The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” is a hilarious Christmas tale that is good for all ages. 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 Herdman’s collide with the Christmas story head on!
LIST OF CHARACTERS
Grace Bradley – Mother, anguished director of Christmas Pageant.
Bob Bradley – Father, Ward Cleaver type with a sense of humor.
Beth Bradley – Narrator of the story (many lines).
Charlie Bradley – Traditional kid brother (many lines).
Alice Wendleken – Prim, proper, pain in the neck (many lines).
Imogene Herdman – Loud, bossy, crafty (many lines).
Gladys Herdamn – Feisty, fighter, imaginative (many lines).
Ralph Herdman – Ragged, scroungy, slouching manner, touch of adolescent cool.
Leroy Herdman – Tough, sure of himself.
Claude Herdman – Tough, combative (role may be male or female)
Ollie Herdman – Looking for trouble, Claude’s partner in crime (role may be male or female).
Mrs. Armstrong – Managerial in voice and manner, likes to be in charge.
Mrs. Sloeum – Pleasant, motherly type.
Mrs. Clausing – Pleasant, motherly type.
Mrs. Clark – Pleasant, motherly type.
Mrs. McCarthy – Snooty. A younger version of Mrs. Armstrong.
Maxine – A worrier, narrator of the Christmas Pageant.
Elmer Hopkins – Son of Reverend Hopkins.
Hobie – Charming with a big smile.
David – One of the boys.
Beverly – Bit of a whiner.
Reverend Hopkins – A nervous man.
Baby Angels – Little children with big angelic smiles and gleaming eyes.
Rehearsals begin Monday, October 2 and will typically be held Monday-Thursday evenings at The Coralville United Methodist Church, 806 13th Ave., Coralville. There will not be rehearsal on Halloween or the week of Thanksgiving.
Tech Week (Nov 26-30) Rehearsals will be held at the Hoover Presidential Library in West Branch. Participation in Tech Week and all performances is mandatory to participate in the show.
Performances are December 1 & 2 at 7PM and December 2 at 2PM. at The Hoover Library in West Branch.
Tech week and all performances are mandatory! Previous commitments that will conflict with tech week and performances must be rearranged. Do not commit to any Young Footliters Production unless you can make it a priority and honor the guidelines and rules. Be sure your family can support you in your schedule.
CASTING ACTORS IN KINDERGARTEN TO 8TH GRADE ONLY!
Auditions are Saturday, August 26 and Sunday, August 27 from 2 pm – 5 pm @ The Coralville Public Library. For auditions you may prepare a short monologue or poem. You will also be asked to do a cold reading. A cold reading means you will simply read from the script that the director will provide for you. Please fill out this AUDITION FORM to secure an audition appointment. Once you fill out a form, our producer, Liz Tracey, will contact you with your appointment time. If you do not hear back from us within a couple of days, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The participation fee for Young Footliters is $45 per play and $75 per musical. The Best Christmas Pageant Ever is a play. So the fee is $45 per child. Your participation fee is a crucial part of making this theatre possible. But we understand that participation fees may make it difficult for your child to be involved in a show. Please let us help. Scholarships are available through the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts for families with financial need. Please don’t hesitate to e-mail Liz Tracey if you would like a scholarship form. email@example.com.
City Circle Acting Company and Young Footliters Youth Theatre are seeking designers for the 2017-2018 season. Positions in set, lights, sound and costumes are available, and all local designers are welcome and encouraged to join our team! Many positions include an honorarium. We are a community-based theatre and love working with designers who are independent, volunteer-friendly, and flexible collaborators in making the show go on!
Please contact Liz Tracey at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested or have questions.
About our Venue:
The Coralville Center for the Performing Arts is a state of the art 472 seat facility with 170 seats on the balcony and 302 seats on the main floor. It has a 38 foot wide stage with flexible depths ranging from 10 feet to 42 feet. The stage has a 20 foot high proscenium with a fly tower, 27 line sets, cyclorama, scrim and mid stage black. It has a state of the art ION light board and a 48-channel digital sound mixer. We have an on-the-premises costume shop and a large selection of costume inventory. Our build shop is located offsite and sets are built modularly to be loaded in by truck one week before opening.
