“One of the best Christmas stories ever – and certainly one of the funniest.” – The Seattle Times
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 with a few favorite Christmas Carols, and a lot of laughs
Directed by Hollie Trenary (Rated G, Family Holiday Play)
Playwright Barbara Robinson has written several books for children including Across From Indian Shore and Trace Through the Forest. Her stories have appeared in well-known magazines and a short version of this play appeared in McCall's Magazine under the title, "The Christmas Pageant."
How: Just bring yourself, a smile, and be prepared to read from the script. It's very LOW pressure, and lots of fun! If you want to be extra prepared, you can fill out our online Audition Form before you come be clicking here.
Father/Bob Bradley (35-45) - in a handful of scenes in the beginning and end of the show -Happy go Lucky, laid back family guy that gets sucked into helping with this year’s Christmas Pageant when he doesn’t even want to go
Reverend Hopkins (30-45)– one scene character, limited lines, Reverend Hopkins must address Grace Bradley after an incident at the church, he is not happy with what happened and he is beside himself about what do to do with The Herdmans
Mother/ Grace Bradley (35-45) – major role, Typical housewife (1950’s), June Cleaver Type, strives to be a good Mother to her children and help others, the Herdmans are an unexpected part of this year’s show and needs to figure out a way to deal with them after she finds herself directing this year’s pageant when the woman that runs everything is laid up in the hospital right before the planning meeting for this year’s show
Mrs. Armstrong (50-ish) – supporting character role, Mrs. Armstrong runs EVERYTHING! at the church until she finds herself with a broken leg and has to take a back seat to this year’s Christmas Pageant but she is still there to give Grace all her direction on how things should be done
Mrs. McCarthy (35-45) - supporting role, Mrs. McCarthy wants to be Mrs. Armstrong, strong willed and nosey, she is always looking for the next best gossip
Mrs. Slocum (35-60) - supporting role, Happy to share juicy gossip with everyone, she’s the Herdmans’ neighbors and knows all about the no good they bring
Mrs. Clark (35-60) - Cameo role (1 line) – part of the gossip chain and too busy to help with the pageant
Mrs. Clausing (35-60) - Cameo role (1 line) – part of the gossip chain
Piano Player – Could also do a Church Lady role or just play piano (simple Christmas songs)
Beth Bradley (female, 10-13) - Narrator Beth goes back in time to tell the story of The Worst Christmas Pageant Ever
Charlie Bradley (male, 8-10) – Beth’s Bother, younger than Beth, he is a victim of the Herdmans
Alice Wendleken (female, 10-13) – “The Snob” Alice knows everything and when it’s not done right she ventures to let people know either by correcting them or writing it down in her book to report to her mother
Maxine (female, 10-13) – Alice and Beth’s Friend she also narrates the Christmas story in the Pageant
Elmer Hopkins (male, 12-13) -- the Reverend's son and more than happy to hand over the role of Joseph to Ralph Herdman. He plays a shepherd in the Pageant.
Hobie (male, 8-11) - He plays a shepherd in the Pageant.
David (male, 8-11) - He plays a shepherd in the Pageant.
Baby Angel Shirley (female, 6-7) Baby Angel Juanita (female, 6-7)
Imogene (female, 11-12)– Oldest Girl, has a pivotal moment on stage when things about the Christmas story “click” for her and she finally gets it, before that she is mean and bossy and the Herdmans leader, has to cry on stage
Gladys (female, 7-8)– Youngest of the Herdmans she is small but mighty, and likes to bite, her hero “The Black Knight”
Ralph (male, 12-13)– Oldest of the Herdmans and a bully of anyone smaller than him
Leroy (male, 10-11)– Steals lunches on the playground at lunch time
Claude (male, 9-10)– Wants to take King Herrod out with a machine gun, causes chaos during Pageant rehearsals
Ollie (male, 8-9)– youngest Boy, likes to cause chaos
These kids also play roles in the Pageant including the shepherds and Angel Choir as well as school kids on the playground. Some may have lines but most do not.