The Best Christmas Pageant Ever Auditions




Audition Call for

Alamance Children’s Theatre Production of

Directed by Madison Crisp & Savanah Blackburn

Tech Crew-Vacant/Interested Individuals Encouraged to Apply.

(See Below) 


Alamance Children’s Theatre (ACT) will present The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, at the Paramount Theater in downtown Burlington, NC.  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. You won’t believe the mayhem – and the fun – when the Herdmans collide head-on with the story of Christmas! 

Regular performance dates are December 1-3 and 8-10, 2023. There will be at least eight regular performances in total and two school shows. Both school shows will occur during the school day on Wednesday, December 6, 2023.  



Auditions are open to youth ages 8 to 18.  A prospective cast member must be a minimum of 8 years old and a maximum of 18 years old on the day that individual auditions for the production.


Auditions will be:


Tuesday, October 10, 2023 from 6:00-9:00pm




Wednesday, October 11, 2023 from 6:00-7:30pm




Alamance Lutheran Church

4008 Highway 62 South

Alamance, NC


Please use the following sign up genus to register for your audition spot. Walk ins will not be allowed.


If you have conflicts with the audition dates above, please send an email to as soon as possible for an alternative method/date to audition.  These arrangements must be made prior to October 8, 2023. 


Those auditioning should:

  • Print out and complete the forms provided below prior to arrival at auditions.
  • Be prepared for a cold read with other auditionees from materials provided at the auditions.


Potential cast members need to attend only one night of auditions.


There will most likely not be any callbacks.


A Character List is provided below.


In preparation for auditions, please read these materials and bring the completed forms to the audition.  You may attach your own picture to the Audition Form.  ACT will also be taking individual pictures each night.


BCPE Welcome Letter

Audition Form – BCPE


ACT is seeking Tech Crew members for The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. ACT encourages interested individuals to complete the form below and bring it to auditions. 


BCPE Tech Crew Application


The final cast list will be posted on ACT’s Facebook Page (and potentially ACT’s website) by Friday, October 13th at 4pm. Those individuals must email to accept or decline their roles at by Sunday, October 15th at 12 pm.


On Monday night, October 17th all of the cast, parents/guardians, directors, and producers will meet at Alamance Lutheran Church at 7:00 pm.  A great deal of important information will be discussed, so it is MANDATORY that each cast member and a parent/guardian attend this meeting.  A $60 Participation Fee will be collected from each cast member ($50 for each additional sibling).  This fee helps to cover some of the production’s costs.  Scholarships are available to ensure that no young person is unable to participate. Please email  or speak to one of the producers at the parent meeting to make these arrangements.  Scholarship families will be requested to “Pay what they can” and will be asked to contribute additional volunteer hours to the production.


Rehearsals will predominantly occur at Alamance Lutheran Church and will generally occur between 6:00 pm and 9:00 pm on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday nights. There may be a few nights that extend to 9:30 pm, multiple Saturday morning/afternoon rehearsals and potentially a few Sunday afternoon/evening rehearsals.  Some rehearsals with minimal called cast members may be at locations other than Alamance Lutheran.  Not all cast members will be scheduled for each rehearsal but each cast member will be expected to attend all of the rehearsals for which he or she is scheduled.


You must put and potential times your actor may not be able to attend rehearsals on the audition paperwork. This includes weekly classes, scheduled vacations, band concerts, or any reason your actor would need to miss a rehearsal. Failure to disclose conflicts during auditions may be grounds for removal from the production. 



Tech week begins on Monday, November 27, 2023 with rehearsals each day/night at the Paramount Theater.  Tech Week rehearsals may extend to 10:30 pm.  All cast members should be present this week with no exceptions!  However, if an auditionee has a mandatory or long term commitment that may conflict with attendance during Tech Week, that conflict should be detailed on the audition form and specifically discussed with production staff at auditions. 


Regular performances will be at the Paramount at 7:00 pm on December 1, 2, 8 & 9, 2023 and 2:00 pm on December 2, 3, 9 & 10, 2023. Both school shows will occur on Wednesday, December 6, 2023 during the school day. All cast and tech crew members must be present for all performances.


