Upcoming Events

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Performance: "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever" 7:00pm

Friday, November 15, 2019

Performance: "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever" 7:00pm

Saturday, November 16, 2019

Performance: "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever" 2:30pm

Saturday, November 16, 2019

Performance: "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever" 7:00pm

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Performance: "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever"  2:30pm

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Performance: "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever"  7:00pm


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Mailing Address:

Ardmore Little Theater

P.O.Box 245

Ardmore, OK  73402

Physical Location:

The Charles B. Goddard Center

401 First Ave., SW

Ardmore, OK  73401

Upcoming Auditions

Auditions: October 7 & 8, 2019 at 7:00pm

Performances:  November 14 - 17, 2019

Thursday, Nov 14th at 7:00pm     (Green Cast)

    Friday, Nov 15th at 7:00pm   (Red Cast)

    Saturday Matinee, Nov 16th at 2:30pm  (Green Cast)

    Saturday, Nov 16th at 7:00pm  (Red Cast)

    Sunday Matinee, Nov 17th at 2:30pm  (Red Cast)     

    Sunday, Nov 17th at 7:00pm  (Green Cast)

Directed by Monica Stolfa and Margi Thompson

    Beth Bradley's church's Christmas pageant is predictable every year -- the angel choir wears too much lipstick, the shepherds are all in their father's bathrobes, the minister's son is permanently cast in the role of Joseph -- hardly “four-star entertainment.” But when seasoned and authoritative pageant director Mrs. Armstrong breaks her leg, it is up to Beth's inexperienced mother Grace to step in. The timing couldn't be worse, as the rambunctious Herdman children, a rough and tough group of siblings from the wrong side of the tracks, descend upon the pageant, lured by the promise of free dessert at Sunday school, and determined to win all the lead roles for themselves. The Ladies' Aid Society members are beside themselves with disapproval, all the shepherds quit because Gladys Herdman “hits too hard”, the show is briefly re-titled “Revenge at Bethlehem”, and the church catches on fire. But Beth and her community watch in surprise as the same old Christmas story is rejuvenated by the creativity, energy, and unexpected sincerity of a misunderstood young family. Mary Robinson's The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, based on her novel of the same name, is a widely beloved Christmas tale, warm and incredibly funny, full of characters both relatable and utterly unique.

Male Characters

Father (Bob Bradley): Age range: Mid to late 30's

Solid family man...and a bit clueless in matters outside the home. Tries to support Grace.

Charlie Bradley: Age range: 8 - 9

An "all American" kid. Brimming with logic and bravado.  A "David" to the Herdman's "Goliath".

Ralph Herdman: Age range: 12 - 13

The senior Herdman boy. Quiet, brutish, leader of the pack. A menacing "giant".

Leroy Herdman: Age range: 10 - 11

Second in command. Tough and sure of himself.

Claude Herdman: Age range: 9 - 10

A tough kid who fights for his territory.

Ollie Herdman: Age range: 8 - 9

Looking for trouble, Claude's usual partner in crime.

Elmer Hopkins: Age range: 12 - 13 Minister's son, slightly nerdish in appearance.  Would like to be a regular kid.

Hobie: Age range: 9 - 10

A nice kid with some weight issues. Often a target for bullying.

David: Age range: 8 - 9 A bright kid.  Inquisitive and overly helpful.

Firemen (2): Age ranges: 20 - 40  Also participate as "Moving Men" and church members. Good comic routines with few lines.

Reverend Hopkins: Age range: mid 30s - mid 40s. A man of faith and loving father.  Somewhat bullied by Mrs. Armstrong and very concerned with appearances.  Participates in "improvisational" interaction with the audience (parishioners).

Angel choir members: Age range 8 - 15. Participate in most "kid" scenes and sing the brief carols in the Pageant.  Great ensemble/chorus opportunity with lots to do.

Female Characters

Mother (Grace Bradley): Age range: 35ish. Trim, attractive, loving wife and mother. Put upon by ladies of the Church Auxiliary to direct (Mrs. Armstrong's) Christmas Pageant.  The heroine of this story!

Beth Bradley: Age range: 10 - 11. Older sister to Charley.  Beth tells us the story through narration and participation.  Strong presence and speaking skills a must.

Imogene Herdman: Age range: 11 - 12. The older Herdman sister.  A classroom bully and absolute renegade.  Challenges authority with brassiness, petulance and threats.  Ultimately a lovely young girl in the final scenes.

Gladys Herdman: Age range: 7 - 8. Small, feisty; a creative firecracker. She's all about fun.

Alice Wendleken: Age range: 10 - 11. Prim, proper, pain in the neck who challenges Beth frequently.

Mrs. Armstrong: Age range: 50ish. The town Matriarch who dominates the Ladies' Auxiliary and tries to run the show even while in traction.  A bossy, demanding know-it-all.  

Mrs. Slocum: Age range: 35 - 60. A pleasant, motherly woman who seeks to help.  A team player.

Mrs. Clark: Age range: 35 - 60. Ladies Auxiliary member and sympathetic to Grace's dilemma.

Mrs. Clausing: Age range: 35 - 60. Another member of the Ladies Auxiliary who tries to be helpful and supportive.

Mrs. McCarthy: Age range: mid 40s. A younger, less imperious version of Mrs. Armstrong.  A bit bossy and a hindrance to Grace's progress.

Maxine: Age range: 10 - 11. Participates in all rehearsals and performs as the "Narrator" during the pageant.

Beverly: Age range: 7 - 9

Shirley: Age range: 7 - 8

Juanita: Age range: 7 - 8

Doris: Age range: 9 - 10

All of the above are children in the town who play characters in pageant rehearsals and in the pageant.  Each has an opportunity to be a part of the action throughout the play.

Angel choir members: Age range 8 - 15

Participate in most of the "kid" scenes and sings the brief carols within the Pageant.  Great ensemble/chorus opportunity with lots to do.