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Auditions set for "Best Christmas Pageant Ever"

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The Phipps Children’s Theater will hold auditions for adults and children ages 8 and older for “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” on Saturday, Oct. 19, between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 20, between noon and 2 p.m. in the Black Box Theater of The Phipps Center for the Arts.

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Parents must accompany their children to auditions. Families are encouraged to audition together. Those auditioning should bring a photo or school picture for the director. All will be asked to read from the script. Monologues will be linked to the audition notice on The Phipps website, www.ThePhipps.org, under Theater Auditions. Actors should also bring a list of conflicts they may have during the rehearsal period.  

Rehearsals will be held on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday evenings as well as some Saturday mornings and Sunday evenings, beginning Oct. 28.

Five performances will be given Dec. 12-15 on Thursday and Friday at 7 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 7 p.m., as well as Sunday at 2 p.m. on the main stage.              

“The Best Christmas Pageant Ever,” by Barbara Robinson, concerns the efforts of Mrs. Bradley and her husband to put on the annual church Christmas pageant, despite having to cast the Herdman kids — “probably the meanest, nastiest, most inventively awful kids in the history of the world!” Ultimately, these outrageous children discover the Christmas story and help everyone else rediscover its meaning. “One of the best Christmas stories ever — and certainly one of the funniest,” according to the Seattle Times.  

Director John Nickolaus-Johnson has been working in Twin Cities theater for close to 30 years. On stage he has played a wide variety of roles, ranging from the lovable Scarecrow in “The Wizard of Oz” to the overbearing Henry Higgins in “My Fair Lady.” Other credits include the Baker in “Into the Woods,” Oliver Warbucks in “Annie,” Noah Curry in “The Rainmaker,” and Beast in “Beauty and the Beast.”

For further information, contact The Phipps Center at (715) 386-2305.

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