Return of the Christmas Kid

AUDITIONS: October 21 & 22, 2019 at 7:00 pm

PRODUCTION DATES: December 4-8, 2019

LOCATION: Joplin Little Theatre; 3008 W 1st St, Joplin, MO 64801

Book by Joe Lovitt



                        Return of the Christmas Kid

                        Copyright (C) 1996 by Joe Lovitt.  All rights reserved.

                        Print rights administered by Lillenas Publishing Co.

                        Produced by special arrangement with Lillenas Publishing Co.


All photos belong to James Boone and Just The Mix

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Please use the online audition form, available August 1, 2019

It will take you to a JotForm site.  You can fill this out on your smart phone, iPad or computer.


I like to think of Return of the Christmas Kid as Casablanca without the romance.  And without World War II.  And the corrupt police.  And Africa.  And Rick.  And Ilsa.  And Sam.  And in color.

OK, so Return of the Christmas Kid isn't like Casablanca at all.  I just like that movie.

Hmmm...Return of the Christmas Kid was first presented in December 1994 at Crystal Evangelical Free Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  That much I do know.

Let's see...It's not a western, even though the title would indicate otherwise.  It's a hybrid of A Christmas Carol, A Christmas Story, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, It's a Wonderful Life, A Charlie Brown Christmas, Raging Bull, Speed, Jailhouse Rock, Dr. Strangelove, My Mother, The Car, Planet of the Apes, and Francis, the Talking Mule.

Ok, so I threw It's a Wonderful Life in there to see if you were paying attention.

-Joe Lovitt


On AUDITION day, the doors will open at 6:30 pm for you to sign in at the registration table at JOPLIN LITTLE THEATRE.  You will be given a number and this will be the order you come in to perform a short monologue.  We will meet shortly at 7:00 pm to meet the staff and receive instructions.

We have decided to do cold readings for you to interact with each other on stage.  Please, be ready to project and give us great character. 

These are closed auditions, meaning, only auditioners, the Return of the Christmas Kid Production Team, Directing Board and JLT Board members are the only people allowed in the audition rooms.


October 21, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - Auditions 1st Night

October 22, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - Auditions 2nd Night

October 23, 2019 - Cast List Posted @ and

October 24, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - First Full Cast Meeting/Full Read Through


November 15, 2019 - Costume Parade & Photo Shoot

November 15, 2019 - Entire production memorized

November 18-December 3, 2019 - Tech Weeks (Be prepared for late nights)

November 25, 2019 - Kids Ensemble Begins

November 27-30, 2019 - Theatre is dark for Thanksgiving

December 2-3, 2019 - Final Dress Rehearsals

December 1, 2019 - Last Minute Day

December 4-7, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - Return of the Christmas Kid Performances

December 8, 2019 @ 2:30 pm - Return of the Christmas Kid Performance

December 8, 2019 - After the Production - STRIKE

Calvin: a toy store owner, mid 30's to late 40's
Angela: an angel with an attitude
Eddie: bus driver
Myra: assistant manager of toy store, mid 30's to late 40's
Michael: Calvin's son, mid teens to late teens
Jessica: Calvin's wife, mid 30's to late 40's
Douglas: Calvin's father, early to mid 30's
Evelyn: Calvin's mother, early to mid 30's
Customer 1: an upset shopper
Customer 2: shopper in a panic
Mrs. Cole: fifth grade teacher
Geena: fifth grade girl; Calvin's first crush
Ben: fifth grade boy;  Ben's shadow
Children: (20 or so) fifth grade class
Shelly: stage manager for Myra's Christmas program
Dan: Myra's son; a "tech head"
Diana: Myra's daughter, an unwilling shepherd
Joan: mousy prop mistress for Myra's program
Gary: a fly in the ointment of Myra's program
Chuck: peacekeeper in Myra's program
Wally: wishy-washy Joseph in Myra's program
Laura: temperamental actress
Pastor Dale: benevolent but clueless pastor

All videos, photos & information are Copyrighted (2007) by James Boone, Just The Mix and "Shekinah Productions Community Theater."

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