing your own sheet music. Please mark your music with clear start/stop points. You may sing a cappella but not with a backing or karaoke track.
Immediately following your vocal audition, we will ask you to read a provided side (the last page from the book The Polar Express).
If you have additional questions please contact Producer Maggie Borkholder via text at 309-261-6372.
12 Angry Jurors, based on the 1954 teleplay ‘12 Angry Men’ by Reginald Rose and adapted for film in 1957, tells the story of 12 jurors charged with the unenviable task of deciding a young man’s fate. Accused of brutally murdering his father, the young man’s life hangs in the balance as a jury of his peers battle reasonable doubt, prejudice, and their own morality in a cramped, overheated deliberation room. Tempers flare as the reality of a death sentence weighs on the minds of these 12 strangers, the life or death of the accused foisted upon them. Guilty or not guilty. Life or death. Freedom or damnation. Each juror must vote.
We encourage all races, ethnicities, and gender identities to audition for all roles in the show; it is our intention that the twelve jurors of our cast will represent modern-day America: people from all walks of life, coming together to make up the defendant’s ‘jury of peers,’ a founding tenant of democracy. Due to the content of this show and the jury-room setting, auditioners must be 18 years or older by the last performance (January 14, 2024).
Auditions will consist of reading from a selection of sides. Auditioners are encouraged to attend both nights of auditions but are only required to attend one night (either Monday or Tuesday). We recommend you arrive 5-10 minutes early to fill out an audition form. Please reach out to the Producer, Shireen Banigan ([email protected]) with any questions or concerns.
Juror #1: A small, petty person who is impressed with the authority they have and handles themselves quite formally.
Juror #2: A meek, hesitant person who finds it difficult to speak their own thoughts for fear of being shouted down by the more powerful personalities in the room. Unable to maintain any opinion of their own; they are easily swayed and usually adopts the opinion of the last person whom has spoken
Juror #3: A very strong, very forceful, extremely opinionated person, intolerant of opinions other than their own. Humorless with a streak of sadism. At the same time, a deeply wounded person who tries to hide their pain behind a loud voice.
Juror #4: Seems to be a person of wealth and position, and a practiced speaker who presents themselves well at all times. Their only concern is with the facts of the case and is often the voice of reason and logic when fights break out amongst the others. They seem to feel a little bit above the rest of the jurors, and they are appalled with the behavior of the other Jurors.
Juror #5: A naive, frightened younger person from the slums who identifies with the young person on trial more than they would like to admit. Takes their obligations in this case very seriously, but finds it difficult to speak up when their elders have the floor.
Juror #6: An honest person who comes upon their decisions slowly and carefully. A blue-collar worker who states their opinions honestly and bluntly. They find it difficult to create positive opinions, but must listen to, digest, and accept those opinions offered by others which appall them most.
Juror #7: A loud, flashy, glad-handed salesperson and has more important things to do than sit in a jury. Quick to show temper and equally quick to form opinions on which they know nothing.
Juror #8: A quiet, thoughtful, gentle person. Sees all sides of every question and constantly seeks the truth. A person of strength tempered with compassion. Above all, a person who wants justice to be done and will fight to see that it is.
Juror #9: An elderly person. Gentle, mild, and long since defeated by life. They recognize themselves for what they are and mourns for the days when it would have been possible to be courageous without shielding themselves behind their many years.
Juror #10: A bully and a bigot who places no value on any human save their own. They are an angry, bitter person who antagonizes almost at sight.
Juror #11: An immigrant/refugee who came to this country as a young adult. Speaks with an accent and is ashamed, humble, and is almost subservient to the people around them. They are very polite and calm, and believe very strongly in the American Ideal and in the Justice System. They will honestly seek justice because they have suffered through so much injustice.
Juror #12: A slick, bright advertising person who tries to do the right thing, but is used to being overwhelmed by people with louder, brighter ideas. Thinks of human beings in terms of percentages, graphs and polls, and has no real understanding of people.
Guard: Gentle and helpful, of any age, there to account for and assist the jurors
Will be available 1-2 weeks before auditions.