Just in the Nick of Time

A Detective Red Mistletoe Mystery

by Linda Daugherty

Auditions will be held on
Tuesday, September 10 from 4:30 to 6:00 PM and
Saturday, September 14 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

*If you cannot attend either date, please contact Kira via email or at (540) 743-1099.

Auditions are open to actors age 8 and above (adults too!). Actors will be asked to read scenes from the script and sing a bit of Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer or Frosty the Snow Man.

Please fill out the Audition Form and bring it with you to the audition.

Rehearsals will begin with a read-through on the afternoon of September 21 and will be held 2-3 afternoons per week thereafter. Tech week begins on November 11th.

Performances are November 15, 16, 17 and 22, 23, 24. Fridays and Saturdays at 7:00, Sundays at 3:00. The play runs approximately 55 minutes.

We are also looking for a Middle or High School students to work on set design, lighting design, stage management, publicity and props.

There is a $50 script fee. We do offer sibling discounts as well a limited amount of financial aid.

In this Christmas whodunit, ace detective Red Mistletoe is retained by the citizens of the North Pole to find Santa Claus, who has disappeared at the height of the season. If losing Santa wasn’t enough, the heretofore colorful citizens are losing their Christmas spirit and their holiday hues. As Christmas draws near, the elves, rather than carefree in color, are glum in gray; Doctor Green, no longer sporting green, is bitten by a reindeer; and Purple Gumdrop’s not purple anymore! And the costumed children, rehearsing for Mrs. Claus’ annual “Santa Send-off Celebration,” begin to look like they’re in an old black and white movie. It’s up to Detective Red Mistletoe, now in shades of gray, to get some answers in black and white. Could the three suspicious new arrivals, Bob Humbug, Fruitcake (Humbug’s sidekick) and Holly Wreath (Santa’s new red-headed secretary) know anything about Santa’s whereabouts? Do they really hail from the South Pole as they claim, or will their caper be uncovered by Red—helped by a now-repentant and soft-hearted Holly Wreath? Can Red save Santa in time to bring a colorful Christmas to the children of the world and even find a little romance along the way? Of course he can—Just in the Nick of Time! With easily accomplished costume changes, turning characters from colorful to colorless and back again, lots of parts for children and teens, a mystery to solve, a comedy with witty dialogue, plenty of holiday warmth—and Santa Claus to boot—this show is perfect holiday fare for kids and families.

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