Calling all youth ages 8 to 108

Windham Actors Guild is pleased to announce its December 2017 production of

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

by Barbara Robinson

We are looking for actors, as well as, creative and technical assistance. All roles are available.

Audition Dates are TBD.   However, if you cannot attend a scheduled date, please call or email to make other arrangements.

Questions? Please call 603-247-8634 or email info@windhamactorsguild.com

Rehersals & Show dates

The rehearsals are typically held during the early evenings two days a week and a weekend afternoon.

Tech week begins December 3, 2017

The production will take place at Searles School & Chapel on December 8, 9 & 10, 2017.

About the Show:

In this 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! Features plenty of great roles for children and adults, a few favorite Christmas Carols, and a lot of laughs!

Characters:

GRACE BRADLEY

Meek, gentle, kind.  Think Sandra Bullock comic personality.

BETH BRADLEY

Tween- The narrator. Loveable Nerd.  Thnk Penny from "Big Bang theory".

CHARLIE BRADLEY

Adolescent- Arch-typical kid Brother. Timid. (Sings a capella briefly- should not be a polished singer)

BOB BRADLEY

Sarcastic yet warm sense of humor. Think Nathan Fillion from "Castle" OR John Goodman from "Roseanne".

RALPH HERDMAN

Teen. Oldest Herdman. Ragged, large, slouching manner. A kid who has been forced to grow up way too soon. Remembers when his family was whole. Carries a sense of longing for a normal childhood.

IMOGENE HERDMAN

Teen- Tough, gum chewing, at risk youth. Defensive for her family. Hardened by her lot in life. Never got to be a kid. Barely remembers when her family was whole.

LEROY HERDMAN

Tween- tough, sure of himself. Strong sense of duty for his family.

CLAUDE HERDMAN

Adolescent- tough, combative. Lost Boy.

OLLIE HERDMAN

Adolescent- looking for trouble, Claude's usual partner in crime

GLADYS HERDMAN

Young Adolescent- small, huge personality, no boundaries. Wild child.

ALICE WENDLEKEN

Tween - prim, proper, a little Obsessive and compulsive. Overly sensitive and self righteous. Probably some anxiety issues, but highly functioning.

MRS. ARMSTRONG

Adult -  A type. Takes the pageant way too seriously. Clearly, this is where her fantasy life overlaps with her reality. Behaves like an eccentric Maestro/Diva with a likeable arrogance.

MRS. SLOCUM

Adult - A Ladies Aid Society Member.  Not really a gossip.  Genuinely concerned.  Goes through probably the biggest change by the end of the play.

MRS. CLARK

Adult - A Ladies Aid Society Member.  Mom or Grandmother.  Has a featured vignette with Fireman.

MRS. CLAUSING 

Adult - A Ladies Aid Society Member.  Military Mom. Deadpan. Has a featured, glamorous vignette.

MRS. MCCARTHY

Adult - A Ladies Aid Society Member.  Trophy wife of any size or adult age.  Baby doll voice.

MAXINE

Tween- Stage Manager type. Good kid. Responsible.

ELMER HOPKINS

Tween- Nice boy. Clean Cut. Speaks his mind. Beaver Cleaver type.

HOBIE

Adolescent- The kind of kid who is genuinely weird. No filter. Featured vignette.

DAVID

Adolescent - Good kid. Daydreamer. Featured vignette.

BEVERLY

Adolescent - The kind of kid who will grow up to become a famous person, but for now, just seems a little different from the rest.

SHIRLEY

Young adolescent - Darling and cute

JUANITA

Young adolescent - A little munchkin.

DORIS

Adolescent - Positive kid. Likes the pageant. Featured vignette.

REVEREND HOPKINS

Adult - Kind. Practical. Does his best as a spiritual advisor. Tactful, friendly and honest.

FIREFIGHTER

Adult -  Male/Female/ Athletic

FIREFIGHTER

Adult- Male - Has a featured vignette with Mrs. Clark.

EXTRA ANGEL CHOIR MEMBERS, BABY ANGELS SHEPHERDS

Good Singers who know their Christmas Carols! One Featured solo (Away in a Manger).  One recorded solo (Mariah Carey's All I want for Christmas is You).

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