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XACT_A Tuna Christmas logoTUNA CHRISTMAS
Xenia Area Community Theatre
Dec. 2-11

Directed by Russ Dern

“A Tuna Christmas” is the second in a series of comedic plays set in the fictional town of Tuna, the third-smallest town in Texas. Residents of Tuna are extremely busy preparing for Christmas. Many events are taking place around town, including the Christmas Yard Display Contest, the Tuna Little Theatre production of “A Christmas Carol”, and the radio station OKKK Christmas party and potluck. And with all that, the Christmas Phantom is expected to play a prank involving the yard displays, and the city secretary may cut off electricity to the theater.

  • Fri-Sat, Dec. 2-3 at 7pm
  • Sun, Dec. 4 at 3pm
  • Fri-Sat, Dec. 9-10 at 7pm
  • Sun, Dec. 11 at 3pm

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XACT_The Haunting of Hill House logoTHE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE
Xenia Area Community Theatre
Nov. 4-13

Cast: Mandy Shannon as Eleanor Vance, Brenda Bertrand as Mrs. Dudley, Olivia Ekler as Theodora, Jarrod Robbins as Dr. Montague, Carter Hume as Luke Sanderson, Connie Strait as Mrs. Montague & Ryan Kimmet  as Arthur Parker

The series follows a family of five and the paranormal experiences that haunt them at Hill House, and how these experiences caused them to flee the house. ” The Haunting of Hill House is a modern reimagining of Shirley Jackson’s legendary novel of the same name, about five siblings who grew up in the most famous haunted house in America.

  • Fri-Sat, Nov. 4-5 at 7pm
  • Sun, Nov. 6 at 3pm
  • Fri-Sat, Nov. 11-12 at 7pm
  • Sun, Nov. 13 at 3pm

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Auditions Announced for TUNA CHRISTMAS at Xenia Area Community Theatre

xactX*ACT Auditions: TUNA CHRISTMAS by Jaston Williams, Joe Sears and Ed Howard

Directed by Russ Dern

Location: X*ACT, 45 E. Second Street, Xenia, OH 45385

Audition schedule: October 3-4, 7:00-9:00 or by appointment.  Auditions are cold reads from the script, no preparation required.

Performances: December 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11

This comedy pokes fun at family relationships at Christmas time in small-town Tuna, Texas, circa 1980.  The roles are a reprise of Greater Tuna.

The roles are relatively small, so each actor will play two parts.  Scripts must be memorized, aside from scripted radio broadcasts, which may be read by four of the characters; most of the lines are conversation.  There is some swearing, but no F-bombs.  Although this was originally performed with two male actors playing all the parts, I am planning to use 5 women and 6 men.

Please email any questions to Russ Dern at sagefool@aol.com.

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Cast Announced for THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE at Xenia Area Community Theatre

xactXenia Area Community Theater is proud to announce the cast of THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE:

  • Eleanor Vance Mandy Shannon
  • Mrs. Dudley Brenda Bertrand
  • Theodora Olivia Ekler
  • Dr. Montague Jarrod Robbins
  • Luke Sanderson Carter Hume
  • Mrs. Montague Connie Strait
  • Arthur Parker Ryan Kimmet

Performances run Nov. 4-13.

For more information visit https://xeniaact1.org/

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Auditions Announced for THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE at Xenia Area Community Theatre

xactTuesday & Wednesday, September 6 & 7 at 7pm

Xenia Area Community Theater.

Performances November 4 – 13, 2022.

Auditions are cold readings. To get a read ahead copy (highly encouraged), please contact director Mike Taint mhtaint@gmail.com.

Please bring an acting bio and head shot if you have one. It is NOT required though.

An investigator of supernatural phenomena arrives at Hill House, a silent and nearly empty mansion with a dark history. Other guests and paranormal researchers arrive and they soon witness strange and eerie events. Questioning themselves, and with fears mounting, they try to learn about the evil presence in Hill House.

Actors should be able to play this age, not “be” this age. If you are in doubt – please audition!

  • Eleanor Vance | Late 20s to early 40s, a troubled woman, the lead character of the play. She hopes her visit to Hill House will help her break away from her controlling sister and enable her to start a new life. Once Eleanor arrives though, the house seems to focus its attentions on her.
  • Mrs. Dudley | 40+ the housekeeper and cook at Hill House. She is not interested in the ongoing investigations at Hill House. Her only concern is sticking to the letter of her agreement as caretaker of Hill House.
  • Theodora | Late 20s early 30’s, young bohemian who comes to Hill House at the invitation of Dr. Montague. Light-hearted and open-minded. She is believed to have a psychic sensitivity.
  • Dr. Montague | 40+s, an anthropologist with a belief in parapsychology. He has rented Hill House for the summer to further his studies away from the judgmental eyes of his colleagues. He is protective of the people he has invited to Hill House but is determined to learn its secrets.
  • Luke Sanderson | Early 20’s to 30s, a rakish young man who is a member of the family that owns Hill House. He is quick to make a joke and maintains a positive attitude throughout the events he encounters during the investigation.
  • Mrs. Montague | 40+, she has her own ideas about the paranormal presence at Hill House and little regard for her husband’s methods or companions. She only trusts her companion Arthur Parker and is determined to get to the bottom of the goings on at Hill House using her own methods. Somewhat of a a comic relief role.
  • Arthur Parker | 40+ Mrs. Montague’s traveling companion. He is a brash, imposing man who only listens to Mrs. Montague. He is the polar opposite of Dr. Montague.

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