Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

September 12, 2013

Casting call issued for CCP's Best Christmas Pageant Ever


CROSSVILLE — Auditions for volunteers have been scheduled for the Cumberland County Playhouse’s production of The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, by Barbara Robinson.

Individual auditions for adults and children will be held on Sept. 29 from 1-5 p.m. by appointment. Group auditions will be from 5-6 p.m. with no prepared material required. Everyone is asked to call Mandy Dearman at 484-4324 (8 a.m. to 5 p.m. M-F) or email to register for either session. All auditioning individually are asked to prepare 16 bars of a song and a 30-45 second monologue (bring sheet music in the proper key, or a cued-up CD/cassette instrumental accompaniment). Those without a song may be asked to sing Happy Birthday. Children’s roles are sometimes double-cast by the Playhouse.

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, sponsored by M. Stewart Galloway/Cumberland Eye Center, is rated G and begins rehearsal Oct. 22 and runs Nov. 23 through Dec. 21. The show will play 4 to 5 times per week. In addition to children’s roles, the show features several supporting roles for adult women.

CCP Education Director Weslie Webster will direct Best Christmas with Ron Murphy as musical director. Lindy and Greg Pendzick will be returning to play the roles of Grace and Bob.

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever opens on the Mainstage just in time to kick off the holiday season. Filled with music of the holiday season, this very funny and touching show recounts a church Christmas pageant that threatens to be “a disaster,” but turns out to reflect the true spirit of Christmas. 

When the six delinquent Herdman kids decide to join the church Christmas pageant to enjoy Sunday school desserts and snacks, the event is thrown into turmoil. The Herdmans reputation is as “the worst kids in the entire history of the world,” and their rowdy behavior creates chaos for new pageant director Grace Bradley and her Sunday schoolers. But even the Herdmans finally understand the spirit of the Christmas story, and help make it “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.” 

Currently at the Playhouse: Man of La Mancha, rated PG-13, co-sponsored by Cumberland County Bank & Dr. Anthony Wilson, through Sept. 27; Ring of Fire — The Music of Johnny Cash, rated PG, sponsored by Stonehaus Winery through Oct. 19; and To Kill a Mockingbird, rated PG, sponsored by Kenneth and Carol Ann Chadwell/Looney, Looney & Chadwell, PLCC and plays through Nov. 3. Coming up September 21-23 is The Golden Dragon Acrobats of China. Tickets and information are also available for Southern Stars Symphonic Brass Band and other events.