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Theatre Coppell Announces Auditions for The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

A stage with a manger, with Christmas lights and shoes hanging from the ceiling


It’s the most popular Christmas show we’ve ever done, so it’s back to liven the holidays! In this hilarious tale, 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 with the Christmas story head on! Family-friendly and one of the best Christmas stories ever. And certainly one of the funniest.

Auditions Details

Audition Dates: Oct 9 - 10

Venue: Coppell Arts Center | Wheelice Wilson Jr. Theatre

Venue Address: 505 Travis Street, Coppell, TX 75019


Director: Ron Chapman Assistant Director: Sarah Martin Stage Manager: Peggy Rosson

Monday, October 9th @ 6:30 PM - [Children roles] Tuesday, October 10th @ 7:00 PM - [Adult roles]

  • Sign up here:

  • Auditions will include readings from the script (sides will be available at the audition)

  • Callbacks will be on Wednesday, October 11th @ 7pm (by invitation only, if needed)

  • Those auditioning should be prepared to list all conflicts or potential conflicts and availability for the rehearsal period as specified in the Audition notice.


  • Rehearsals and performances will be held at the Wheelice Wilson Jr. Theatre at Coppell Arts Center | 505 Travis Street, Coppell, TX 75019

Please be prepared to read from the script. No sides will be made available in advance.

Send an email to if you have any questions regarding the audition.


  • Rehearsals will begin Monday, October 16th, and are generally held on weeknights (Mon., Tues., Thurs., Fri.) from 7:00pm to 10:00pm, and Sunday afternoons from 2:00pm to 5:00pm.

  • Detailed rehearsal schedules will be made available upon the completion of casting.



Dec 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17

Available Roles

All roles are available. Theatre Coppell seeks diverse performers, including but not limited to, ethnicity, race, color, country of origin, sex, gender, sexual orientation, body size, marital status, adults of all ages, religion, beliefs, political affiliations, socioeconomic status, experiences, and any form of disability.

  • Father (Bob Bradley) - solid family man [age range 35-38]

  • Mother (Grace Bradley) - trim, attractive [age range 35ish]

  • Beth Bradley - the narrator, strong voice and presence [age range 10-11]

  • Charlie Bradley - traditional kid brother [age range 8-9]

  • Ralph Herdman - ragged, scroungy, slouching manner, with a touch of adolescent cool [age range 12-13]

  • Imogene Herdman - loud, bossy, crafty [age range 11-12]

  • Leroy Herdman - tough, sure of himself [age range 10-11]

  • Claude Herdman - tough, combative [age range 9-10]

  • Ollie Herdman - looking for trouble, Claude’s usual partner in crime [age range 8-9]

  • Gladys Herdman - small, wiry, feisty [age range 7-8]

  • Alice Wendleken - prim, proper, pain in the neck [age range 10-11]

  • Mrs. Armstrong - largish woman, managerial in voice and manner [age range 50ish]

  • Mrs. Slocum - pleasant, motherly woman [age range 35-60]

  • Mrs. Clark - [age range 35-60]

  • Mrs. Clausing - [age range 35-60]

  • Mrs. McCarthy - a younger, less impervious version of Mrs. Armstrong [age range middle 40s]

  • Maxine - [age range 10-11]

  • Elmer Hopkins -- [age range 12-13]

  • Hobie -- [age range 9-10]

  • David -- [age range 8-9]

  • Beverly -- [age range 7-8]

  • Fireman 1 -- [age range 25-30]

  • Fireman 2 -- [age range 25-30]

  • Shirley -- [age range 5-6]

  • Juanita -- [age range 5-6]

  • Doris -- [age range 9-10]

  • Reverend Hopkins -- [age range middle to late 40s]

  • Extra angel choir members, baby angels, shepherds

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