JDT is proud to announce the addition of "Sorry, Wrong Chimney" to our season.  Performing the first weekends in December 2017, "Sorry, Wrong Chimney" will be making its Chicago area debut.

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The James Downing Theatre is pleased to announce auditions for its December production of the hilarious holiday farce “Sorry! Wrong Chimney!” by Jack Sharkey and Leo W. Sears. 

 Needed are 3 women & 4 men, aged 20’s-50’s, to play the following comic characters:

Samantha Tuttle: a high-strung, worried young newlywed of six months who suspects her husband is having an affair. Think of Lucille Ball from I LOVE LUCY.

David Tuttle: a hard-working young executive and befuddled newlywed who moonlights as a department store Santa so he can buy a fabulous Christmas present for his wife.

Natalie Weldon: The nouveau-riche neighbor to Samantha & David, Natalie is an experienced wife who “counsels” Sam since she has been married for several years. Energetic and nosy. If Samantha is Lucy, Natalie is Ethel from the same screwball TV comedy hit.

William Weldon: A pipe-smoking, absent-minded psychiatrist, with a tendency to stuffed-shirtism and a flair for the melodramatic, Bill is Natalie’s well-to-do husband, and neighbor to the Tuttles. Although physically somewhat bumbling, his verbal barbs are sharp, swift, literate, perfectly timed, and effortlessly delivered. He enjoys experimenting with hypnosis in his treatments.

Kris Kreigle: The loopy, loony-tune Kris Kreigle has a holiday delusion: he thinks he really is Santa. He is known as the Santa Claus Burglar because he also steals everything he can get his hands on.

Sheila: Elf-costume clad, gun-toting, doggedly devoted fiancée and accomplice of Kris Kreigle, Sheila drives his getaway car. She may seem like a “tough  road,” but this gum-chewing gangster’s moll with a take-charge attitude clearly has a heart of gold. 

Police Officer: He is a serious, committed officer of the law, who when hypnotized by mistake during his investigation, becomes a scene-stealer. The actor needs to be comfortable with physical comedy as the officer goes in and out of hypnosis at the snap of the finger, landing in crazy positions. Under hypnosis, he even performs an energetic strip-tease routine (stripping no farther than to his boxershorts).

Audition and Production Information:

Time Commitment:
Rehearsals will begin October 22. We will break for Thanksgiving Nov. 21-27.  Performances run weekends December 2nd through the 10th, 
Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 and Sundays 1:30.

Material To Prepare: Please prepare a 20th-21st-century comic monologue, no longer than 90 seconds.
We may also do some cold readings from the script.

Audition Scheduling:
Auditions will be held Sunday, October 15th  5:30 – 10 p.m.and Monday, October 16 7:00 – 10 p.m. Callbacks will be held on Wed, Oct 18 from 6:30-10 p.m.

Please submit digital headshot and resume, and give your available audition dates and times. Time slot will be sent with confirmation email.

Reply To Email: jamesdowningtheatre@gmail.com

This is a Non-Equity production.  There is no pay.