Auditions:  October 17 - 18

Location: Tyler Civic Theatre Center

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 Young Adult book, and has become a holiday staple for groups across the United States!

TCTC is looking for child actors* who can appear 7-13 years old and adult actors who can appear 30 years old and up.

(Please note: the ages listed may be flexible, especially for the adults.)
FATHER (BOB BRADLEY) - a 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 - 10-11
HOBIE - 9-10
DAVID - 8-9
FIREMAN - 25-30
DORIS - 9-10
REVEREND HOPKINS - middle to late 40s

All auditions and rehearsals will be in person at the Tyler Civic Theatre.
400 Rose Park Drive, next to the Tyler Rose Garden

Auditions will be conducted by cold reading selections from the script. These scenes will be provided by the director. Your best preparation for auditions is to be familiar with the story told in the book by the same title.

*Please do NOT get your child a fresh haircut for auditions – at least 6 of the child characters in this show should appear ‘ragged’.
To facilitate the casting of believable family groups, the director requests actors attend both nights of auditions, if possible.

Rehearsals are tentatively scheduled for Monday - Friday evenings from 6:00-8:30 PM. Specific time may change slightly based on the availability of those cast and the needs of the production.

Production dates are December 1-4 and December 8-11, 2022, as well as two daytime performances for school groups December 6 and 7.

**Please bring any known scheduling conflicts to your audition. **
If you have any questions, please contact the theatre at 903-592-0561 or via email at


Preparing for the Audition

  • The days activities should be appropriately scheduled on the day of your audition. Be well rested and fed.
  • Pre-read the play or songs for which the audition is being held if possible. Some publishers allow you to order a script. Find the publishers name listed with the play name above.
  • Rehearse your song or monologue for the audition.
  • Be aware of your needs for script, music and musical accompaniment in singing auditions.
  • Dress appropriately for dance auditions: comfortable clothing and proper dance shoes.
  • Call backs are sometimes held after auditions for the director to check voice, look, interaction or other factors that will help in casting. Callbacks do not mean that you are going to get a part and not getting called back does not mean you are not going to get the part. It is just an opportunity for the director to check something that might not have been apparent the first time around or to check dynamics of a group or pairing.

Two forms are required before you can audition, the Audition Information Sheet and the Media Release Form.  Blank forms will be available at the Theatre, or, if you click HERE, you can print out blank forms, fill them in and bring them with you to the audition.  NOTE:  This is a 'fill-in' PDF form.  Some browsers let you fill in the form fields on the form from the browser.  Or, you can download the PDF and use a PDF reader (like Adobe Reader DC) to fill out the form on your computer and print out a nice, legible form to bring with you.

If you are cast, please fill out a medical release FORM CLICK HERE
(please print and Bring with you. it is mandatory)

Social Distancing and auditioning

The Tyler Civic Theatre Center is dedicated to the health and safety of all employees, volunteers, actors, auditioners, cast, crew, patrons and visitors.

We are practicing social distancing and the instructions from experts and our state government.

This makes auditioning complicated.  Each production has its own challenges.

Some auditions might be in social-distanced in-person.  Others might use streaming technologies like Zoom.  In other cases, the director may only want audition tapes (or other media).

There will be more specific information appended to this page for each specific audition as it becomes available.

Theater Terms

Audition. A formally arranged session for an actor to display his or her talents when seeking a role in an upcoming production of a play, film or television project, usually to a casting director, director or producers.

Blocking. In rehearsals, actors practice the required movements, in a pattern or along a path, for a given scene that allows them to avoid any awkward positions, such as one actor walking in front of another actor or standing with his or her back to the audience.

Callback. A second audition where an actor is either presented to the producer and director or, in the case of commercials, is filmed on tape again for final consideration.

Call Time. The time you are supposed to report to the set.

Cold Reading. Delivering a speech or acting a scene at an audition without having read it beforehand.

Diaphragm. The lower part of the lungs, filling the abdominal space, that supports the voice when actors and singers breathe correctly on stage.

Downstage. The area of the stage closest to the audience.

Greenroom. Where actors wait to go onstage. Not necessarily green.

Hot Sheet. A notice that comes out once a week with up to date information for actors.

Monologue. A speech used by an actor to demonstrate his or her ability at an audition.

Notes. Instructions, usually regarding changes in an actor’s blocking or performance, given after a rehearsal by the director, musical director, choreographer or stage manager.

Off-book. When an actor knows his or her lines and no longer needs to carry the script.

Props. Any moveable object, from a letter to a sword, used by an actor during a performance.

Read-through. When the director and the actors sit around a table and read through the entire script to get familiar with the story, their roles, and their fellow actors.

Stage Left. The side of the stage that is to the actor’s left as he or she faces the audience.

Stage Right. The side of the stage that is to the actor’s right as he or she faces the audience.

Strike. To remove something from a set, or tear it down.

Understudy. An actor, often playing a small role, who learns another role, so as to be able to perform it if the regular actor is ill.

Upstage. The rear area of the stage farthest from the audience; also used to describe an actor’s attempt to distract audience attention from what another actor is doing.

Tyler Civic Theatre is a community theatre, which means that the actors who perform on our stage are everyday people who have a talent and interest in the theatre. Everyone from the novice to the most seasoned actor is welcome to audition for our productions. From musicals to comedies, dramas, and children's productions, there is something for everyone. We look forward to seeing you at an upcoming audition!