Burien Little Theatre Auditioning For "Christmas With The Crawfords"

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Burien Little Theatre is seeking adult actors to play characters ranging from age 2 to 49 (including some cross-dressers) to audition for the musical comedy “Christmas with the Crawfords” on Monday, Aug. 24th and Tuesday, Aug. 25th.

Auditions will be:

  • Monday, Aug. 24 from 7pm to 10pm
  • Tuesday, Aug. 25 from 7pm 10pm
  • Callbacks are Wednesday, Aug. 26 from 7:30pm to 10:30pm

“Christmas with the Crawfords,” was created by Richard Winchester and written by Mark Sargent.


Featuring Hollywood’s most famous dysfunctional family, this musical comedy pays tribute to and parodies Tinseltown’s “Golden Age.” To revive her ailing career, Joan Crawford arranges a live radio broadcast in her home on Christmas Eve, 1944, but uninvited celebrity guests hog the spotlight to sing their holiday favorites. A surprise hit since 1992.


  • Performances will be at Burien Little Theatre in Burien weekends from Nov. 27 to Dec. 20, 2009.
  • Rehearsals begin Sunday, Oct. 18.

Stage director is Steve Cooper and music director Ann Sager.


  • $100 stipend provided.


  • For auditioning, please prepare two short contrasting songs (serious/comedy; ballad/patter) and a short comic monologue under two minutes long. Accompanist will be provided.
  • Please also bring headshot and resume.
  • Actors invited to callbacks will do cold readings from the script and working with music from the show.
  • Please make an audition appointment: [email protected] or call Burien Little Theatre at 206-242-5180.


  • Auditions and callback will be in Studio 2 at the Burien Community Center, located at the intersection of S.W. 146th St. and 4th Ave. S.W. in Burien. For directions, go to www.burienlittletheatre.com.

CHARACTERS (*Note: Traditionally, many of these are cross-dressing roles, particularly Joan Crawford, but we are open to either gender):

  • Joan Crawford – Traditionally, a gender-bending role, but we are open to either gender, age 39, famous movie star, desperate to revive her ailing career
  • Christina Crawford – Female role, age 5 (but played by an adult), Joan’s daughter, actress and author, who became best known for writing “Mommie Dearest,” an expose of alleged child abuse by Joan Crawford
  • Christopher Crawford – Male role, Joan’s son, age 2 (but played by an adult)
  • Shirley Temple – Female role, age 16, famous movie star, she’s a sugar-coated tough cookie
  • Jane Crawford – Female role, age 36, Joan’s “sister,” actually a younger version of Baby Jane as played by Bette Davis in “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?”
  • Andrews Sisters – famous singing trio who also appeared in several films
  • Laverne – Female role, age 33
  • Maxene – Female role, age 28
  • Patty – Female role, age 26
  • Hedda Hopper – Female role, age 59, film actress and famous Hollywood gossip columnist
  • Judy Garland – Female role, age 22, famous movie star and singer
  • Gloria Swanson – Female role, age 45, famous movie star on the downside of her career
  • Hattie McDaniel – Female role, age 49, African-American signer and film actress, best known for her role as Mammie in the film “Gone with the Wind”
  • Carmen Miranda – Female role, age 35, Portuguese-born Brazilian samba singer and famous star of stage and screen
  • Ethel Merman – Female role, age 36, famous stage actress

And while we’re not in charge of these auditions, we’d recommend NOT bringing any wire hangers…ever!

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