College sets auditions for child actors in annual Christmas play

11.28.2017 | By Melissa Trevizo

PASADENA, Texas — The San Jacinto College theatre and film department will hold open public auditions for children to be cast in the annual holiday production “Santa’s Christmas Magic: The Musical.”

The production is a holiday tradition for many families, both for the viewing audiences, and for community families in the production itself.  For years, children have been returning to appear in the fast-paced holiday favorite.

“It’s a high-energy musical that includes acting, singing, a lot of dancing, and there are even chase scenes,” said Dr. Jerry Ivins, Central Campus theatre and film department chair. “This will be our 22ndyear to present a Christmas show, which has developed into a holiday tradition for the community. Nearly every performance has sold out since we introduced the production.”

Auditions for children ages 4 and older will be held Nov. 29 and 30 at 6 p.m. on both dates, there are 70 roles to fill. Auditions will be held at the Central Campus Powell Arena Theatre (Building 13), 8060 Spencer Hwy. in Pasadena.

The show opens Thursday, Dec. 7 and will run until Sunday, Dec. 17. 

“Santa’s Christmas Magic: The Musical” is a fantasy about a sinister plot to steal Santa’s magic. Highlights of the show include toys that come alive and dance and sing, and singing children elves. Children in the audience can visit Santa Claus at intermission.

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About San Jacinto College

Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, since 1961. As a fiscally sound institution, the College currently holds bond ratings of AA and Aa2 by Standard & Poor’s and Moody’s, respectively. San Jacinto College is a 2017 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence Rising Star Award recipient and an Achieving the Dream Leader College. Approximately 45,000 credit and non-credit students each year benefit from a support system that maps out a pathway for success. The College offers eight areas of study that prepare a diverse body of students to transfer to four-year colleges or universities or enter the workforce with the skills needed to support the growing industries along the Texas Gulf Coast. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $690 million each year to the Texas workforce.

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