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

**AUDITION NOTICE**

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 Kevin Dedes

‘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–and conceited–Oksana. Vakula’s mother–Solokha the Witch–gets in on the action along with Oksana’s wealthy Cossack father Tchub–and mischief abounds! Gogol’s masterful tale of magic and farce in a sleepy Ukrainian village on Christmas Eve makes for a joyful holiday treat!

PERFORMANCES at the MuCCC!
We will be performing from January 3rd to the 14th at MuCCC.

PERFORMANCE DATES:
Wednesday, January 3
Thursday, January 4
Friday, January 5
Saturday, January 6
Sunday, January 7
Tuesday, January 9
Wednesday, January 10
Thursday, January 11
Friday, January 12
Saturday, January 13
All show at 8:00pm

REHEARSAL SCHEDULE:
Begins November 28th
Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings from 7:00 – 10:00pm
Occasional Saturday mornings

If you would like to audition, please contact Kevin at kdedes@thekingfishertheater.org

PREPARATION:
New actors welcome! No experience necessary. Auditions will consist of readings of sides from the script and improv theater games. 

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 may offer roles to Equity actors who may be cast in this production, but we cannot guarantee it at this time. We’d love to see you at audition anyway.

COMPENSATION:
The Kingfisher Theater believes that actors are the essence of theater and will make all efforts to compensate our actors for their work. At the moment, the theater cannot guarantee compensation but will strive to meet this goal. 

ROLES AVAILABLE:
No roles have been pre-cast. There may be doubling of roles
There are no speaking roles for actors under the age of 18

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

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