City Circle Acting Company
Peter and the Starcatcher – September 22-24
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat – December 8-10; 15-17
Chess in Concert – February 9–11
Little Women – April 27-29; May 4-6
Return to the Forbidden Planet – June 15-17
Young Footliters Youth Theatre
Charlotte’s Web – September 8-10
A Charlie Brown Christmas – November 17-19
Winnie the Pooh – March 23-25
Charlotte’s Web has been cast – congratulations!
|Fern Arable||Madisyn Zachar|
|John Arable||Erin Moniger|
|Martha Arable||Savannah Stookey|
|Avery Arable||Aidan Alvarado|
|Homer Zuckerman||Ronan Smith|
|Edith Zuckerman||Marijke Nielsen|
|First Chorus Member||Laurel Preston|
|Second Chorus Member||Alina Davis|
|Third Chorus Member||Teya Kerns|
|Joy the spider/Judge/Crowd||Rana Saba|
|Aranea the spider/Judge/Crowd||Laila Zastrow|
|Nellie the spider/Judge/Crowd||Piper Falduto|
|First Spectator/Crowd||Jake Endahl|
|Second Spectator/Crowd||Nicholas Davis|
|First Fairgoer/Crowd||Briar Martin|
|Second Fairgoer/Crowd||Jocie Bozarth|
|Third Fairgoer/Crowd||Ella Vakiner|
Charlotte’s Web, adapted from the best selling book by E.B. White by Joseph Robinette and directed by Matthew Falduto, is a beautiful knowing play about friendship. Actors and audience alike will be reminded about what it means to be a good friend and be inspired by the play’s messages about the power of love.
LIST OF CHARACTERS
Wilbur – a pig
Charlotte – a spider
Templeton – a rat
Uncle – a big pig
Fern Arable – a girl
John Arable – her father
Martha Arable – her mother
Avery Arable – her brother
Homer Zuckerman – her uncle
Edith Zuckerman – her aunt
Lurvy – a hired hand
Chorus Member 1
Chorus Member 2
Chorus Member 3
Various other humans and animals.
Charlotte’s Web rehearsals will run from July 24-September 7. The director’s plan is to have Monday-Thursday rehearsals from 6 to 8:30 pm and Sunday rehearsals from 1-5 pm, though that may change depending on the cast’s availability. Rehearsals will run 5 days per week, but depending on the size of your role, you may not be required to attend every rehearsal.
Performances are September 8, 9, 10. Tech week starts Sunday, September 3 and there will be rehearsals every day. Note that this includes Labor Day. Tech week and all performances are mandatory! Previous commitments that will conflict with tech week and performances must be rearranged. Do not commit to any Young Footliters Production unless you can make it a priority and honor the guidelines and rules. Be sure your family can support you in your schedule.
CASTING ACTORS IN 5TH GRADE TO 12TH GRADE ONLY!
Auditions are Friday, July 14 from 3 pm – 6 pm and Saturday, July 15 from 9 am to 12 pm @ The Coralville Public Library. A short memorized monologue or poem is recommended, but not required, particularly if the actor feels confident in their ability to do a cold reading. It is likely everyone will do cold readings in addition to any memorized monologues. Please fill out this AUDITION FORM to secure an audition appointment. Once you fill out a form, our producer, Liz Tracey, will contact you with your appointment time. If you do not hear back from us within a couple of days, please email email@example.com.
