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by Nicole May

This is a comedy (with a touch of drama) revolving around three generations of women in a Wisconsin family as they gather over the years for the holidays – particularly Thanksgiving. Auditions will consist of a cold reading of selected scenes.

Wednesday, Sept. 7, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 10, 3 p.m.
Callbacks TBD
Location: Walkowski Photography, 312 Washington St., Wausau, WI 54403


GRANDMA – The Grandmother & matriarch of the family. She is opinionated, old & set in her ways. But everything she does is ultimately out of love. Speaks with a hint of a Wisconsin-Scandinavian accent. (Think Betty White as Rose in Golden Girls – it is NOT a Fargo or Canadian accent.)

AUNT EDNA – 40s-60s. One of the “Aunts.” She is extremely OCD & a Martha Stewart wannabe. A little naïve sometimes. Her daughter is perfect & can do no wrong.

AUNT GINNY (VIRGINIA) – 40s-60s. Another one of the “Aunts” & Holly’s mother. She is loving & the nicest of the aunts … except for her occasional tendencies to be a bit of a know it all.

MIMMEE/AUNT DOTTIE – (pronounced “mih-mee”) 40s-50s. Youngest of the “Aunts,” Mother of three daughters, including Kristen. She is extremely generous & loving but sometimes overbearingly so.

KRISTEN/KRIS/KRISSY – 20s-30s. Daughter/Granddaughter/Niece/Sister. She sees many life

changes during the course of the play. She is strong but sensitive & believes in carrying on family traditions. She often feels out-shadowed by her cousins.

HOLLY – 30s. One of the many cousins & Aunt Ginny’s daughter. The life of the party. Larger than life in more ways than one. Fabulous sense of humour. Acts as a big sister to Kristen.

ALEX – 20s. Mimmee’s youngest daughter & Kristen’s sister. Has a dark, deadpan sense of humour. Skinny, petite & beautiful.


November 4 & 5
@ Willow Springs Garden


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