Inspecting Carol

Directed by Shawna Ramos

November 20 to December 13, 2015

Written by: Daniel Sullivan

A man who asks to audition at a small theatre is mistaken for an informer for the National Endowment for the Arts. Everyone caters to the bewildered wannabe actor and he is given a role in the current production, A Christmas Carol. Everything goes wrong and hilarity is piled upon hilarity.

Performances: November 20 to December 13, 2015
Fridays – 11/20, 11/27, 12/4, 12/11 at 8PM
Saturdays – 11/21, 11/28, 12/5, 12/12 at 8PM
Sundays – 11/22, 11/29, 12/6, 12/13 at 2PM


Round 1:
-Saturday, March 28
, 2015, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Sunday, March 29, 2015, 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Round 2:
Saturday, August 22, 2015, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
-Sunday, August 23, 2015, 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm


Monday, August 24, 2015, 7:00 pm (by invite only)

Audition Requirements

  • Monologue/Cold Readings: Please prepare a minute to a minute and a half monologue, preferably comedic. Sides may be provided for cold readings.
  • Resume: List of past shows and theater training. Nice to have, not required.
  • Calendar: List of potential conflicts. Availability will affect casting decisions – rehearsal attendance is very important!
  • Headshot: Nice to have, but not required. We will take a digital photo of you when you audition.
  • If you would like to audition but are unable to attend the auditions, please contact the email address below prior to the audition date to schedule an alternative audition appointment.

Cast of Characters

Zorah Bloch – Founding director of The Soapbox Playhouse. Extremely self-involved. 40s/50s.

Sidney Carlton – A founding member of The Soapbox Playhouse. Kind devoted to Dorothy as much as he is his craft.

Dorothy Tree Hapgood – Sidney’s wife. English and unable to lose her accent. Also a founding member. 60s. Always in the “know”

Larry Vauxhall – Intellectually vain. Constantly agitating to alter the Soapbox’s Carol so it is more socially relevant. A founding member. 40s/50s.

Phil Hewlitt – Obsessive, usually plays the intellectual character in any Soapbox production. Also a founding member. 40s/50s.

Walter E. Parsons – Retired military adjusting to life in the theater.  Little experience but has great enthusiasm.  Originally written for an African American in his 30/40’s but all actors of Age, Ethnicity and Gender are encouraged to read for this role.

Luther Beatty – 11-year-old. Really too old to be playing Tiny Tim, Extremely friendly. Could be played by youthful looking actor in late teens. The Role of Luther Beatty does NOT have to be an 11 year old but does have to play close to that of a child.

Kevin Emory – Nervous, in the impossible position of managing director. Afraid of Zorah. 30s-50s.

M.J. (Mary Jane) McMann – Stage manager. Bemused observer of all she sees. Sharp, ironic sense of humor; cracks herself up. Also a founding member. 30s-50s.

Betty Andrews – An inpector fot the National Endowment for the Arts. A forbidding appearance. 40s/50s.

Bart Frances – A pleasant youth. Dresses in motorcycle jacket and torn jeans. 20s/early30s. Small speaking role but a lot of on stage and physical time.

Wayne Wallace – In search of a new career in acting but has no training and less talent. Affable, eager to please. Mid20s/30s.

Please Note: These are the playwright’s descriptions of the characters. They are being listed just as the playwright lists them – BUT – This DOES NOT mean each character could only be cast exactly as they are described here. These descriptions give a general idea of what the characters are like. The age of a character can often vary depending on age of the actors cast in opposing roles. And, as always, hair, makeup, costume and mannerism (ie., acting) can often allow a younger actor to play an older role. Come to auditions and let the director decide.


Most rehearsals will be Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings, with occasional Saturday or Sunday rehearsals as needed, especially as we near Tech Week. Rehearsals will begin the end of September/beginning of October 2015.

The Tech Week and Dress Rehearsal Period will begin on Sunday, November 22, 2015. Attendance is mandatory for all actors/crew during that week.


Performances: November 20 to December 13, 2015
Thursdays – 11/19, 11/26, 12/10 at 8PM
Fridays – 11/20, 11/27, 12/4, 12/11 at 8PM
Saturdays – 11/21, 11/28, 12/5, 12/12 at 8PM
Saturdays – 12/12 at 2PM
Sundays – 11/22, 11/29, 12/6, 12/13 at 2PM

Additional Information

Pay? No
Equity? No

Email for more information.