The Newington Children’s Theatre Company, CT’s longest operating children’s theatre, is holding auditions for their holiday production of The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, September 14th and 15th, by appointment. Interested children, ages 8-18, are asked to memorize a monologue from the audition packet (download at www.NCTCArts.org) and a holiday song of their choosing. While The Best Christmas Pageant Ever is not a musical, there will be some holiday songs incorporated. Please note that there are singing and non-singing roles available.
Based on the book written by Barbara Robinson, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever tells the story of the Herdmans, the worst kids in the history of the world! They lie, steal, swear, and hit little kids. So no one is prepared when this outlaw family invades church one Sunday and decides to take over the annual Christmas pageant! None of the Herdmans have ever heard the Christmas story before. Their interpretation of the tale — the Wise Men are a bunch of dirty spies and Herod needs a good beating — has a lot of people up in arms. But it will make this year’s pageant the most unusual anyone has seen and, just possibly, the best one ever.
Rehearsals are September 27-December 1 (one to two weeknights, some Saturdays). The show will be double cast to afford more children the opportunity to participate. Performances are December 2-11, Fridays and Saturdays at 7pm and Saturdays and Sundays at 2pm. Each cast will perform up to four (4) performances. Every cast member receives a free show t-shirt. While there is no cost to audition, if cast, there is a $275 participation fee. Payment plans available.
Not quite old enough or ready to audition to take part in our year-round performances? In Performance gives kids, ages 5-8, the opportunity to learn and strengthen their musical theatre skills, while becoming more comfortable with being on stage. Throughout the four-week class, kids learn blocking, music and choreography in preparation to become part of the ensemble of NCTC’s upcoming production. For The Best Christmas Pageant Ever there are three sessions to choose from; October 26-November 16; Wednesdays, 4:30-5:30pm OR October 22-November 19 (no class 11.12) Saturdays, 9:00-10am & 10:30-11:30am. There are two rehearsals with the older cast (TDB) that the younger class is required to attend. Participation fee: $125
Auditions, classes, rehearsals and performances are held at the NCTC Performing Arts Theatre, located at 743 North Mountain Road in Newington. To schedule your child’s audition online, download an audition packet, or for more information, please visit www.NCTCArts.org, or call 860.666.NCTC.