Auditions for Yes Virginia, There is a Santa Claus

September 23 and 24 at 7:00PM 

Southwest Playhouse is excited to announce auditions for Yes Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus written by Andrew J. Fenady and directed by Ashby de la Plaine!

Inspired by a simple, poignant letter written over 100 years ago by 8-year-old Virginia O'Hanlon to the editor of the New York Sun—and by the timeless editorial response printed on the front page of the Sun. Virginia wondered and wrote: "Dear Editor, I am 8 years old. Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus. Papa says if you see it in the Sun, it's so. Please tell me the truth. Is there a Santa Claus?" Ed Mitchell, the Sun's editor, gives the assignment of answering Virginia's letter to Frank Church who, until his wife and baby died last Christmas Eve, was the Sun's best and most dependable reporter. Yes Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus is a play for young and old, magically reaffirming life's highest beauty and joy—"the eternal light with which childhood fills the world."

Auditions will be at the playhouse this Monday September 23rd & Tuesday September 24th @ 7p.m.

If you cannot make the audition on these dates and would like to be considered for a role, please contact the director: or send us a message on Facebook!

Scenes from the script will be available for cold reads. You may also present a monologue of your choice, in the spirit of family and faith.

Performance dates: November 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10, 2019


Edward P. Mitchell, male, 30-100 yrs-old Omniscient voice. Head of the New York Sun

Frank P. Church male, 30-50 yrs-old Newspaperman. Widower. Suffering.

Virginia O’Hanlon female, 7-10 yrs-old Full of hope. Innocent.

Andrea Borland female, 20-40 yrs-old Newspaperwoman. Bright. In control of her own destiny.

James O’Hanlon male, 20-40 yrs-old Tough and broke out-of-work. Loves his family.

Evie O’Hanlon female, 20-40 yrs-old Loving mother and wife. Forever understanding.

Dominic Donnelli male, 20-40 yrs-old James’ friend. Also out-of-work.

Maria Donnelli female, 7-12 yrs-old Virginia’s nice friend.

Julie female, 7-12 yrs-old Virginia’s not-so-nice friend.

Susan female, 7-12 yrs-old Virginia’s other not-so-nice friend.

Sean O’Hanlon male, 6-12 yrs-old Virginia’s brother.

Teddy Murray male, 18-30 yrs-old Young copyboy for the newspaper. Full of hope.

Mrs. Goldstein female, 40+ yrs-old Widower. Kind.

Newsboy male/female, 8-18 yrs-old Young worker.

Tom Pryor/Officer Akins male 20+ yrs-old Decent.

Ortho/Officer Flynn male, 18+ Bartender. Also decent.

Shannon/O’Hara male/female, 18+ All personalities.

Sam/Schuller male/female, 18+ All personalities.

Shorty/Art Fritz male/female, 18+ All personalities.


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