Auditions for "Best Christmas Pageant Ever: The Musical"

Auditions September 24-25, 6-9 p.m.

Red Curtain announces auditions for the popular holiday play, "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever: The Musical," directed by Beckye Randall with music direction by Nicholas Gorne.

The Herdman kids are the worst kids in the world, or so their classmates think. The Herdmans are a rowdy bunch, with a hard-working single mom who isn't always around to keep them in check. When they decide to participate in the annual church Christmas pageant (just for the free snacks), the show's novice director has her hands full -- and then some!

This is a large cast show, with roles for at least 12 kids between the ages of 8 and 14, plus seven adults. Everyone sings!

Auditions will be held at the Red Curtain Arts Center at 9315 State Ave, Suite J, in Marysville on Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept. 24 and 25, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. To reserve an audition slot, follow this link:

Actors need to have a prepared comedic monologue, no longer than 2 minutes in length, plus a verse and chorus (min. 16 bars) of a song. Bring sheet music, a digital backing track (no vocals), or perform a capella. For more information, contact the RCF office at 360-322-7402 or

Performances will be Nov. 29-Dec. 15, with shows at 8pm on Fridays and Saturdays, 2pm on Sundays. All showings are at the Red Curtain Arts Center.

All roles are open, and Red Curtain promotes gender-blind and color conscious casting in all of our shows. Ages noted are for the character as written, not necessarily the actor.

Character Breakdowns


Ralph: The oldest and coolest. He's the enforcer, age 13.

Imogene: Leader of the Herdmans. She's loud, bossy, and clever. Age 12.

Leroy: Ralph's backup. Very confident in the muscle department. Age 11.

Claude: Scrappy and smart, age 10.

Ollie: A bit of a naive boy who follows his older brothers' leads. Age 9.

Gladys: Nothing but fierce. Nothing scares Gladys. Age 8.


Grace: Good-humored, sweet, slightly frazzled mom. Age 35-40ish.

Bob: Easygoing dad, wry sense of humor. 35-40ish.

Charlie: Typical kid brother, says what he thinks. Age 10.

Beth: Charlie's older and wiser sister. She's honest and kind. Age 12.


Helen Armstrong: Organized steamroller. She's always in charge. 40-50ish.

Rev. Hopkins: Occasionally befuddled, always well-meaning. 40-50ish.

CHURCH LADIES (Trio of Singers)

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. Age 12.

Elmer Hopkins: Preacher's kid, which means he needs to behave. Age 10.

Teddy Shoemaker: Nerdy kid, asks too many questions. Age 9.

Ivy Reed: Beth's earnest friend who is sometimes a goody-goody. Age 11.