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Auditions for "Gift of the Magi"   - Project ID # 1596545
Project Type   Live Event Submission Type   Open Call
Location   Redlands, CA Union   Non-union
Rate/Pay   n/a Release Date   06-19-19
Audition Date   10-03-19 Submission Deadline   10-02-19
Shoot Date      
Casting Category   Theatre - Non-Equity
Market(s)   Los Angeles, CA>San Diego, CA

The story begins with Della despairing over the meager amount of money she’s managed to save over the past few months by pinching pennies. She had been hoping to save enough to buy her husband Jim a worthy Christmas present. Della suddenly goes to gaze at her reflection in a window, letting her hair fall to its full length below her knee. Della’s brown hair and Jim’s gold watch that had been passed down from his grandfather are the couple’s most prized possessions. Della runs to a hair shop and sells her hair for twenty dollars. Then she uses the money to buy Jim a simple platinum watch chain. The chain is described as possessing “quietness and value,” like Jim.

Role # 1 - Della Submit yourself for this role
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The narrator, although omniscient, tells most of the story from Della’s perspective. She’s described as young, affectionate, selfless, and somewhat hysterical, requiring Jim to comfort her when she’s upset. She cares deeply for Jim, and the story revolves around her predicament of procuring a worthy Christmas present for him when she’s only saved $1.87 throughout the year. Her most prized possession at the beginning of the story is her hair, which falls below her knee, but in her selflessness, she sells this in order to buy a proper watch chain for Jim.

Searchable talent specs:
Gender: Female
Age: from 18 to 60
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 2 - Jim Submit yourself for this role
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Jim, Della’s husband, and “the lord of the flat,” is only twenty-two and heavily burdened by the need to support the household on a low salary. Despite this burden, however, he’s described as content, quiet, and good-natured. He loves Della and sells his prized watch, passed down from his grandfather, in order to buy fancy combs for Della’s beautiful hair.

Searchable talent specs:
Gender: Male
Age: from 18 to 60
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 3 - Madame Sofronie Submit yourself for this role
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Madame Sofronie owns the hair shop to which Della sells her hair. She’s described as “large, too white, chilly,” and her manner with Della is brusque and to the point. She wastes no time evaluating Della’s hair and setting a price—twenty dollars. Her manner directly contrasts that of Della and Jim, who value their love and sentiment over material value. For Della, her hair is something special and prized. For Madame Sofronie, her hair is worth the dollar value she can get out of it.

Searchable talent specs:
Gender: Female
Age: from 18 to 60
Ethnicity: Any -