Auditions Sunday, Monday for F.A.C.T. winter production
Fairfield Area Community Theatre is preparing for a new adventure for its winter show according to F.A.C.T. president, Tim Lantz.
“This year we will do a Christmas show and perform it at area church fellowship halls,” he said.
Auditions for “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” will be at 2 p.m. Sunday and 7 p.m. Monday in the Fairfield High School Auditorium.
All auditions are open to adults and children. Children must be currently enrolled in kindergarten or older.
In this hilarious 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. It’s mayhem — and the fun — when the Herdmans collide with the Christmas story head on.
The comedy is adapted from the best-selling Young Adult book, and has become a holiday staple for theatre across the United States. Barbara Robinson has written several popular books for children, including “My Brother Louis Measures Worms,” “The Best School Year Ever,” “The Best Halloween Ever,” and the best-selling novel “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever,” first published in 1972, which was made into a classic TV movie and on which this script was based.
A large adult and children cast is needed for this production:
FATHER (Bob Bradley) - 35-38
MOTHER (Grace Bradley) - 35ish
BETH BRADLEY - 10-11
CHARLIE BRADLEY - 8-9
RALPH HERDMAN - 12-13
IMOGENE HERDMAN - 11-12
LEROY HERDMAN - 10-11
CLAUDE HERDMAN - 9-10
OLLIE HERDMAN - 8-9
GLADYS HERDMAN - 7-8
ALICE WENDLEKEN - 10-11
MRS. ARMSTRONG - 50ish
MRS. SLOCUM - 35-60
MRS. CLARK - 35-60
MRS. CLAUSING - 35-60
MRS. McCARTHY - middle 40s
MAXINE - l0-ll
ELMER HOPKINS - 12-13
HOBIE - 9-10
DAVID - 8-9
BEVERLY - 7-8
SHIRLEY - 5-6
JUANITA - 5-6
DORIS - 9-10
Those chosen must adhere to the rehearsal schedule: Nov. 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21, 26 and Dec. 1-3.
The play will be performed at 7 p.m. Dec. 5 at First Lutheran Church; 7 p.m. Dec. 6 at First Presbyterian Church; 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 7 at St. Mary Catholic Church.
“Tickets will be only $5 so that family and friends can enjoy this Christmas classic,” said Lantz. Tickets will be sold at Hannes Design.
“This play offers plenty of great roles for children and adults, a few favorite Christmas carols, and a lot of laughs,” said Scott Slechta, F.A.C.T. director.