College sets open auditions for ‘Santa’s Christmas Magic’

09.30.2016 | By Rob Vanya

The San Jacinto College theatre and film department will hold open public auditions for adults and 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.

The first auditions for ages 12 and older will be held Saturday, Oct. 8, and on Sunday, Oct. 9 at 6 p.m. on both dates. Auditions will be held at the Central Campus Powell Arena Theatre (Building 13), 8060 Spencer Hwy. in Pasadena. Thirty to 60 actors are needed, females and males, ages 12 to 83. Enrollment at San Jacinto College is not required, and acting experience is not necessary for those interested in auditioning.

Rehearsals will begin on Nov. 1 and will continue Monday through Friday from 6 to 10 p. m. until the first performance. The show opens Dec. 1 and will run until Dec. 11. Some roles will be double-cast. Auditions for children ages 4 and older will be held Nov. 16 and 17 at 6 p.m. on both dates.

“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.

“It’s a high-energy musical that includes acting, singing, a lot of dancing, and there are even chase scenes,” commented Dr. Jerry Ivins, Central Campus theatre and film department chair. “This will be our 20th year 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.”

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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 2017 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence Top 10 finalist and an Achieving the Dream Leader College, approximately 30,000 students each semester benefit from a support system that maps out a pathway for success. The College offers seven areas of study that prepare a diverse body of students to transfer to a four-year college or university 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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