Auditions for “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever”

Auditions for “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever”


Auditions for “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” will take place at the Maple Shade Municipal Building on Sunday, October 12 from 1-3PM and 6-8PM. All roles are available, except for the mother, Grace Bradley. We are looking for children ages 6-16 and adults! Feel free to come to auditions during any of the audition times stated above.

There will be 5 performances – December 6th @ 11AM, 1PM, and 3PM and December 7th @ 2PM and 4PM at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Maple Shade.

“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 theatre across the United States! Features plenty of great roles for children and adults, a few favorite Christmas Carols, and a lot of laughs!”

Directed by: Jillian Starr-Renbjor

FATHER (Bob Bradley) – solid family man
MOTHER (Grace Bradley) – trim, attractive
BETH BRADLEY – the narrator, strong voice and presence
CHARLIE BRADLEY – traditional kid brother
RALPH HERDMAN – ragged, scroungy, slouching manner, touch of adolescent cool
IMOGENE HERDMAN – loud, bossy, crafty
LEROY HERDMAN – tough, sure of himself
CLAUDE HERDMAN – tough, combative
OLLIE HERDMAN – looking for trouble, Claude’s usual partner in crime
GLADYS HERDMAN – small, wiry, feisty
ALICE WENDLEKEN – prim, proper, pain in the neck
MRS. ARMSTRONG – largish woman, managerial in voice and manner
MRS. SLOCUM – pleasant, motherly woman
MRS. MCCARTHY – a younger, less imperious version of Mrs. Armstrong
REVEREND HOPKINS – reverend of church
Extra angel choir members, shepherds

Holiday Heirloom Arts Workshop for Two!

Holiday Heirloom Art Workshops for Two

Join our Fine Arts Director, Nancy Haddon, in a Holiday Heirloom workshop for two! This class is designed for the child and their parent/grandparent/loved one to work together in creating a holiday heirloom for the family. October will consist of a Halloween hierloom, November will consist of a Thanksgiving Day heirloom, and December will consist of a winter holiday heirloom. The class is $25.00 for the pair for one night and you get to choose which night you want to come for each month.

The class is designed for kids in grades PreK to Grade 4.

October 8th and 9th – Halloween decoration (choose 1 date)

November 12th and 13th – Thanksgiving decoration (choose 1 date)

December 3rd and 4th – Christmas/Holiday decoration (choose 1 date)

Location – Maple Shade Municipal Building 6:30PM-8:00PM

To attend the event, please visit our “Upcoming Events” tab to pay for the workshops.

New Logo for Arts Council

We are excited to announce the winner of our end of the school year logo contest. The winner is Lilyanna Baynum, a student at OLPH. She did a wonderful job with the logo and we will be using it for all Arts Council kid programs and workshops. Congrats again Lilyanna!



Once Upon A Mattress Casts Photos

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Once Upon A Mattress Kid’s Show Opens Wednesday!

Our kid’s production of G2K Once Upon A Mattress opens Wednesday, August 6th at 7:30PM at Maple Shade High School. Click on the summer theatre tab or the upcoming events tab for more information and show dates!

Kickstarter Fundraiser

The Arts Council currently has a Kickstarter fundraiser to help with the children’s camp production of “Once Upon A Mattress”. Proceeds will help towards the set, costumes, paint, and other essential materials and supplies. There are also rewards depending on how much you can pledge. Please visit the following link for more information and to pledge to the cause.

3 More Performances of Urinetown

Only 3 more chances to see the show, this Thursday through Saturday, July 17-19 at 7:30PM at Maple Shade High School. Tickets are available online or at the door.

Urinetown Tickets on Sale!

Urinetown the Musical tickets are now on sale! Please click on the Order Tickets tab for more information and to purchase tickets to this hilarious show!

P.J. Whelihan’s Fundraiser on Sunday!

Join us at P.J. Whelihan’s on Sunday, June 1st, between 1PM-4PM to enjoy some food and watch the Phillies vs. Mets game! A percentage of proceeds of all food and drinks will benefit the Maple Shade Arts Council. Come for some fun at 396 S Lenola Rd, Maple Shade Township, NJ.

Urinetown Cast List Revealed

Well, after keeping you in anticipation for a long time, we can finally release the entire cast list. We have a great cast here, full of veteran actors and some actors with only a few shows to their resume. So without further ado, the cast of Urinetown…

Urinetown Cast List


Officer Lockstock
Michael Wemer

Penelope Pennywise
Jillian Starr-Renbjor

Bobby Strong
Matthew Holman

Little Sally
Rachel Smith

Tiny Tom/Dr. Billeaux
Michael Reisman

Mr. McQueen
Robert Richardson

Senator Fipp
Brian Padla

Officer Barrell
Matthew Maerten

Hope Cladwell
April Lindley

Hot Blades Harry/Old Man Strong
James Gallagher

Soupy Sue/Cladwell’s Secretary
Amanda Frederick

Little Becky Two Shoes/Mrs. Millenium
Alexandra Haas

Robby the Stockfish
Matthew Nehring

Caldwell B Cladwell
Brian Blanks

Josephine Strong/Old Woman
Debra Heckmann

Billy Boy Bill
Kate Scharff

Rebels / Ensemble
Devonn Duffin
Leilah Murphy
Michelle Gambino