Saturday, September 30th – 2 PM
The Academy Playhouse
120 Main Street Orleans
Open to all ages – All roles are open!
Please prepare a short monologue (or be ready to talk about yourself a bit!)
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever will run from November 17th through December 30th.
Thursdays – Saturdays at 8; Sundays at 2 – No Performances 12/21, 12/22, 12/23, or 12/24
About the Show:
In this hilarious Christmas classic, a couple struggling to put on a church Christmas pageant is faced with casting the Herdman kids–probably the most inventively awful kids in history. You won’t believe the mayhem – and the fun – when the Herdmans collide with the Christmas story head on! This delightful comedy is adapted from the best-selling Young Adult book, and has become a holiday staple for groups across the United States! Features plenty of great roles for children and adults, a few favorite Christmas Carols, and a lot of laughs!
FATHER (Bob Bradley) – solid family man, 35-38
MOTHER (Grace Bradley) – trim, attractive, 35ish
BETH BRADLEY – the narrator, strong voice and presence, 10-11
CHARLIE BRADLEY – traditional kid brother, 8-9
RALPH HERDMAN – ragged, scroungy, slouching manner, touch of adolescent cool, 12-13
IMOGENE HERDMAN – loud, bossy, crafty, 11-12
LEROY HERDMAN – tough, sure of himself, 10-11
CLAUDE HERDMAN – tough, combative, 9-10
OLLIE HERDMAN – looking for trouble, Claude’s usual partner in crime, 8-9
GLADYS HERDMAN – smail, wiry, fiesty, 7-8
ALICE WENDLEKEN – prim, proper, pain in the neck, 10-11
MRS. ARMSTRONG – largish woman, managerial in voice and manner, 50ish
MRS. SLOCUM – pleasant, motherly woman, 35-60
MRS. CLARK – 35-60
MRS. CLAUSING – 35-60
MRS. MCCARTHY – a younger, less imperious version of Mrs. Armstrong, middle 40s
REVEREND HOPKINS – middle to late 40s
ELMER HOPKINS – 12-13
MAXINE – 10-11
HOBIE – 9-10
DAVID – 8-9
BEVERLY – 7-8
SHIRLEY – 5-6
JUANITA – 5-6
DORIS – 9-10
FIREMAN – 25-30
FIREMAN – 25-30
Tips for Auditioning at the Playhouse:
For straight plays & comedies: please bring a prepared monologue.
For a musicals: please prepare a monologue, a song with your sheet music,
and be ready to do some improv movement.
Dress comfortably – but not sloppy.
Be prepared to share a little bit about yourself with the Director:
Previous theater experiences, classes you have taken, interesting skills
(i.e. Do you juggle? Tumble? Write poetry? Have a 3rd eye? Do you like to build? Paint?)
Please be sure you have checked your calendar for conflicts
to be sure you can be at every rehearsal and performance.
If you have any conflicts that will prohibit you from being at rehearsals,
put them in writing to pass on to the Director.
It is important that if you are cast in a show you can fulfill the commitment!
But most importantly:
Remember this is about FUN and CREATIVITY!
This is a time to put your best foot forward and really strut your stuff!
Auditioning can be scary and we understand –
we have all been in your shoes more than once.
and as fun as it can be for you and/or your child.
We welcome everyone at the APA –
if this is your 60th show or your 1st we would love to meet you!