Announcing Auditions For The Best Christmas Pageant Ever: The Musical

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 from the terrified pint-sized shepherds to the furious church ladies are 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. Silent night? Not a chance. But sometimes a little joyful noise is just right for Christmas.

Audition Requirements

Audition Dates:
Saturday, October 7, 2017 at 11:00 A.M.
Sunday, October 8, 2017 at 6:00 P.M.

Callbacks (if needed):
Monday, October 9, 2017 at 6:00 P.M.

Please be prepared to:
– Sing 20-32 bars of a song of your choice.
You must sing with our provided accompaniment, a CD with NO vocals, or with a device you provide.  NO a cappella auditions will be allowed.
– You may be asked to sing scales by our accompanist.
– Complete a dance audition, taught by the show choreographer (dress appropriately)
– Be prepared to read provided selections from the script
– Be prepared to fill out a conflict sheet at auditions (be as specific as possible about conflicts throughout the rehearsal period)

*Additional audition times may be scheduled ONLY if you are unable to attend the scheduled auditions. Please contact Keystone Theatrics Staff at, to schedule an audition at least two weeks in advance if this is the case.*

Rehearsals will begin in October 2017.  Tech week will be from Saturday, November 25 through Thursday, November 30, 2017.  No absences will be accepted during tech week or performances.

Friday, December 1, 2017 at 7:30 P.M.
Saturday, December 2, 2017 at 2:00 P.M.
Saturday, December 2, 2017 at 7:30 P.M.
Sunday, December 3, 2017 at 2:00 P.M.
Friday, December 8, 2017 at 7:30 P.M.
Saturday, December 9, 2017 at 2:00 P.M.
Saturday, December 9, 2017 at 7:30 P.M.
Sunday, December 10, 2017 at 2:00 P.M.
Friday, December 15, 2017 at 7:30 P.M.
Saturday, December 16, 2017 at 2:00 P.M.
Saturday, December 16, 2017 at 7:30 P.M.
Sunday, December 17, 2017 at 2:00 P.M.

​Please make sure you can fully commit to the rehearsal period and performance schedule before auditioning.  You must be willing to make this show a priority.

Performers Needed

Performers Needed
Performers ages 7 and up are welcome to audition.  Experienced or first time performers who enjoy acting, singing, and dancing are invited to audition.

Roles Available
(Playing ages listed)

The Herdman Kids
RALPH – the oldest and the coolest.  He’s the enforcer, 13
IMOGENE – leader of the Herdmans.  She’s loud, bossy, and crafty, 12.
LEROY – Ralph’s backup.  Very confident in the muscle department, 11.
CLAUDE – scrappy and smart, 10.
OLLIE – a bit of a naive urchin who follows the older boys’ lead, 9.
GLADYS – little but fierce.  Nothing scares Gladys, 8.

The Bradleys
GRACE – sweet, good-humored, slightly frazzled mom, 35-40ish.
BOB – easygoing dad, wry sense of humor, 35-40ish.
CHARLIE – typical kid brother, says what he thinks, 10.
BETH – Charlie’s older and wiser sister. She’s honest and kind, 11.

Church People
HELEN ARMSTRONG – organized steamroller. She’s always in charge, 40-50ish.
REVEREND HOPKINS – occasionally befuddled, always well-meaning, 40-50ish.

Church Ladies
LUANNE – sassy, tells it like it is, 35-40ish
BETTY – sweet southerner, calls everyone “honey,” 30-40ish.
CONNIE – direct, no-nonsense type, 30-40ish

ALICE WENDLEKEN – know-it-all. She thinks she’s perfect, 11.
ELMER HOPKINS – preacher’s kid, which means he needs to behave and be nice, 10.
TEDDY SHOEMAKER – wimpy kid with glasses, asks too many questions, 9.
IVY REED – Beth’s earnest friend who is sometimes a goody-goody, 11.

Various kids to play angels and shepherds in the pageant and possibly other kids in lunchroom.