Audition Info

Knoxville Children’s Theatre (KCT) is accepting audition submissions on Sunday, October 4 for the upcoming stage production of “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever,” based on the classic novel by Barbara Robinson.

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!

This delightful comedy is adapted from the best-selling book and has become a holiday staple for theatre audiences everywhere, featuring lots of laughs for audiences of all ages.

Actors are asked to complete an online audition appointment form to register for a submission time.  Once the theater receives that request, actors will receive an email with detailed instructions for submitting their auditions. Some actors may be asked to attend a virtual callback on Tuesday, October 6 between 4:30 PM and 6:00 PM.

Audition submissions will be accepted by appointment only. Auditionees may choose from the following appointment times: 4:30 PM, 5:00 PM, 5:30 PM, 6:00 PM, 6:30 PM, 7:00 PM, and 7:30 PM. Up to 8 submissions will be accepted for each appointment time; we will accept a maximum of 54 submissions.

There at least 19 available roles for actors aged 9 to 17.  There are at least four roles for actors making their KCT debut.

Auditionees should prepare a SHORT one-minute monologue from a published play or novel. The monologue should feature comic timing and a theatrical level of volume and expression.

The play’s genre is broad comedy.  Choose an appropriate monologue with large theatrical ranges, preferably from a published play. No songs or poems. Monologues will be evaluated on volume, clearness of diction, depth of emotional expression, and comic timing.  Ability of physical transformation is a major plus.

Auditionees should consult their calendars. All actors will be asked to list all conflicts with the rehearsal schedule which will be provided via email. The director will make every attempt to work around conflicts, whenever possible.

Rehearsals will begin on or around Sunday November 1, continuing through Thursday, December 3.  No rehearsals will be held from November 25-27 in observance of Thanksgiving.

Actors should expect to attend many rehearsals; conflicts may be listed at audition.  Tech rehearsals, on November 29, 30, December 1, 2, 3 are mandatory.

Actors must also be available for all 16 regular performances: December 3 through December 20, Thursdays through Sundays.

Student director Quintin Rhodes, a senior at L&N STEM Academy, will direct the play.

To make an audition appointment: visit  Website submissions only for audition appointments.

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