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Ruston Community Theatre announces auditions for 

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

Audition Dates: Sat. Oct. 4th at 10:00am and
                         Mon. Oct. 6th at 6:30pm

Written by:               Barbara Robinson

Directed by:             Mitch Dufour

Production Dates:   December 4-7, 2014

Presented by:          Ruston Community Theatre

Where:                      The Dixie Center for the Arts

                                          212 N. Vienna, Ruston, LA 71270


Audition Roles: 4 adult males, 6 adult females, 8 boys and 9 girls

The following cast members are needed for the production:

FATHER (Bob Bradley) - solid family man, 35-38

MOTHER (Grace Bradley) - trim, attractive, 35ish

BETH BRADLEY - the narrator, strong voice and presence, 10-11

CHARLIE BRADLEY - traditional kid brother, 8-9

RALPH HERDMAN - ragged, scroungy, slouching manner, touch of adolescent cool, 12-13

IMOGENE HERDMAN - loud, bossy, crafty, 11-12

LEROY HERDMAN - tough, sure of himself, 10-11

CLAUDE HERDMAN - tough, combative, 9-10

OLLIE HERDMAN - looking for trouble, Claude's usual partner in crime, 8-9

GLADYS HERDMAN - small, wiry, feisty, 7-8

ALICE WENDLEKEN - prim, proper, pain in the neck, 10-11

MRS. ARMSTRONG - largish woman, managerial in voice and manner, 50ish

MRS. SLOCUM - pleasant, motherly woman, 35-60

MRS. CLARK - 35-60


MRS. MCCARTHY - a younger, less imperious version of Mrs. Armstrong, middle 40s

MAXINE - l0-ll


HOBIE - 9-10

DAVID - 8-9


FIREMAN - 25-30

FIREMAN - 25-30



DORIS - 9-10

REVEREND HOPKINS - middle to late 40s

Extra angel choir members, baby angels, shepherds

No experience or preparation needed.  It is helpful to attend both auditions, but not required.  TELL A FRIEND ABOUT AUDITIONS.

The Story: In 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!


We believe that live theater can be an enhancement to all individuals, and is an essential part of any thriving community. 

We seek to involve the local community in all aspects of theater production and to provide accessibility to audiences in Ruston, and its surrounding communities. We believe that live theater lifts the spirit and provides a social and educational outlet for our community. We collaborate with artists and theatrical organizations in an effort to facilitate mutual support, recognition, and the exchanging of ideas. 

We work to encourage a thriving community of artists and appreciation of theater within Ruston and surrounding areas. We facilitate workshops, performances, and exhibits in an effort to enrich the lives of all citizens of Ruston. The Ruston Community Theatre strives to unleash the artistic potential of every community member. 

Ruston Community Theatre, believing that live theater can be an enhancement to all individuals, seeks to involve the local community in producing and providing accessibility to audiences in Ruston, Louisiana, and its surrounding communities.

 (318) 255-1450 Fax (318) 255-1425 Ruston Community Theatre P.O. Box 456  Ruston, LA 71273 

Web Site Sponsor
Saul Zalesch


Ruston Community Theater was formed December 19, 1977 by a group of local citizens who loved theater and wanted to create an opportunity for the people of Ruston to direct, act, and attend local community productions. The names of the incorporators were; Mrs. Helen M. Thompson, Ms. Gladys Moore and Ms. Jane Sheppard. 


Charter members; Jeanelle Alexander, Bruce Campbell, Mr. & Mrs. Henry L. Campbell, Jr., Mr & Mrs. Gregory Chapman, Mr. & Mrs. Larry Jarrell, Sidney Landman, Mr. & Mrs. John Leich, Mrs. Gladys Moore, Mrs. Helen Moncrief, Ms. Ann Noble, Mr. & Mrs. Joe G. Sheppard, Mr. & Mrs. David Tucker, Dr. & Mrs. W.Y. Thompson, Ms. Carolyn Young, Bendel L. Tarleton, Ms. Beverly M. Davis, Dr. Reba K. Neel, Mr. & Mrs. W.R. Rives, Mr. & Mrs. Harold Faulkner, Dr. & Mrs. Frank N. Edens, Dr. & Mrs. John D. Winters, Dr. & Mrs. Allen Williams, Mr. & Mrs. William D. Jones, Mr. Rick Frederick, Mr. James Amerson, Mrs. Claire Brown, Dr. & Mrs. Floyd Langford, Dr. & Mrs. S. David Buice, Mr. & Mrs. Harold J. Gilbert, Ms. Kathryn D. Robinson, Mr. & Mrs. Guy D. Leake, Jr., Ms. Winona Painter, Mr. Jack Painter, Dr. & Mrs. Dan Day, Mr. John Day, Mr. Douglas Day, Mr. & Mrs. Gerald Williams, Mrs. Kay Terry, Ms. Sheri K. Crump, Ms. Virginia Kavanaugh, Mr. & Mrs. Don Beasley and Mr. & Mrs. John W. Perritt.


Without a facility the group preformed in various places around the city of Ruston. There was a need for this type of entertainment, and RCT continued to grow over the years. With the renovations of the Dixie Theater, RCT found its permanent home. 


When the Dixie Center for the Arts opened its doors in 2006, RCT moved in as a priority partner. Four plays are presented each season. RCT is governed by a board of directors elected by season membership. 

Call (318) 255-1450 Fax (318) 255-1425 Ruston Community Theatre P.O. Box 456  Ruston, LA 71273
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