RCT announces ‘The Best Christmas Pageant Ever’ cast

Ruston Community Theatre has announced the cast for the upcoming show “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever,” directed by Tami Alexander and sponsored by Century Next Bank.

The play is written by Barbara Robinson based on her best-selling young adult book. Auditions were held earlier this fall and drew a crowd of more than 60 kids and teens.

In this comedic 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. 

Most of the roles have been double-cast to accommodate the large number of kids who auditioned. The first name listed will be a part of the “Silent Night” cast and the second name will be in the “Joy to the World” cast.

The cast includes:

FATHER (Bob Bradley) – Johnathan Baines
• MOTHER (Grace Bradley) – Nicole Walker
• BETH BRADLEY – Ava Good/Alexis Phillips
• CHARLIE BRADLEY – Luke Forbes/Carson Walker
• RALPH HERDMAN – Jude Hanchey/Landon Walker
• IMOGENE HERDMAN – Charlotte Hanchey/Ramona Bishop
• LEROY HERDMAN – Caed Baines/Levi Stephenson
• CLAUDE HERDMAN – Owen Hanchey/Andrew King
• OLLIE HERDMAN – John Kelly Crittendon/Davis McDaniel
• GLADYS HERDMAN – Esther Allen/Savannah Scallan
• ALICE WENDLEKEN – Harper Pilgreen/Jari Richardson
• MRS. ARMSTRONG – Siriana Kilpatrick/Renee Cook
• MRS. SLOCUM – Adrienne Scallan
• MRS. CLARK – Elena Baines
• MRS. CLAUSING – Isabelle St. Amant/Molly Foy
• MRS. MCCARTHY – Emogene Alexander
• MAXINE – Alice Roberts/Kaejha Stewart
• ELMER HOPKINS – William Cox/Gabe Garcia
• HOBIE – Jace Baines/Drew Cantrell

• DAVID -Nash Kilpatrick/Evan Sloan
• BEVERLY -Mary Brooks Wheelus/Mia Le • SHIRLEY -Avery Cox/Bess Black
• JUANITA -Olivia Good/Anniston Walker • DORIS – Dove Kilpatrick/Audrey Purvis
• REVEREND HOPKINS – James Roberts • FIREMEN – Grayson Allen, Ben Smith
•PARAMEDICS – Chloё Alexander, Grisham Locke
• BABY ANGELS – Riley Ann Martin, Allie Jo Martin, Evelyn Carter, Penny Roberts, Perry Thornton
• ENSEMBLE – Chelsea Deforest, Vivi Frederick, Lindsay Holmes Delo, Emma Houston, Avery Madden, Leah Sloan, Olivia Smith, Isabelle St Amant, Hailey Roberts, Jessie Roberts, James Smith

The show dates will be Nov. 30 through Dec. 3, Thursday through Saturday at 7 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m. at The Dixie Center for the Arts in Ruston.

For more information call the box office at (318) 595-0872 or follow RCT on Facebook or Instagram.