The Grand Opera House Announces Auditions for

A Christmas Story

A Christmas Classic Back by Popular demand!


The Grand Opera House will present A Christmas Story, a comedy adapted by Philip Grecian based on the motion picture A Christmas Story, ©1983 Turner Entertainment Co., written by Jean Shepherd, Leigh Brown and Bob Clark.


Humorist Jean Shepherd's memoir of growing up in the Midwest in the 1940s follows 9-year-old Ralphie Parker in his quest to get a genuine Red Ryder BB gun under the tree for Christmas. Ralphie pleads his case before his mother, his teacher and even Santa Claus himself, at Higbee's Department Store. The consistent response: "You'll shoot your eye out!" All the elements from the beloved motion picture are here, including the family's temperamental exploding furnace; Scut Farkas, the school bully; the boys' experiment with a wet tongue on a cold lamppost; the Little Orphan Annie decoder pin; Ralphie's father winning a lamp shaped like a woman's leg in a net stocking; Ralphie's fantasy scenarios and more.



A Christmas Story Performances: November 29 & 30, December 6 & 7 @ 7:30 PM

December 1 & 8 @ 2:00 PM



Director: Frank McClain

Saturday, September 21st

11:00 AM        Children

12:00 PM        Adults


Sunday, September 22nd

6:00 PM          Children

7:00 PM          Adults


Callbacks (if needed):

Wednesday (evening), September 25th



Location: Auditions will be held at the Grand’s Rehearsal space in the Arcade Building, 880 Locust St., Suites 222 and 228.  Please enter though the alley entrance located between Locust and Main.  When you enter go up just past the first hallway and take the stairs on the left to the second floor.  The rooms are right at the top of the stairs. 




Seeking men, women, boys and girls for the following roles:


Ralph as an adult         A storyteller, who may also play additional characters*

Mother                         Ralphie’s mother

The Old Man               Ralphie’s father

Miss Shields                 Ralfie’s teacher

*These roles can be played by adult Ralph or may be cast separately:

Cowboy, Tree Lot Owner, Delivery Man, the Voice of a Neighbor, the voice of Santa Clause



Ralphie Parker             Ralph at 9 years old

Randy                          Ralphie’s little brother

Flick                            Ralphie’s friend and classmate

Schwartz                      Ralphie’s friend and classmate

Esther Jane Alberry      Ralphie’s classmate

Helen Weathers                        Ralphie’s classmate

Scut Farkas                  A bully who also plays Black Bart in Ralphie’s fantasies

Desperado One                        A character in Ralphie’s fantasies

Desperado Two                        a character in Ralphie’s fantasies

Additional children for classroom and playground scenes



Actors wishing to audition but who are unavailable to arrive at the start of the audition time should call the Grand Opera House business office at 563-588-4356 to give an approximate arrival time. Those auditioning should be prepared to list all conflict or potential conflicts between Monday, October 7th and Saturday, November 23rd.  Availability for dress/tech rehearsals on Sunday, November 24th through Wednesday the 27th  and all performances is mandatory.  Final dress rehearsal will be Wednesday, November 27th.  There will not be a rehearsal on Thanksgiving, November 28th. 


Actors will be asked to read form the script. Perusal copies of the script sides are available at the Grand Opera House business office 135 West 8th Street, Dubuque, between 9:00am-4:00pm Monday through Friday. Sides can also be emailed upon request by contacting Executive and Artistic Director, Frank McClain at