Auditionees should be aware that participation in other productions or other activities that overlap and/or create conflicts with rehearsals for The Best Christmas Pageant Ever  may be considered in casting decisions.  





 FATHER (Bob Bradley) – Solid family man MOTHER (Grace Bradley) – Trim, attractive, BETH BRADLEY – The narrator, strong voice and presence CHARLIE BRADLEY – Traditional kid brother RALPH HERDMAN – Ragged, scroungy, slouching manner, touch of adolescent cool IMOGENE HERDMAN – Loud, bossy, crafty LEROY HERDMAN – Tough, sure of himself CLAUDE HERDMAN – Tough, combative OLLIE HERDMAN – Looking for trouble, Claude’s usual partner in crime GLADYS HERDMAN – Small, wiry, fiesty ALICE WENDLEKEN – Prim, proper, pain in the neck MRS. ARMSTRONG – Largish woman, managerial in voice and manner MRS. SLOCUM – Pleasant, motherly woman MRS. CLARK  MRS. CLAUSING  MRS. MCCARTHY – A younger, less imperious version of Mrs. Armstrong MAXINE  ELMER HOPKINS  HOBIE  DAVID  BEVERLY  FIREMAN  FIREMAN  SHIRLEY  JUANITA  DORIS  REVEREND HOPKINS 

Extra angel choir members, baby angels, shepherds

Crazy For You

March 13-15 & 20-22, 2020 (note: show only ran on March 12-14 due to Covid-19)

Directed by Tami Kress

Music Direction: Meredith Gornto

Choreographer: Alicia Curtis

Fight Choreographer: Eliana Tate

Producers: Jennifer Newsome, Michelle Mertz, Lisa Chester, Mandy Ealy, Andy Kielty

Location: Paramount Theater

Crazy For You

“Emotion through Acting and Singing” Workshop

Alamance Children’s Theatre Workshop Announcement

Emotion through Acting and Singing

 August 10, 20199:00am-12:00pm (Noon) 
(Please arrive at 8:45 am if possible)

Alamance Lutheran Church
4008 Highway 62 SOUTH

Alamance, NC

Just in time for auditions for ACT’s productions of Honk! A Musical Comedy, A Christmas Carol and Crazy for You, please join us for a workshop led by Kelly Durfey.


During the workshop, you will:  

  • Learn how to increase your emotional range in acting and singing
  • Learn how to bring a personal quality to your performance/audition
  • Address the Stanislavsky and Strasberg methods of acting (will include exercises/games)
  • Focus on adding emotion to your next audition
  • Work on creating truthful characters and adding emotion in movement, voice, and expression


Kelly Durfey currently teaches theater at Eno River Academy High School in Hillsborough.  Prior to teaching theater, she taught private piano and voice lessons for 15 years.  Local theater credits include, Shelby in Steel Magnolias, Diana Nichols in California Suite, Sarah Brown in Guys and Dolls, Appassionata in Lil Abner, and Mrs. Correy in Mary Poppins(Orange Community Players – OCP); Tatiana Racon in A Comedy of Tenors(Studio 1); Evelyn Burnett in Miracle on 34th Streetand Sitting Pretty (Odyssey Stage); recently seen in Women’s Theatre Festival in Raleigh, NC 10 by 10 Play Festival in both Carrboro and Cary, and The Ballad of Coley Cainat the Paramount Theater. She most recently directed Thoroughly Modern Millieand also directed music for OCP’s production of Annie. Originally from Knoxville, TN, she resides in Durham with her husband and two teenage daughters.


The workshop will be from 9:00am-12:00pm at Alamance Lutheran Church in the town of Alamance just south of I-85/I-40.  Participants are asked to arrive by 8:45 am if possible. Please bring a water bottle and a monologue and/or song to work on.


The workshop is open to youth ages 8-18 and advanced registration is strongly encouraged as space is limited and is expected it to fill up.  Cost is $10 per participant.  Payment is non-refundable unless the workshop is cancelled by ACT.


To register, email the completed form below  Payments should be made via PayPal and are due by August 3, 2019.  Log into PayPal and send money to

Emotion through Acting and Singing_Workshop Registration Form

Little Women and The Music Man Q & A

Questions & Answers on Little Women and The Music Man

In follow-up to the recent posting of auditions information for both Little Women and The Music Man, ACT has received several inquiries for additional information.

