**AUDITION NOTICE** The Devil, the Witch, and the Blacksmith


The Kingfisher Theater presents

The Devil, the Witch, and the Blacksmith

by Amy Canfield & Kevin Dedes

Adapted from the short story by Nikolai Gogol

directed by Graydon Gund

‘Twas the night before Christmas and all through the Ukrainian village of Dikanka, visions of caroling and vodka and love were dancing in everyone’s heads. The Devil, of course, has other plans. Vakula, the town blacksmith, has humiliated His Evilness for the last time! As revenge, he will steal the moon and unleash a blinding snowstorm, stopping at nothing to ruin Vakula’s chance to win the beautiful but conceited Oksana. Vakula’s mother, the town witch and ‘comforter’ of half the town’s menfolk, gets in on the action along with Oksana’s wealthy Cossack father–then mischief abounds! Gogol’s masterful tale of magic and farce in a sleepy Ukrainian village on Christmas Eve makes for a joyful holiday treat!

For a full synopsis, see: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christmas_Eve_(Gogol)


Monday, Oct 24th from 7:00 – 9:00pm
Tuesday, Oct 25th from 7:00 – 9:00pm

To schedule an audition, fill out the audition form at this link:


(please send an email to auditions@thekingfishertheater ONLY if you cannot attend these auditions but would still like to be considered for a role. We cannot guarantee that you will be seen, but we will try.)


Gallery Seventy-Four
215 Tremont Street
Building 3, 3rd Floor
Rochester, NY 14608

Auditions will consist of readings of sides from the script. You will be given sides after you fill out our AUDITION FORM.

CASTING PRACTICES:  The Kingfisher Theater adheres to the Actors Equity standard of encouraging and promoting Non-Traditional Casting. “Non-Traditional Casting is
designed to increase artistic options by expanding casting opportunities for
women, actors of color, seniors and actors with disabilities in roles where
race, gender, age or the presence or absence of a disability are not germane.”  The Kingfisher Theater will offer Buffalo/Rochester Special Appearance Equity Contracts to Equity actors who may be cast in this production.

The Kingfisher Theater believes that actors are the essence of theater and will make all efforts to compensate our actors for their work.  As we are brand-new, the theater cannot guarantee compensation at this point, but will strive to meet this goal. We have been able to offer a little compensation to our actors for our first three productions last season!

REHEARSAL SCHEDULE: The rehearsal schedule will be fully developed once casting is complete. Rehearsals will begin sometime in November 2016 and continue through December for our opening in January. Generally we rehearse a few weekday evenings and some weekends. If you’re flexible we can be flexible!


Thursday, January 5
Friday, January 6
Saturday, January 7
Thursday, January 12
Friday, January 13
Saturday, January 14
Thursday, January 19
Friday, January 20
Saturday, January 21

All shows at 8:00pm


ROLES AVAILABLE: No roles have been pre-cast. There may be doubling of roles.

The Devil, Himself
Solokha, the village witch
Vakula, the village blacksmith, her son, in love with Oksana
Tchub, a wealthy and vain Cossack, in love with Solokha
Oksana, Tchub’s beautiful and conceited daughter
Panas, Tchub’s drinking buddy
Natasha, his wife
Ostap Shapuvalenko, the village weaver
Polina, his wife
Mayor Kulygin, a politician
The Sexton, a moralist
Anfisa, his wife
Sverbyguz, a travelling cossack
Pepperchika, village gossip and drunk
Paunchy Patsyuk, a fat, wise, magical Cossack with spiritual powers
Zaporozhets, Cossacks from the Zaporizhia Oblast, Ukraine
Catherine the Great, Empress of Russia
Grigory Potemkin, Military leader and best pal of Catherine
Priest, A local priest
Bishop, A high-ranking church official from St. Petersburg
Masha, Olga, Irina, Village girls
Alex, Kostya, Village boys
Dancers, Carolers, and Assorted Villagers

To schedule an audition, fill out the audition form at this link: https://goo.gl/forms/OyXAMqV96nzrY8Gv2

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