Auditions: The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

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Wells Community Theater and Norwell High School Choir Department are partnering on a community-wide holiday production of The Best Christmas Pageant Ever! This show is open to the entire community. There are a variety of roles for both children and adults, and no previous theater experience is necessary.

There are two opportunities to audition:

Friday, October 12 from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Arts, Commerce & Visitors Centre | 211 Water Street, Bluffton, IN 46714

Monday, October 15 from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Norwell High School Auditorium | 1100 US-224, Ossian, IN 46777


Please come to auditions ready to sing a Christmas song of your choosing. If you have any questions about auditions, feel free to call Creative Arts at 260-824-5222.

Roles Available:

FATHER (Bob Bradley) - solid family man, 35-38
MOTHER (Grace Bradley) - determined, tries to bring the pageant together, 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 - small, wiry, fiesty, 7-8
ALICE WENDLEKEN - prim, proper, pain in the neck, 10-11
MRS. ARMSTRONG - 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

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! The show features plenty of great roles for children and adults, a few favorite Christmas carols, and a lot of laughs!

Performances will be December 7-8 at 7:30 p.m., and December 9 at 3:30 p.m.