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Auditions (Edmonton): Die Harsh – Grindstone Theatre

Auditions (Edmonton): Die Harsh – Grindstone Theatre

Audition Notice: Casting for the roles of Holly Donairo and Hans Schmuber

Die Harsh: A Christmas Musical
Written by Byron Martin & Simon Abbott
Director: Byron Martin
Musical Director: Simon Abbott

Submission deadline: September 13, 2023
Auditions: September 17-19, 2023
First Read: November 12th, 2023
Rehearsals: November 19th – December 10th, 2023
Tech: December 11-13, 2023
Performances: December 14-23, 2023

Byron Martin and Simon Abbott are back at it again with their musical satire based on their favourite Christmas movie. Returning for the second year, this time even bigger and better! Sexy German criminal Alan Rickman-I-mean-Hans-Gruber leads an international gang of terrorists who seize an office tower during a Christmas party. John, a cop from New York, is trapped on the upper floors. He’ll need a Christmas miracle to save his power-dressing wife Holly and the other hostages. This Die-Hard-Christmas-Carol is about as stupid as it sounds with action packed comedy, tap dancing FBI agents and heartbreaking flashbacks of kids who are coughing too much.

Hans Schmuber: The Scrooge character, a sexy German criminal (Alan Rickman) leading an international gang of terrorists to seize an office tower during a Christmas party, but is interrupted by the visit of three Christmas ghosts.
Holly Donairo: The power-dressing wife of John McWayne, working at Origami Corporation when it is seized by terrorists.*

*Note all actors in the show play multiple characters

Grindstone Theatre is based in Edmonton, Alberta with its roots in improv and musical comedy. Since 2012 Grindstone has produced the award winning improvised musical The 11 O’clock Number and is the force behind such original musicals as Jason Kenney’s Hot Boy Summer The Musical, (Thunder)CATS: The Musical and DIE HARSH A Christmas Musical. Other past productions include, Urinetown The Musical, The Adventures of Chucky and Reggie, Here Lies Henry, The Complete Works of Shakespeare Abridged, HONK! The Ugly Duckling Musical, and Shakespeare’s Henry V.

Additional information:
To submit your interest, email your resume and headshot to Byron at Please write “Die Harsh Audition” in the subject line. In an effort to reduce paper consumption, we accept online submissions only.

We are not accepting video submissions at this time. Only actors selected for an audition will be contacted and given an appointment.

NOTE: All roles will include dancing and group movement. Improv and Sketch performers are encouraged to apply. The Grindstone Theatre is committed to inclusive casting. We encourage submissions from professional artists who self-identify as members of under-represented communities.

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