The Playhouse at McConnellstown to Hold Auditions for “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever”
The Playhouse will hold auditions for “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” on September 26th from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. for children and teens ages 8-17 and from 7:30 to 8:30 for adults age 18 and up in its building located at 11680 Raystown Road, Huntingdon, PA in the village of McConnellstown. The show performance dates are November 17th, 18th, 24th, 25th and December 1st and 2nd at 7:30 p.m. and November 19th, 26th, and December 3rd at 2:00 p.m. Please bring your calendar with all conflicts between September 26th and December 3rd. Scripts are available for perusal upon request and all scripts must be returned to The Playhouse before auditions on September 26th.
All actors will be required to attend all scheduled rehearsals during the final week before the show opens. Rehearsals are usually 3 evenings each week. However, due to the cast requirements of this show, Saturday and/or Sunday rehearsals for children, teens, and adults will be likely. All rehearsal dates and times are at the discretion of the production’s director. Work days are held on Saturday mornings. For more information, please contact The Playhouse at 814-627-0311. You may also find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @LittleTheater.
Beth Bradley’s church’s Christmas pageant is predictable every year — the angel choir wears too much lipstick, the shepherds are all in their father’s bathrobes, and the minister’s son is permanently cast in the role of Joseph — hardly “four-star entertainment.” But when seasoned and authoritative pageant director Mrs. Armstrong breaks her leg, it is up to Beth’s inexperienced mother Grace to step in.
The timing couldn’t be worse as the rambunctious Herdman children, a rough and tough group of siblings from the wrong side of the tracks, descend upon the pageant lured by the promise of free dessert at Sunday school and determined to win all the lead roles for themselves.
The Ladies’ Aid Society members are beside themselves with disapproval, all the shepherds quit because Gladys Herdman “hits too hard”, the show is briefly re-titled “Revenge at Bethlehem”, and the church catches on fire. But Beth and her community watch in surprise as the same old Christmas story is rejuvenated by the creativity, energy, and unexpected sincerity of a misunderstood young family.
Mary Robinson’s “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever,” based on her novel of the same name, is a widely beloved holiday tale, warm and incredibly funny, full of characters both relatable and utterly unique.
The following roles are available for adults:
Bob Bradley, Grace Bradley, Mrs. Armstrong, Mrs. Slocum, Mrs. Clark, Mrs. Clausing, Mrs. McCarthy, Reverend Hopkins, and Firemen. Parts range in age from 20s to 70s.
The following roles are available for children and teens:
Beth and Charlie Bradley, The Herdman siblings (Ralph, Imogene, Leroy, Claude, Ollie, and Gladys), Alice Wendleken, Maxine, Elmer Hopkins, Hobie, David, Beverley, Shirley, Juanita, Doris, shepherds, and angels. Parts range in age from 8 to 17.
While experience is helpful, The Playhouse at McConnellstown does not require previous theatrical experience. We do, however, require that you have the desire, commitment, and the drive to help us produce the high-quality shows that our audiences have come to expect. Please come join us for a wonderful theatrical experience. We look forward to seeing you at auditions!