Audition for Farmington Players Christmas show

The Farmington Players will host auditions September 18 for a hilarious Christmas classic show that opens December 2.

In “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever”, Grace Bradley struggles to put on a church Christmas pageant while faced with casting probably the most inventively awful kids in history. The play offers a wide range of roles; adults and youth ages 6 and up are welcome to auditions, which will start at 1 p.m. with a 12:30 p.m. sign up.

Actors must be available for all performances: December 2-4, 9-11, and 16-18 (Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m.)

The audition form is available at farmingtonplayers.org, and actors may bring resumes as well. Those interested in speaking roles will be asked to do readings from the script. Sides will be available at farmingtonplayers.org. Participants may also be asked to take part in a simple improvisational exercise. For more information, write to bestchristmaspageantever@farmingtonplayers.org.

The Farmington Players Barn Theater is located at 32332 W. 12 Mile Road in Farmington Hills.

Character Descriptions/age range (age the actor needs to appear)

The Family: FATHER (Bob Bradley) – loving family man, sense of humor, 30-45; MOTHER (Grace Bradley) – practical, willing to see the best in people, 30-45; BETH BRADLEY – daughter, the play’s narrator, strong voice and presence, sees the irony in life, 12-14; CHARLIE BRADLEY – son, kid brother, trying to survive in the Herdmans’ world, 10-12 The Church

Ladies: MRS. ARMSTRONG – managerial in voice and manner, 45-up; MRS. SLOCUM – pleasant, motherly woman, middle-aged or older; MRS. CLARK – age open; MRS. CLAUSING – age open; MRS. MCCARTHY – age open; FIREFIGHTER 1 – (one scene) age open; FIREFIGHTER 2 – (one scene) age open; REVEREND HOPKINS – (one scene) age open

The Herdmans: RALPH HERDMAN – slouching manner, touch of adolescent cool, 12-14; IMOGENE HERDMAN – loud, bossy, crafty, 11-13; LEROY HERDMAN – tough, sure of himself, 10-12; CLAUDE HERDMAN – tough, combative, 9-11; OLLIE HERDMAN – looking for trouble, Claude’s usual partner in crime, 8-10; GLADYS HERDMAN – wiry, feisty, opinionated, 7-9

The Church Kids: (Additional non-speaking church kids may be cast) ALICE WENDLEKEN – prim, proper, pain in the neck, 11-14; MAXINE – older elementary or middle school age; ELMER HOPKINS – older elementary or middle school age; HOBIE – mid-elementary school age; DORIS – mid-elementary school age; DAVID – young elementary school age; BEVERLY – young elementary school age; SHIRLEY – young elementary school age; JUANITA – young elementary school age.

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