In an effort to share info with as many youth actors and their families as possible, please see the Questions and Answers below.


1) ACT’s standard practice is to conduct auditions seven to eleven weeks prior to a production’s opening night.  Why are auditions for The Music Man occurring significantly sooner than would normally be the case?

The Music Man is an extremely large production, with a cast up to 60 members and performances ranging approximately 2 1/2 hours.  The production includes substantial choreography and music numbers involving the entire cast, as well as multiple music and choreography scenes for several cast sub-groups.

Following standard ACT practice, auditions would have occurred in late January 2019, providing only 6 weeks plus Tech Week for rehearsals.  The size and complexity of the production suggested more time was needed.

The substantial prospect for inclement weather in February and early March 2019 will also likely reduce available rehearsal time, further limiting the ability to bring the production to the stage in a constrained timeframe.  Potential weather impacts suggested more time was needed.


2) With more time needed for The Music Man, were auditions in early or mid-January 2019 or in December 2018 considered?

Consideration for conducting auditions in early or mid-January 2019 did occur.  However, in January, ACT as a VOLUNTEER organization will be focused on Tech Week and the ten performances for Little Women – The Broadway Musical – and therefore not on The Music Man.  ACT did not feel its VOLUNTEERS could serve both productions well if The Music Man auditions occurred in early or mid-January.

There is also a potential for some overlap of the 20 +/- youth actors from Little Women with The Music Man.  The potential lack of, or at a minimum, limited availability of up to one-third of The Music Man cast would diminish any potential benefits that might accrue were Music Man auditions conducted in early or mid-January.

ACT’s focus on Little Women and the potential unavailability of a number of possible cast members suggested January auditions were not a viable solution.

ACT subsequently considered December auditions, but decided the loss of potential rehearsal days due to the holiday period, combined once again with the on-going Little Women rehearsals and potential cast overlaps, provided limited benefit.

Ultimately the decision was made to conduct auditions for The Music Man in November, thereby providing 1) the needed additional time for Music Man rehearsals; 2) for coordination of the Little Women and The Music Man rehearsal schedules; 3) the opportunity to work ahead of time to avoid the all-but-certain weather impacts; and 4) additional time that would not be feasible by waiting until December 2018 or January 2019.


3) Can a youth actor be in both Little Women and The Music Man?

Yes. ACT encourages youth actors, in concert with the age parameters for both productions, to audition for both productions. Little Women Director Tami Kress and Music Man Director Wayne Leonard are coordinating rehearsal schedules to allow individuals to potentially be in both productions, contingent of course upon casting.

Any actors that are cast in both productions should be equally committed to both productions – regardless of their roles in each.


4) If a youth actor is cast in a role requiring significant rehearsal time in Little Women, does that mean that same actor will be cast in a role requiring less time in The Music Man?

No, it does not.  The Directors will make independent casting decisions based on the auditions for each production.  An actor may be cast in roles for both productions requiring significant time investments.  Or an actor may be cast in roles in both productions with varying time commitments for each.  Or an actor may be cast in one production, but not the other.  An actor’s casting in one production will not positively or negatively impact that actor’s casting in the other production.

It should be noted, however, that while involvement in Little Women or The Music Man or both will NOT impact casting decisions, an actor’s other conflicts and involvement in other productions may impact casting decisions.

Any actors that are cast in both productions should be equally committed to both productions – regardless of their roles in each.


5) Will actors who audition for Little Women know if they are cast in that production before they potentially audition for The Music Man?

Yes. The cast list for Little Women is planned for announcement on Sunday evening, November 4, or Monday morning, November 5, 2018.  Auditions for The Music Man are scheduled for the evenings of November 5 & 6, 2018, so actors and their families will know about Little Women casting prior to potentially auditioning for The Music Man.


6) Will rehearsals for each production overlap each other, creating conflicts for actors?

Little Women Director Tami Kress and Music Man Director Wayne Leonard are coordinating rehearsal schedules to allow individuals to be in both productions.  This includes working as much as possible to avoid any overlapping rehearsal times for any actors in both productions.

