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AUDITIONS: The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

Treasure Valley Children's Theater

Saturday, October 7, 2017 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM (MDT)

AUDITIONS: The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
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I am a current TVCT student age 6-13 and I want to audition! Oct 7, 2017 Free  

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PLEASE READ ALL OF THIS INFORMATION CAREFULLY BEFORE REGISTERING. 

Treasure Valley Children's Theater, The Village at Meridian and Mountain America Credit Union are pleased to announce AUDITIONS for the play "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever" by Barbara Robinson, directed by Autumn Kersey.

This production is slightly different than our traditional Young Performers program. For the first time the Treasure Valley Children's Theater adult acting company will be joining the young performers on stage! We are limiting auditions to current Treasure Valley Children's Theater students ages 6-13 only. If you are currently enrolled in a TVCT education program or if you have participated in a TVCT education or performance program since January 1, 2017 and you are between the ages of 6 and 13, you may register to audition. If you are not a TVCT theater student you are invited to learn about our Fall 2017 education and training programs here and join our email list for information about an open audition opportunity coming in Dec. 2017 for our Spring musical!

NOTE: We do not have roles for students older than 13 or younger than 6. 

Like our other Young Performers programs, cast members will receive additional education in leadership, fundraising, marketing, budgeting, team work, creative problem solving and more. This is considered a leadership development program for youth as well as a fun performance opportunity. If you think you're ready for the commitment, read on!

"The Best Christmas Pageant Ever" is a play adapted from the popular book by the same titleIn 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 with the Christmas story head on. Note: There will be some singing in the production of classic holiday songs.

Relevant themes: Family Dynamics, Bullying, Poverty, Accepting Differences, Christianity, Role Modeling, Compassion, Courage

Treasure Valley Children's Theater students ages 6-13 who are currently enrolled or have participated in an education or performance program since January 1, 2017 are invited to audition. We have roles for 20 actors.

  • Beth Bradley, 10-11 y.o.: Large role for an experienced female actor
  • Charlie Bradley, 8-9 y.o.: Supporting role for an experienced male actor with comedic timing
  • Ralph Herdman, 12-13 y.o.: Supporting role for an experienced male actor
  • Imogene Herdman, 11-12 y.o.: Supporting role for an experienced female actor 
  • Leroy Herdman, 10-11 y.o.: Supporting role for a male actor with some experience
  • Claude Herdman, 9-10 y.o.: Supporting role for a male actor with some experience
  • Ollie Herdman, 8-9 y.o.: Supporting role for a male or female actor with some experience
  • Gladys Herdman, 7-8 y.o.: Large role for an experienced female actor with a lot of charisma
  • Alice Wendleken, 10-11 y.o.: Supporting role for an experienced female actor
  • Maxine, 10-11 y.o.: Supporting role for a female actor with some experience, must be a strong reader/narrator
  • Elmer Hopkins, 12-13 y.o.: Small role (8 lines) for a male actor with some experience
  • Hobie, 9-10 y.o.: Small role (6 lines) for a male actor with some experience
  • David, 8-9 y.o.: Small role (5 lines) for a male actor with some experience
  • Angel Choir Beverly, 6-8 y.o.: Small singing role, no lines but featured action in one scene
  • Baby Angel Shirley, 6-7 y.o.: Small singing role (2 lines) for a female actor with some experience
  • Baby Angel Juanita, 6-7 y.o.: Small singing role (1 line) for a female actor with some experience
  • Angel Choir Doris, 8-10 y.o.: Small singing role (1 line) for a female actor with some experience
  • Angel Choir, 8-12 y.o.: Singing role
  • Angel Choir, 8-12 y.o.: Singing role
  • Angel Choir, 8-12 y.o.: Singing role

Performances:
Performances of "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever" will be presented:

  • MERIDIAN: Friday, Dec. 1 2pm for the Meridian Middle School student body; Friday Dec. 1, 7pm at Meridian Middle School for the community; Saturday, Dec. 2, 2pm at Meridian Middle School for the community.
  • NAMPA: Dec. 8, 7pm & Dec. 9, 2pm at Awaken Church in Nampa for the community
  • BOISE: Dec. 15, 7pm & Dec. 16, 2pm at Boise Little Theater for the community

All cast members and a parent will be required to attend a mandatory Parent/Cast meeting 10AM-12PM on Saturday, Oct. 28 at the New Ventures Lab (NVL), 33 E. Idaho Ave., Meridian.

Rehearsals are MANDATORY! Cast members are expected to attend EVERY rehearsal their character is called for. Not all characters will be called for every rehearsal.