HAROLD HILL……………………….…Ely Kleinsmith
MARIAN PAROO…………………….…Lauren Rude
MARCELLUS WASHBURN………..Ben Chapman
ETHEL TOFFELMIER…………..…..Teagen Bollers
MRS. PAROO……………………………Macayle DeVore
WINTHROP PAROO…………………Santiago Perez
MAYOR SHINN……………………….Andrew Thomsen
EULALIE SHINN………………………Carolina Icardi
GRACIE SHINN……………………….Lilly Vogts
ZANEETA SHINN…………………….Clara Hibbard
TOMMY DJILAS……………………….Elliot Manjoine
JACEY SQUIRES….…………………….Beau Leavenworth
OLIN BRITT……………………………..Jack Paradee
OLIVER HIX…………………………….Dane Christians
EWART DUNLOP……………………..Gray Christians
ROCK ISLAND TRAIN:
SALESMEN………………………………Scott Dill, Aaron Schultz, Joseph Polyak
NEWSPAPER READERS……………Whit Jury, Noah Pavelich, Ryne Eyestone
CHARLIE COWELL…………………..Sam Sunderland
ALMA HIX……………………………….Gabby Finlayson
FARMER’S WIFE………………………Olivia Russell
CONSTABLE LOCKE……………..…..Joseph Polyak
MAUD DUNLOP…………………….…Emily Hill
MRS. SQUIRES……………………….…Kaia Burkum
THE PICK-A-LITTLE LADIES:
Ivy Angela-Wardell, Kaia Burkum, Reese Hill, Laura Schilling
THE OLD BIDDIES:
Chase Horning, Ava Pence
WA TAN YE GIRLS:
Madeline Austin, Grace Bartlett, Maeve Christians, Tali Clements, Grace DeVore,
Maple Miller, Avery Nepple, Taylor Pence, Bryn Russell, Rowen Russell,
Lovella Varner, Madisyn Zachar
Texton Bollers, Will Brentlinger, Tayden Clements, Jack Furlong, Blake Gordley,
Adam Schultz, Zane Lee, Oliver Miller, Cooper VanCleave
MAY 6TH (1PM – 4PM ) CORALVILLE LIBRARY
This is a wonderful opportunity to help prepare for Music Man, Jr. auditions.
Join two theatre professionals, Krista Neumann and Mary Denmead, as they guide you through the process of picking audition material, what to expect at auditions, what to wear and how to present yourself. Please register for one appropriate age slot. The class is free but there is a participation limit so sign-up early!
- 1pm – 1:50pm (K – 3rd grade)
- 2pm – 2:50pm (4th – 6th grade)
- 3pm – 3:50pm (7th – high school)
S U M M A R Y
Master showman Harold Hill is in town and he’s got “seventy-six trombones” in tow. Can upright, uptight Marian, the town librarian, resist his powerful allure? The story follows fast-talking traveling salesman, Harold Hill, as he cons the people of River City, Iowa, into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys’ band he vows to organize. The catch? He doesn’t know a trombone from a treble clef. His plans to skip town with the cash are foiled when he falls for Marian, whose belief in Harold’s power just might help him succeed in the end in spite of himself.
C H A R A C T E R B R E A K D O W N
Harold Hill – a smooth talking, charming traveling salesman. Despite his long history of being a con man, he has a heart of gold and really does want to make a difference.
Marian Paroo is Winthrop’s sister and the proper town librarian. She believes the town people would be better off if they just read a little more! She doesn’t trust Professor Hill at first – but eventually sees the good side in him.
Charlie Cowell – comedic role, loud, a bit of a ham.
Marcellus Washburn – sidekick to Harold Hill. Natural comic. Big number is “Shipoopi” so he has to sing reasonably well and dance.
Ethel Toffelmier – is Marcellus’s girlfriend. “A nice comfortable girl and the bosses’ niece. Also one of the solo Pick-a-Little ladies.
The Quartet – Barber shop singers as well as members of the School Board. These guys don’t get along at first until brought together by the Professor. Ewart Dunlop (F#5 – E4), Oliver Hix (F#5 – E4), Jacob Squires (A5 – B3), Olin Britt (D5 – A3).
Traveling Salesmen – strong character actors with good enunciation who can patter/sing (old time rapper). Will consider girls dressed as guys.
Mrs. Paroo – Marian’s Mom. She is sweet and always cheerful. Mrs. Paroo wants the best for everyone, which includes finding a boyfriend for Marian. Must be able to do an Irish accent.
