by Martha Bolton
Directed by Becky Patton
Produced by Mary Ayala-Bush

Audition Dates & Times
Saturday, September 30, 2017, 2-4 pm
Sunday, October 1, 2017, 7-9 pm
Callbacks by invitation only, if needed
Auditions will be held at Sleepy Hollow UMC, Room 104

Audition, Rehearsal & Performance Location
Sleepy Hollow United Methodist Church
3435 Sleepy Hollow Road, Falls Church, VA 22044
SHUMC is located approximately 1.7 miles from the intersection of Sleepy Hollow Road and Leesburg Pike (Route 7)
in the Seven Corners area and about 0.6 mile from the intersection of Sleepy Hollow Road and Columbia Pike (Route 244)

Performance Dates
Friday, December 1 and Saturday, December 2 at 8:00pm
Sunday, December 3 at 3:00 pm


Play Summary
Port City Playhouse seeks actors for its upcoming Christmas benefit production, Tangled in Tinsel by Martha Bolton. Tangled in Tinsel is a collection of short sketches that represent the "fun" side of Christmas -- from the mall parking lot to the Sunday School pageant and the annual gift exchange. This production uses an ensemble who will play multiple roles and traditional Christmas carols will be sung.

Audition Information
Auditions will consist of readings from the script and singing a prepared Christmas carol. Sides will be available at the audition table (not in advance). Rehearsals will begin in early October; a final schedule will be developed once the show is cast and actors’ conflicts have been accounted for. Please be ready to provide an accurate list of all tentative and known conflicts between October 2 and December 3.  It is extremely important that you be absolutely honest about your conflicts (tentative and known) as it is very difficult to schedule rehearsals for a large cast unless all conflicts are known in advance. A conflict will not necessarily preclude you from being cast, as the director will work around actors' conflicts to the best of her ability.

Role Summary
Casting 4 men (ages 20s-50s+), 4 women (20s to 40s+), 1 teen boy and 1 teen girl (ages 13-17), 1 boy and 1 girl (ages 8-10). All ethnicities are encouraged to attend.

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WANTED:  Directors for Our 2018 Season - You Pick the Shows!
-Deadline October 1-

Port City’s 2018 Season—our 40th year—will be Director’s Choice. As a candidate director, you may submit up to 3 shows you would like to direct, following the guidelines below. The deadline for submissions is Sunday, October 1, 2017.

Director's Choice Guidelines:
  • We are planning to produce a 4-show season, and are hoping that at least two of these shows will be comedies.
  • As of now, all shows will be produced in our new performance space at Sleepy Hollow United Methodist Church in Falls Church. It is a black box performance space and we can accommodate in-the-round performance concepts.
  • Our 2018 production schedule will be as follows (specific dates subject to negotiation with Port City and Sleepy Hollow UMC). These are the general time frames for each show:
    • Show 1: February/March
    • Show 2: April/May
    • Show 3: July/August
    • Show 4: September/October
  • We’re looking for shows that have not been performed in area community theaters within the past 5 years (including the currently announced seasons) or at Port City within the past 10 years (see the “Shows” page on this website for a listing of our previous seasons).
  • We cannot do a large-scale musical. Musical choices need to be smaller cast, limited orchestra, limited set/costume changes. We are also not looking to do a cabaret this season.
  • No full-frontal nudity.

All director submissions must include the following: 

1). A "Letter of Interest" stating your desire to direct at Port City Playhouse, the show or shows you would like us to consider for the 2018 season and a basic concept for each stated show. Your concept for each show should include:
    a) Your overall vision for the show
    b) Technical aspects such as set, sound, lights, props, and special effects
    c) Special considerations, such as the ability to bring aboard a production team

2). A current resume that includes all productions directed, including location and year. Relevant theatre experience may be included as well as additional support materials and current contact information (phone and email address mandatory).

3). Any possible schedule conflicts with the very general production schedule that we have listed above (for example, if you know you will be away for an extended time during the year).  Note that, in general, our productions audition approximately 8 weeks prior to tech week and that the run for each show in the season will be over 3 consecutive weekends. 

4). A list of 3-5 references familiar with the your past work. This list must include each reference's name, address, telephone number and email address.

5). A signed copy of the Port City Playhouse Policies for Directors.  Download the Port City Playhouse Policies for Directors HERE.

6). Email submissions to, with the subject line, “Director's Choice Submittal 2018”. The submittal package must be in either MS Word or PDF format.  Any questions concerning the process should also be directed to, with the subject line, “Director Submittal Inquiry”. 


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Port City Playhouse welcomes skilled production team volunteers as well as those who are looking to learn something new. Contact us at about getting involved with the theatre or a specific production.

We are currently seeking Crew members for the remainder of our 2017 season (Hamlet and Tangled in Tinsel).  Please contact us at if you are interested in being part of the team!