Preparations for the SGA Creative Arts Council’s Christmas play began Monday as hopeful students gathered for the first day of auditions.
Auditions will continue Tuesday and Wednesday in the Old Main Auditorium.
Auditions consisted of cold readings, where each actor read different characters’ lines without prior knowledge of the script. The directors, JU senior Jared Randall and sponsor Tammie Weatherly, oversaw the readings.
Randall said they will present two one-act plays, The Christmas Movie, by Carrie Varnell, and Nativity on the Square, by Tom Long.
“The Christmas Movie is a spoof on four major Christmas movies,”Randall said. “It kind of takes out the value in [the movies] and points out why they’re not the real point of Christmas.”
Randall said The Christmas Movie should be interesting to the audiences with it’s shattering of the fourth wall, which means that actors will speak directly to the audience.
The other half of the show, The Nativity Square, focuses on a nativity scene that comes to life but doesn’t know the meaning of Christmas. In the play, an inebriated homeless woman stumbles upon the scene and recounts her own story as well as the story of Christmas.
Several students came to audition for the play.
“I’m a freshman seeking ways to get involved, and thought this would be a good opportunity,” said Abby Pruitt, who was anxious for auditions to begin.
“I enjoy all the things that have to do with drama and theater,” said audition attendee Rebekah Sidwell, who performed in last year’s production of Our Miss Brooks.
Randall said both plays have a good message.
“This will be a good Christmas show because we have two shows that point toward the meaning of Christmas,” Randall said.
The performance dates are set for 7 p.m. Dec. 3, 4, and 6. There will also be a matinee Dec. 5, but the time has not been determined.
The Creative Arts Council hopes to make the performance a fun event, and is exploring ideas such as eggnog and hot cider for the audience, carolers to set the mood and “deck[ing] Old Main out Christmas-style” Randall said.
For students interested in auditioning that could not attend Monday’s session, there is another chance to audition at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 22 or Wednesday, Sept. 33 in the Old Main Auditorium.