Audition Announcements

The Grand Marais Playhouse will hold auditions for Mom’s Gift by Minnesota born Playwright Phil Olson on Monday, May 7th at 7 PM at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts.

Mom’s gift

In this comedy with a heart, Mom has been dead for 11 months and shows up at her husband’s birthday party as a ghost with a mission. Like Clarence in It’s A Wonderful Life, she has to accomplish a task to earn her wings. Only what the task actually is, is a mystery. There are so many things to fix.

The problem is complicated by the fact that the only person who can hear or see Mom is her daughter who has been ordered by the court to spend Dad’s birthday with him as part of her Anger Management Program. One by one the family's secrets are peeled away revealing a shocking truth that surprises even our ghost.


WINNER! - McLaren Memorial Comedy Playwriting Competition
WINNER! - Best Stage Play, World Series of Screenwriting Competition
WINNER! - TRU New Voices Play Festival  
WINNER! - Northern Writes Playwright Festival


2m, 4f

KAT - 30. The older sister. Plain, extremely smart. Acerbic, but vulnerable and sympathetic. More playfully sarcastic than mean spirited. Especially with Mom.
MOM - 60. Good sense of humor. Deeply caring. A cynical Vikings fan.
DAD - 60. A doctor. Nice guy. Reserved. Holds cards close to the vest.
BRITTNEY - 22. The younger sister. Pretty. A Hooters Girl. Peppy, ditzy, sincere, genuine, not sarcastic.
TRISH - 45. Pretty. A nurse. Kind.
KEVIN - 30. Neighbor growing up. Good looking, successful business person, jock in high school.
MRS. NORQUIST (Voiceover) - 70's. Neighbor. A little loopy. We never see her.