  • Sat. Oct. 28, 10am-12pm at NVL - MANDATORY Cast/Parent Meeting and Sponsorship Training 
  • Fri. Nov. 3, 6-8:30pm at NVL - Cast connect, First reading, Learn music
    • CALLED: All Cast except Reverend Hopkins (Baby Angels may leave at 7:30pm)
  • Sat. Nov. 4 at NVL
    • 10am-12pm CALLED: All Youth except Baby Angels for our leadership workshop
    • 12pm Lunch Break (cast not called for the afternoon may leave)
    • 1pm-4pm CALLED: Beth, Charlie, Mother, Father, Mrs. Armstrong/McCarthy, Mrs. Slocum for Blocking all ‘A’ scenes
  • Fri. Nov. 10, 6-8:30pm at NVL - Cast connect, Run blocked scenes, Review music
    • CALLED: All Cast except Reverend Hopkins (Baby Angels may leave at 7pm)
  • Sat. Nov. 11 at NVL
    • 10am-12pm CALLED: All Youth except Baby Angels for our character development workshop
    • 12pm Lunch Break (cast not called for the afternoon may leave)
    • 1pm-4pm CALLED: Mother, All Youth except Baby Angels for Blocking all ‘B’ scenes 
  • OFF BOOK NOV. 17
  • Fri. Nov. 17, 6-8:30pm at NVL - Cast connect, Run blocked scenes inserting Baby Angels, Review music, Blocking all ‘C’ scenes
    • CALLED: All Cast including Reverend Hopkins (Baby Angels may leave at 7:30pm)
  • Sat. Nov. 18 at NVL
    • 10am-12pm CALLED: All Youth except Baby Angels for our team building workshop
    • 12pm Lunch Break
    • 1pm-4pm CALLED: All Cast to the Run show
  • Mon. Nov. 20, 6-8:30pm at NVL - Run show
    • CALLED: All Cast except Reverend Hopkins (Baby Angels may leave at 7pm)
  • Tues. Nov. 21, 6-8:30pm at NVL - Run show
    • CALLED: All Cast except Reverend Hopkins (Baby Angels may leave at 7pm)
  • OFF Nov. 22-26 for Thanksgiving
  • Wed. Nov, 22 SPONSORSHIPS DUE
  • Tues. Nov. 28, 7-8:30pm at NVL - Run show
    • CALLED: All Cast (Baby Angels may leave at 8pm)
  • Wed. Nov. 29, 5-7pm at MMS: Load-In, Tech, Dress
    • CALLED: All Cast
  • Thurs. Nov. 30, 5:30-8pm at MMS: Final Dress 
    • CALLED: All Cast
  • SHOW Fri. Dec. 1, 7pm at MMS
    • CALL TIMES: 5:30pm Adult Cast, 5:45pm Youth Cast, 6pm Baby Angels, 6:30pm Warm Ups
  • SHOW Sat. Dec. 2, 2pm at MMS
    • CALL TIMES: 12:30pm Adult Cast, 12:45pm Youth Cast, 1pm Baby Angels, 1:30pm Warm Ups
  • STRIKE Sat. Dec. 2, 3:30pm
    • CALLED: All hands on deck
  • Thurs. Dec. 7: Load-In, Tech, Dress at Awaken Church in Nampa
  • SHOW Fri. Dec. 8, 7pm at Awaken Church in Nampa
  • SHOW Sat. Dec. 9, 2pm at Awaken Church in Nampa
  • STRIKE Sat. Dec. 9, 3:30pm
    • CALLED: All hands on deck
  • Thurs. Dec. 14, 5:30-7pm at Boise Little Theater: Tech and Dress
    • CALLED: All Cast
  • SHOW Fri. Dec. 15, 7pm at Boise Little Theater
    • CALL TIMES: 5:30pm Adult Cast, 5:45pm Youth Cast, 6pm Baby Angels, 6:30pm Warm Ups
  • SHOW Sat. Dec. 16, 2pm at Boise Little Theater
    • CALL TIMES: 12:30pm Adult Cast, 12:45pm Youth Cast, 1pm Baby Angels, 1:30pm Warm Ups
  • STRIKE Sat. Dec. 16, 3:30pm
    • CALLED: All hands on deck

NOTE: Our Young Performer programs are an intense time commitment. If you anticipate missing a scheduled rehearsal, please reconsider auditioning. 

Fees:
There is no fee to audition. If cast, there is a $65 materials fee - HOWEVER - we want your young performer to raise this fee through fundraising or sponsorship. A major goal of our performance programs is teaching life and leadership skills that students will use in the future. We will teach your young performer to approach local businesses to request support for their participation in the program. We want every student to try. They may not be successful, but we want them to try. If a student is unsuccessful in earning a sponsor by Nov. 22, you will be invoiced the materials fee. The materials fee includes ALL production materials, a script, over 30 hours of training, a cast T-shirt and memories they will carry with them forever! 

How to Audition:
If you are a current TVCT student ages 6-13 and you'd like to audition, please register through this event portal. There is no fee to audition. Please DO NOT register for this program unless you are serious about the commitment required to participate. 

We audition in groups of 12. The audition lasts 1 hour and will include theater games, learning and singing a group holiday song, and reading lines from the script. You do not need to prepare anything for the audition. Auditions are closed to outside observers. A waiting area is available.

Questions? STOP! Before you contact us with your question, please read the information provided here again. We may have already answered your question. If your question is not answered in this information, please email us at info@treasurevalleychildrenstheater.com.

"The Best Christmas Pageant Ever" is Directed by Autumn Kersey with support from Mary Jensen and Julia Pachoud Bennett.

"The Best Christmas Pageant Ever" is supported by The Village at Meridian, Mountain America Credit Union, The Jedidiah Snelson Agency and Cleanup & Total Restoration. If you know a business interested in supporting this production, please contact us!

Have questions about AUDITIONS: The Best Christmas Pageant Ever? Contact Treasure Valley Children's Theater

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New Ventures Lab, Inc
33 East Idaho Avenue
Meridian, ID 83642

Saturday, October 7, 2017 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM (MDT)


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