Auditions for The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

AUDITION DATES: Monday, October 7th & Tuesday, October 8th, 2019

What do I need to bring to auditions?
Please bring the following to auditions:
A completed Audition Form
A completed Conflict Calendar
You may bring a resume and headshot, but this is not required
Your favorite Christmas memory
Youth will also need to be prepared to sing a line or two of your favorite Christmas carol

Cary Players will hold auditions for The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson, a play based on the beloved children’s book of the same name. Roles are available for youth and adults. The Director is Shelley Sink and the Assistant Director is Abbie Martschenko

When are the auditions and callbacks?
Auditions will be held on Monday, October 7th and Tuesday, October 8th, 2019.
You only need to attend one of the audition nights.
Youth (ages 5-18) will audition from 6:30pm-8:00pm. Registration begins at 6:00pm.
Adults (ages 18 and up) will audition from 8:00pm-9:30pm. Registration begins at 7:30pm.

Callbacks for youth and adults will be held Saturday, October 12, from 9:00am-`12:00pm.

Where are the auditions being held?
Auditions are at The Cary Arts Center (101 Dry Ave., Cary, NC) in downtown Cary. Monday’s auditions will be held in Room U40 and Tuesday’s auditions will be held in the Theatre. Callbacks will also be held at The Cary Arts Center.

What roles are available?
Roles are available for youth (ages 5-18) and adults (all ages). See the list below.

BETH BRADLEY (Female, Age 10-12): The narrator, strong voice and presence
CHARLIE BRADLEY (Male, Age 8-9): Traditional kid brother
RALPH HERDMAN (Male, Age 12-13): Ragged, scroungy, slouching manner, touch of adolescent cool
IMOGENE HERDMAN (Female, Age 11-12): Loud, bossy, crafty
LEROY HERDMAN (Male, Age 10-11): Tough, sure of himself
CLAUDE HERDMAN (Male, Age 9-10): Tough, combative
OLLIE HERDMAN (Male, Age 8-9): Looking for trouble, Claude’s usual partner in crime
GLADYS HERDMAN (Female, Age 7-8): Small, wiry, feisty
ALICE WENDLEKEN (Female, Age 10-11): Prim, proper, pain in the neck
MAXINE (Female, Age 10-11)
ELMER HOPKINS (Male, Age 12-13)
HOBIE (Male, Age 9-10)
DAVID (Male, Age 8-9)
BEVERLY (Female, Age 7-8)
SHIRLEY (Female, Age 5-6)
JUANITA (Female, Age 5-6)
DORIS (Female, Age 9-10)
NON-SPEAKING ROLES: Angel Choir Members, Baby Angels, Shepherds

MRS. ARMSTRONG (Female, Age 45-55): Largish woman, managerial in voice and manner
BOB BRADLEY (Male, Age 35-38): Solid family man
GRACE BRADLEY (Female, Age 33-37): Trim, attractive
MRS. SLOCUM (Female, Age 35-60): Pleasant, motherly woman
MRS. CLARK (Female, Age 35-60)
MRS. CLAUSING (Female, Age 35-60)
MRS. MCCARTHY (Female, Age 43-48): A younger, less imperious version of Mrs. Armstrong
FIREMAN  1 (Age 25-30)
FIREMAN  2 (Age 25-30)

What will I be asked to do for auditions?
You will be called up individually to tell us the story of your favorite Christmas memory. Keep it to one minute, and allow it to show us your personality, how well you can project and inflect your voice, and how comfortable you are on stage. Youth who are auditioning will also be asked to sing a few bars of your favorite Christmas carol (unaccompanied). After everyone has shared their story, the director may ask you to take part in a group exercise or read sides from the script for a specific character. In addition, your photograph may be taken individually or with a group of candidates.

When will the cast list be posted?
The cast list will be posted Sunday, October 13th. The kickoff rehearsal will be the following evening.