The Cricket on the Hearth

By Bruce G. Bradley

Directed by Bruce G. Bradley

An adaptation of Charles Dickens' Christmas story.

Produced by River Valley Players at Gard Theater, 111 E. Jefferson St., Spring Green

Performances: December 7-10, 2017

Performance Times:
Thurs., Dec. 7 @ 7:30pm; Fri., Dec. 8 @ 7:30pm; Sat., Dec. 9 @ 7:30pm; Sun., Dec. 10 @ 2pm.

Ticket Prices: $15/adult $12/child

Call 608-588-6295 for reservations or more information.

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Auditions will be held on the following days:


Auditions will take place at the Spring Green Public Library community room on:
       Saturday, Oct. 7th from 4:30pm to 6:30pm
       Sunday, October 8th from 1pm to 4pm
       Monday, October 9th from 6pm to 8pm
You will be asked to read from the script and possibly do a short, improvised scene.
A copy of the script is available for perusal beforehand.
Performances will be at the Gard Theatre, Spring Green on Thurs., Dec. 7 @ 7:30pm; Fri., Dec. 8 @ 7:30pm; Sat., Dec. 9 @ 7:30pm; Sun., Dec. 10 @ 2pm.

Rehearsals will begin on Sun., Oct. 15, and will typically run from 6:30pm to 8:30pm, Sunday through Thursday, until we get to the last two weeks before the show. (An exact schedule is still being formulated.) There will be NO rehearsals the week of Thanksgiving. All rehearsals will be held in Spring Green. Not all actors will be called for every rehearsal.

The cast requirements are listed below. There is some flexibility on age range, so you are encouraged to audition, even if you think you’re not an exact fit for a character:

John Peerybingle (late 30s/mid 40s) a laborer - burly, plain-spoken, warmhearted, honest to a fault

Dot Peerybingle (mid 20s/early 30s) John's wife - sweet but determined, devoted to home and family, sincere

Caleb Plummer (late 40s/early 60s) a toymaker - poverty-stricken, a loving father with a shameful secret

Bertha Plummer (20s) Caleb's blind daughter - instinctive, perceptive, but charmingly naive

Edward Plummer (20s/early 30s) Caleb's son - a sailor, believed lost at sea, spends much of the play disguised as an old man

Tackleton (40s-60s) Caleb's employer - a Scrooge-like character, stern, ill-natured, sarcastic

May Fielding (20s/30s) Dot's best friend - Edward's sweetheart before he went to sea, loving, loyal, vulnerable

Mrs. Fielding (late 40s/late 50s) May's widowed mother - garrulous, flighty, poor but extravagant

Tilly Slowboy (any age) the Peerybingle's nursemaid - slow-witted, emotional, comical, devoted to the Peerybingle's baby

For further information, or to schedule an audition time, please contact the director at cymraeg52(AT)