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Community School of the Arts in Marion, Indiana presents The Best Christmas Pageant Ever: The Musical

Opening December 9

Performance Dates

  • Thursday December 9 7:00 PM
  • Friday December 10 7:00 PM
  • Saturday December 11 7:00 PM
  • Sunday December 12 2:00 PM

Things To Know About This Production

The Herdmans are the worst kids in the history of the world--so when they crash Sunday school and demand parts in the Christmas pageant, the whole town panics. There's not supposed to be fighting or cigar-smoking in Bethlehem, and while these kids have never even heard the Christmas story, they definitely have rewrites! Soon everyone from the terrified pint-sized shepherds to the furious church ladies is calling for first-time director Grace to fire the Herdmans. But it's up to Grace and the Reverend to help their community see the Christmas story and the Herdman kids through new eyes in this buoyant musical adaptation of the funny and touching holiday classic. Silent night? Not a chance. But sometimes a little joyful noise is just right for Christmas. Join us on December 9th-11th at 7pm and December 12th at 2pm at the James Dean Memorial Theatre as we kick off the holiday season with this classic show!

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Auditions For The Best Christmas Pageant Ever: The Musical

Audition Times

  • Wednesday October 13 5:00 PM
  • Thursday October 14 5:00 PM

What To Expect At Auditions

Please come prepared with a short memorized monologue and 30 seconds of a song prepared. We will also read from scenes from the show as well. Contact CSA at with any questions about auditions. Auditions will be held at CSA in Studio 2. See below for casting information (ages are just a range for the character and not required for actors):

RALPH Male - 13 The oldest and coolest. He’s the enforcer.

IMOGENE Female - 12 Leader of the Herdmans. She’s loud, bossy, and crafty.

LEROY Male - 11 Ralph’s backup. Very confident in the muscle department.

CLAUDE Male - 10 Scrappy and smart.

OLLIE Male - 9 A bit of a naïve urchin who follows the older boys’ leads.

GLADYS Female - 8 Little but fierce. Nothing scares Gladys.

GRACE Female - 35-40ish Sweet, good-humored, slightly frazzled mom.

BOB Male - 35-40ish Easygoing dad, wry sense of humor.

CHARLIE Male - 10 Typical kid brother, says what he thinks.

BETH Female - 11 Charlie’s older and wiser sister. She’s honest and kind.

HELEN ARMSTRONG Female - 40-50ish Organized steamroller. She’s always in charge.

REVEREND HOPKINS Male - 40-50ish Occasionally befuddled, always well-meaning.

LUANNE Female - 35-40ish Sassy, tells it like it is.

BETTY Female - 30–40ish Sweet southerner, calls everyone “honey.”

CONNIE Female - 30-40ish Direct, no-nonsense type.

ALICE WENDLEKEN Female - 11 Know-it-all. She thinks she’s perfect.

ELMER HOPKINS Male - 10 Preacher’s kid, which means he needs to behave and be nice.

TEDDY SHOEMAKER Male - 9 Wimpy kid with glasses, asks too many questions.

IVY REED Female - 11 Beth’s earnest friend who is sometimes a goody-goody.

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Cast List For The Best Christmas Pageant Ever: The Musical

Casting Information

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