Auditions: Ken Ludwig's 'Twas the Night Before Christmas

Stageworks Theatre will accept video auditions through September 28 for Ken Ludwig’s ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, directed by Katie Cross. This show will be presented to young audiences on Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings throughout the holidays

Based on the holiday classic, takes you on the wild adventures of a mouse, an elf and a spunky little girl who just won’t take no for an answer. Don’t miss this joyful tribute to the holiday season! “A momentum and ebullience worthy of the Pixar era animate this world-premiere play… Such a playful spirit romps through ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, you might think the show itself was a product of Santa’s workshop.” – The Washington Post

Health & Safety

All actors, production team, volunteers and staff at Stageworks Theatre are expected to abide with our Pandemic Health & Safety Guidelines. These protocols include mandatory mask wearing inside the Stageworks facility, social distancing, daily self health checks, rigid hygiene and sanitizing standards, strictly enforced Stay Home and Return protocols and heavily scrutinized adherence to a rehearsal “bubble.”  We may also require a negative COVID test during the production as conditions change. Out of respect for the health of others, please do not audition if you are not ready to adhere to strict health and safety protocols. Note: We are seating a maximum of 50% of the total available capacity in our theatre. Our audience is social-distanced and also required to abide with many of these same strict guidelines within our control.

No in-person auditions are available. Video auditions are accepted through 6pm, September 28th.  All auditions open to the community and parts may be cast with actors of any ethnicity.  All actors are required to be at least 18 years old at the time of auditions. Roles may be cast without callbacks. If callbacks are required, these are conducted remotely through Zoom on 9/26-9/28.  Rehearsals and performances are held at Stageworks Theatre, 10760 Grant Road, Houston, Texas 77070.

Rehearsal Schedule
  • This show is a 60 minute show and we may not require all rehearsals, but ask you to submit conflicts against this schedule.

  • Estimated to begin on Tuesday, September 28, rehearsals are generally Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 7:00pm -10:00pm & Saturdays 1pm - 5pm.

  • Required pickup rehearsals are held every Thursday evening during the run of the show (except for Thanksgiving day).


Performance Schedule

To accommodate for small audiences (40-50 patrons), we will perform 16-18 shows:

  • Saturday, November 14, 11am

  • Sunday, November 15, 2pm

  • Saturday, November 21, 11am

  • Sunday, November 22, 12pm

  • Wednesday, November 25, 4pm

  • Friday, November 27, 4pm

  • Saturday, November 28, 11am

  • Sunday, November 29, 12pm

  • Wednesday, December 2, 7pm

  • Saturday, December 5, 11am

  • Sunday, December 6, 12pm

  • Wednesday, December 9, 7pm

  • Saturday, December 12, 11am

  • Sunday, December 13, 12pm

  • Wednesday, December 16, 7pm

  • Saturday, December 19, 11am

  • Sunday, December 20, 12pm


How to Audition
  • Complete our online audition form. You will need an acting resume, a headshot, an emergency contact, your conflict information as well as a link to your video audition.  Our rehearsal schedule will be created taking conflicts into consideration. 

  • Prepare any monologue up to 1.5 minutes in the style of the show (comedy for kids).

  • Record your monologue(s) on Youtube or any other platform (please provide passwords as required) and upload the link using the online audition form below. 

  • Complete an online audition form and upload your video. You will need an acting resume, a headshot, an emergency contact, your thorough conflict information as well as a link to your video audition. 

Final Casting

Watch our the Stageworks Theatre Open Auditions Facebook group for casting updates, and we will post the cast on the website by October 2nd. 


Available Roles and Director Character Notes

Ages are suggested by the script and director. The director will cast actors who can believably play the ages suggested. These are descriptions of characters that are played by two different actors. 


UNCLE BRIERLY (50s – 60s) A bit of a portly man with a hearty laugh and a charming smile. Brierly is the kind of man who is everyone’s uncle and is just the kind of man you want to be around at Christmas time. The actor playing Brierly will also play Sir Guy of Gisbourne.

SIR GUY OF GISBOURNE: An ex-elf who is too wicked for the North Pole to handle. “The fallen Angel”. He does some sword fighting. Will need to be able to hold a tune to sing a Christmas carol.

WENDELL SNEED: A whacky friend of Uncle Brierly’s. The ideal candidate will be able to experiment with different dialects.

MULCH (20s – 40s) The side-kick to Sir Guy of Gisbourne. He is clueless and dorky, which leads to a madcap adventure! The actor playing Mulch will also play Wendell Sneed and Santa Claus.