The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson
Directed by Megan McNellage

AUDITION DATES

Tue, August 13, and Wed, August 14, 6:00pm-8:30pm at Damascus United Methodist Church (Youth Chapel), 9600 Main Street, Damascus,

AND

Sat, August 17, 1:00-4:00pm at Damascus Library, 9701 Main Street, Damascus.

Callbacks (if needed): Sun August 18 (Location and Time TBD)
You will be notified if you need to attend Callbacks.

TENTATIVE PERFORMANCE DATES

December 6, 7 and 8, 2019 in Damascus (Location TBD)

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS
We are casting children (ages 8 and up), teens, and adults. We ask that you prepare a Christmas carol to sing a cappella and bring a current photo. You will also be asked to read from the script.

TO SCHEDULE AN AUDITION
Please email dtcauditions@gmail.com with your name, age, phone number, and the day and time which you’d like to audition. You won’t hear back from us unless there is a problem. Walk-ins are also welcome!

 

GENERAL REHEARSAL INFORMATION

Rehearsals will begin in September and will be held in Damascus.

PLOT SUMMARY

Adapted from the book by Barbara Robinson, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever is a hilarious and heartwarming demonstration of how even one of the most classic, well-known stories can be improved and reconsidered when seen through a new lens. The Herdmans are the worst kids in the history of the world—so when they crash Sunday school and demand parts in the Christmas pageant, the whole town panics. There’s not supposed to be biting or cigar-smoking in Bethlehem, and while these kids have never even heard the Christmas story, they definitely have rewrites! Soon everyone is calling for reluctant director Grace Bradley to cancel the whole thing. It’s up to Bradley and the Reverend to help their community see the Christmas story and the Herdman kids through new eyes in this buoyant musical adaptation of the funny and touching holiday classic.

CHARACTER DESCRIPTIONS

Beth Bradley, Narrator, age 10 or 11, sweet, strong voice and presence.
Charlie Bradley, age 8 or 9, Beth’s traditional brother.
Bob Bradley, Father, age 30-40, supportive of his wife, has a wry humor.

Reverend Hopkins, age 18+.

Grace Bradley, Mother, age 30-40, full of grace and determination.

Alice Wendleken, age 10 or 11, prim, proper, pain in the neck.

Elmer Hopkins, age 12 or 13, the Reverend’s son.

Hobie, age 9 or 10, Charlie’s friend.

Maxine, age 10 or 11, narrates the pageant.

David, age 8 or 9.

Shirley, age 6 or 7.

Ralph Herdman, age 12 or 13, ragged, slouching manner, touch of adolescent.
Imogene Herdman, age 11 or 12, bossy, crafty, cries on stage.
Leroy Herdman, age 10 or 11, tough, sure of himself.
Claude Herdman age 9 or 10, tough, combative.
Ollie Herdman age 8 or 9, looking for trouble, Claude’s usual partner in crime.
Gladys Herdman, age 7 or 8, feisty, loud and dramatic.

 

Others will be cast as shepherds, angels, and angel choir members. Total cast will be between 30-35 people.