by: Barbara Robinson
Performance Dates: Dec, 1-3 & 7-10, 2017
Chapin Theatre Company announces auditions for Barabara Robinson's "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever," to be held Saturday, August 19 & Sunday, August 20 at 4 pm at the Firehouse Theatre (American Legion Post 193), 102 Lexington Ave, Chapin 29036. There are roles for 4 males, 6 females, 8 boys, 9 girls. Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. The Best Christmas Pageant Ever will be staged December 1-3 & 7-10. Actors who are cast should generally be available for rehearsals starting October 2. Rehearsals will be held in Chapin.
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!
The Herdmans are the worst kids in the history of the world. They lie, steal, smoke cigars, swear, and hit little kids. So no one is prepared when this outlaw family invades church one Sunday and decides to take over the annual Christmas pageant. None of the Herdmans has ever heard the Christmas story before.
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
MAXINE - 10-11
ELMER HOPKINS - 12-13
HOBIE - 9-10
DAVID - 8-9
BEVERLY - 7-8
FIREMAN - 25-30
FIREMAN - 25-30
SHIRLEY - 5-6
JUANITA - 5-6
DORIS - 9-10
REVEREND HOPKINS - middle to late 40s
Extra angel choir members, baby angels, shepherds
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