Auditions/オーディション! The Gift of the Magi



The classic story of gift-giving and personal sacrifice by O. Henry has been adapted for stage and given a romantic and comical spin by playwright Jon Jory.

The story centers on the young but poor couple of Della and Jim. Their love for each other is unquestionable and their only desire is to see to the other’s happiness. Christmas is approaching and neither have the money to buy a proper gift. Unbeknownst to each other, Della and Jim both make great personal sacrifices in order to procure the money needed. A special and memorable lesson is learned by all when they realize that the gift of love is more valuable than anything money can buy.


Actors, singers, musicians, dancers and crew. Experienced theater performers and newcomers are both welcomed.

Roles include:

  • DELLA: JIM’s wife, Lead Female Role
  • JIM: DELLA’s husband, Lead Male Role
  • DOT: DELLA’s rich sister, Supporting Female Role
  • CLARICE: DELLA’s hardluck friend, Supporting Female Role
  • ART: JIM’s Co-worker, Supporting Male Role
  • DIGSBY: JIM’s Co-worker, Supporting Male Role
  • SADIE: Singer at EMPORIUM, Female Vocalist & Dancer
  • SHOE SHOPKEEPER: Owner of SHOE SHOP, Supporting Role
  • WATCH SHOPKEEPER: Owner of WATCH SHOP, Supporting Role
  • MADAME VODSKAYA: Owner of WIG SHOP, Supporting Female Role
  • *CAROLERS/NARRATORS: Chorus groups and solo performances used mainly during Transitions. Will also double as PUB PATRONS and SHOPPERS. Supporting Roles.
  • *CAROLERS/NARRATORS can also double as any of the Supporting Roles listed.


    Auditions will be held at Uchiyama Community Center:
    Saturday, April 20, 10:30-20:00
    Sunday, April 21, 10:30-20:00

    1 Chome-4-15 Uchiyama, Chikusa-ku, Nagoya-shi, Aichi-ken 464-0075

    Actors will be asked to perform a short scene from the play. Audition materials will be provided beforehand.

    This is an Open Call. We are looking for performers of all levels. Beginners are welcomed. Our shows are designed to give opportunities to first-timers. Training and skill development is offered throughout the course of the production.

    Space is limited so please RSVP by filling out the form below. Scheduling will be done on a first-come, first-served basis. We will also be taking sign-ups for cast, crew and volunteers.


      Your Name (required/必須)

      Your Email (required/必須)

      Requested Date & Time/ご希望の日時 (required/必須)



      The Gift of the Magi will be performed Dec. 7-8 2019 at Higashi Playhouse. The show will be approximately 60 minutes in length. Three performances per day. Tech and Dress Rehearsal is Dec. 6th. Performers will also need to be available on this date.


      Rehearsals will be scheduled from June-Dec 2019, primarily on weekends. Sundays are preferred. Rehearsals occur weekly and attendance is required. We typically rehearse from 3-5 hours per session. If you’d like to take a role in the show, please make sure your weekends are flexible from June-Dec.

      A detailed rehearsal schedule will be available at Auditions.


      Since 1975 Nagoya Players has staged over 80 productions that have ranged from the scale and grandeur of Shakespeare, inspiring musicals, locally written dramas to even intimate black box productions. Nagoya Players appreciates the craft of theater in all of its forms, and is dedicated to bringing English and bilingual theater to the center of Japan through the passion and efforts of its international members.

      We are a learning theater, so no experience is necessary to join us. We encourage the mentoring of new and undiscovered talent. We are a not-for-profit group and so all positions on our shows are performed on a voluntary basis.

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