LAKE?PLACID?- The Lake Placid Center for the Arts is seeking an actor to perform in an upcoming production of "The Santaland Diaries" by David Sedaris and adapted by Joe Mantello.
Organizers are seeking a male actor between the ages of 25 and 40 to perform the one-man comedy.
James Lemons is directing the production. Performances will take place on Dec. 12, 13, 14, 19, 20 and 21 at 7:30 p.m. at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts.
Auditions will be arranged by appointment between Oct. 28 and Nov. 1 at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts.
Appointments can be made by calling 518-523-2512 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Applicants must prepare a two- minute contemporary comic monologue, and should be prepared to present additional material at the request of the director.
"The Santaland Diaries" is a brilliant evocation of what a slacker's Christmas must feel like. Out of work, our slacker decides to become a Macy's elf during the holiday crunch. At first the job is simply humiliating, but once the thousands of visitors start pouring through Santa's workshop, he becomes battle weary and bitter. Taking consolation in the fact that some of the other elves were television extras on One Life to Live, he grins and bears it, occasionally taking out his frustrations on the children and parents alike.
The piece ends with yet another Santa being ushered into the workshop, but this one is different from the lecherous or drunken ones with whom he has had to work. This Santa actually seems to care about and love the children who come to see him, startling our hero into an uncharacteristic moment of goodwill just before his employment runs out.