Winthrop Paroo – Marian’s little brother (looking at 2nd to 5th grade) – he has a lisp and doesn’t talk much because of it – at least to start!
Amaryllis – Sweet, young (2nd to 5th grade) piano student (real piano skills a plus but can work around).
Mayor Shinn – Self-important, full of himself. Gets lots of things wrong, but doesn’t trust Harold Hill.
Eulalie Shinn – Society lady – knows everyone in town and wants to be the center of attention. Needs to be a little whacky!
Tommy Djilas – is the teen heartthrob. Rebel.
Zaneeta Shinn – daughter to the mayor. Tommy’s love interest. Strong female dancer.
Gracie Shinn – Zanneeta’s little sister. First soloist in “Wells Fargo Wagon”. Has dialogue.
Town Ladies – The town ladies follow Eulalie everywhere! Each one has a unique character – gossipy or cheerful or friendly.
Townspeople – Small town folks in Iowa are proud people. Not always super friendly, usually suspicious of outsiders, like salesman. But want the best for their kids. All ages – looking for a little movement and good voices.
River City Kids – just want to have fun – high energy. Sing and dance.
P R O D U C T I O N I N F O R M A T I O N
Thank you for your interest in the upcoming production of The Music Man, Jr. PLEASE NOTE THERE ARE 5 PERFORMANCES. If you audition, you must be able to commit to this.
- Friday, July 21 @2pm
- Friday, July 21 @ 7pm
- Saturday, July 22 @2pm
- Saturday, July 22 @ 7pm
- Sunday, July 23 @ 2pm
If you audition, you must be able to commit to the rehearsal process. Rehearsals run Sunday – Thursday from 6pm to 9pm. Rehearsals start May 30th. Tech week begins with loading in to the theatre on July 16. There will be occasional absences permitted but not tech week. Please list all conflicts on your audition form.
Friday, May 19, 5:30pm – 9:00pm OR Saturday, May 20, 9:00am – 5:00pm
THE COMMUNITY OF CHRIST CHURCH, 2121 S RIDGE DR., CORALVILLE
CALLBACKS: (by invitation only) Sunday, May 21, 1pm – 4pm at the Coralville Library
Children in grades K-12 are eligible to audition.
A U D I T I O N M A T E R I A L S
K – 2nd Grade
- You will be asked to sing “Happy Birthday” or “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” and an accompanist will be provided. No need to prepare a monologue. You will be asked to do a little improvisation.
3rd – 12th Grade
- Please prepare up to 32 bars of a musical theatre song of your choice that shows off your voice, and demonstrates your ability to tell a story. Bring sheet music and an accompanist will be provided.
- Prepare a one to two minute monologue; a good monologue lets a character open their heart and spill out their inner turmoil or makes us laugh!
FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO HAVE DIFFICULTY FINDING YOUR OWN AUDITION PIECES I will have sheet music for some songs from the musical available in the lobby of the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts, 1301 5th Street behind the box office table.
- “Gary, Indiana”
- “Goodnight My Someone”
- “Seventy-Six Trombones”
- “Till There Was You”
- “Wells Fargo Wagon”
- “Iowa Stubborn”
If you are having trouble finding a monologue, I will also have monologues from the show made available in the theatre lobby, free for the taking.
“Age breakdowns are only a guideline. Younger children are welcome to memorize a monologue and sing from the show. Older children can sing “Happy Birthday”! If you only want to sing and do not want individual lines, you do not need to memorize a monologue. I am looking to get a sense of who you are and what you are comfortable doing! If you have any questions or concerns about auditions, please feel free to email me. Thanks!” – Liz firstname.lastname@example.org.
If cast, Young Footliters does have a $30 annual per family membership fee and a $75 participation fee for this production to help cover costs (such as costumes, sets, props, painting, royalty rights, performance & rehearsal facitilites). Thank you for your understanding and support. We understand that participation fees may make it difficult for your child to be involved in a show. Please let us help. Scholarships are available through the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts for families with financial need.
F O R M S
Auditions for our summer musical, “The Music Man” will be held May 19-20. Check back here soon for audition sign-up information!