La Crosse Community Theatre will hold auditions for “A Christmas Story” starting at 7 p.m. on Oct. 23 and 24, at the Weber Center for the Performing Arts, 428 S. Front St.

In “A Christmas Story,” an adult Ralph Parker recounts the Christmas he celebrated as a 9-year-old living with his parents and younger brother in northern Indiana. This particular Christmas was special: his contest-obsessed father won a prize and the never-ending battle with the house furnace. Ralphie faced challenges of his own: clashing with bullies and discovering a new relationship with soap. But most memorable was what he wanted more than anything for Christmas: an official Red Ryder carbine action 200-shot range model air rifle — a BB gun.

Auditions are open for ages 8 and up. There are roles available for men, women, and children. Auditionees do not need to prepare anything. First-time auditionees are welcome. Auditionees do not need to attend both nights of auditions.

“A Christmas Story” will be directed by guest artist, Phil Addis, who is semi-retired, working part time at WKBT News 8 as floor crew. He has worked in more than 50 shows at LCT since 1973. Most recently, he was in “Twelve Angry Men,” “Wit” and “Billy Elliot.” He is the recipient of five Dionysus awards. Stage credits include several area theaters as well.

Performances will run Dec 7-17 on Thursdays through Sundays. Rehearsals are tentatively scheduled weekday evenings beginning Oct. 30, at the Weber Center. For more information, or to sign up for an audition, call 608-784-9292.

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Randy Erickson, formerly the editor of the Onalaska Holmen Courier-Life and Coulee News, covers arts and entertainment and county government for the La Crosse Tribune. Contact him at 608-791-8219 or randy.erickson@lee.net.

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