During November & December 2018, and in January 2019, Little Women will have priority.  However, rehearsals for both productions will occur each week.  Little Women rehearsal may occur one evening, and a Music Man rehearsal may occur the following evening.  It should also be noted that an actor may be in a Little Women rehearsal at Alamance Lutheran Church for a portion of a particular evening/day – and then later that same evening/day in a Music Man rehearsal – also at Alamance Lutheran.


7) How often will rehearsals actually occur for Little Women and The Music Man in November and December 2018 and January 2019?

Little Women will have rehearsals on a continual basis, excepting holidays, throughout November & December 2018 and January 2019, generally 3-5 times a week.  The Music Man will have rehearsals once or twice each week during November and December 2018, excepting holidays, and will likely focus on music and choreography.  As occurs with all ACT productions, not all cast members will be scheduled for each rehearsal, and actors will only need to attend the rehearsals for which they are called.

Rehearsals for The Music Man will diminish or take a brief break during the first 25 +/- days of January 2019 as ACT focuses on Little Women, its Tech Week and ten performances.

Rehearsals for The Music Man will then become consistent at approximately 4-5 times a week from very late January through its Tech Week in early March.

Actors and their families are welcome to contact for any additional information.




Our next workshop:


Saturday, October 28, 2017
9:00am – Noon

Wayne Leonard will lead the workshop.

The workshop will be from 9:00am until noon at First Baptist Church in Burlington. The workshop is open to youth ages 8-18. Advanced registration is strongly encouraged as space is limited, and the worshop is expected it to fill up.

Cost is $10 per participant.

Contact Cynthia Smith for registration information.

Payment may also be made to ACT’s Paypal account. Please use the “Friends and Family” option and send $10 to

Have an idea for a workshop?

Is there something you would like to see covered in an upcoming workshop? Let us know!! Contact us with the subject line Workshop Request.

Cast List: Best Christmas Pageant Ever

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever Cast List Announcement

Hello Auditionees!!!  Thank you to everyone who auditioned for The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.  We were overwhelmed to see a great turn out of such talented individuals.

If you were not cast in this production, please be assured that ACT has auditions for The Drowsy Chaperone (for 8th grade and up) in January and a future production in the fall.  Further details will be announced about these auditions at a later date.  So, please watch for more information here on our website ( and on the Alamance Children’s Theatre Facebook Page.

Again, thank you to each one of you who came out to audition for The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.

IMPORTANT: Please email Tiana Kane at no later than Friday, October 13 at 7 pm to ACCEPT OR DECLINE your role.  If you accept your role, please look for a follow-up email with additional information.  Please also make plans to be at the MANDATORY first cast meeting this Saturday, October 14, 2017 at 10 am (please arrive by 9:45 am).

And now, without further delay, CONGRATULATIONS to the cast and crew of The Best Christmas Pageant Ever!

Mother (Grace Bradley) Madison Kimrey
Father (Bob Bradley); firefighter Sam Crompton
Beth Bradley Sydney Fischer
Charlie Bradley Joshua Wood
Ralph Herdman Timothy Duggins
Imogene Herdman Kendal Fischer
Leroy Herdman Alex Bravo
Claude Herdman Connor McGee
Ollie Herdman Phillip Webb
Gladys Herdman Ella Garrison
Alice Wendleken Olivia Knighten
Mrs. Armstrong; firefighter; cashier Natalie Clark
Mrs. Slocum; Naomi’s mother Natalie Ealy
Mrs. Clark; Mrs. Barnes Hollyann Gardner
Mrs. Clausing; teacher Sophia Crompton
Mrs. McCarthy Trinity Ambrose
Reverend Hopkins Eli Rachlin
Elmer Hopkins Wyatt Halleen
Maxine Isabella Salamone
Hobie Zachary Kielty
David Cooper Rachlin
Johnny Ben Vincent
Ronny Jacob Godfrey
Beverly Savannah Blackburn
Shirley Anwyn Rosley
Juanita Rachel Green
Doris Nylah Huntley
Naomi Lillian Holloway
Janet Sarah Amash
Carol Taylor McGee
Cheryl Ava Halleen
Tech Crew
Stage Manager Rachel Ealy
Techies Halli Nguyen
Madison Isley
Benji Altmann
Grant Sledge