The Kingfisher Theater presents The World Premiere production of
The Devil, the Witch, and the Blacksmith
adapted for the stage from
Nikolai Gogol’s short story “The Night Before Christmas”
by Amy Canfield and Kevin Dedes
directed by Amy Canfield
‘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)
AUDITION DATES AND TIMES:
Monday, November 9 and Tuesday, November 10 at 7 p.m. (please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org if you cannot attend one of these audition times, but would still like to be considered for a role.)
The Bread and Water Theatre space at 172 W. Main St. in Rochester, NY.
Auditions will consist of readings of the script. We are looking for actors of all ages, types, and abilities. We welcome everyone! Since the script is in development, we are especially looking for imaginative performers who are willing to experiment and take risks. There are many wonderful character roles! Follow the link for access to a script. You can download a version of the audition script here.
The rehearsal schedule will be fully developed once casting is complete. Rehearsals will be in November and December, with the show tentatively opening the second week of January. There will be no rehearsals Nov. 26-28, Dec. 24-26, 31 or Jan. 1.
Tentatively, the weekends of January 8, 15, and 22. Firm dates are dependent on actor and space availability and will be finalized mid-November..
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 and artists are the essence of theater and strives to compensate them for their work. We are a brand new company, however, so this may not be possible. However, we will make all attempts to do so.
ROLES AVAILABLE: No roles have been pre-cast. There may be doubling of roles.
Vakula–the town’s pious blacksmith
Oksana—the town beauty whom Vakula loves
Solokha—a witch, Vakula’s mother
The Devil–wants to ruin Vakula’s life
Tchub—a rich Cossack; Oksana’s father
Panas–Tchub’s peasant friend and neighbor
Catherine the Great
Woman with the purple nose
Zaporozhtsy—members of a particular sect of Cossack
Townspeople—all ages and types