Loudonville High School Drama Club and Mohican Community Theatre auditions are set for "On the Worst Day of Christmas" on Oct. 23 and 24.

Anyone who has ever been involved with a Christmas pageant will enjoy the light-hearted play titled, "On the Worst Day of Christmas."

In the play, Amanda MacAfee, Christmas pageant director, is determined to out shine the "other" church in town this year.

MacAfee and her committee members plot a new take on the traditional Christmas story. Instead of angels, shepherds, Joseph Mary and baby Jesus; 12 lords a' leaping, eight maids a' milking and a partridge in a pear tree will take center stage.

Not satisfied that their parents have the right idea, the youth take charge and create an alternative "just in case" plan.

Chaos and laughter hold court as the adults learn a heartwarming holiday lesson from the youth.

"On the Worst day of Christmas," a play with traditional music by Faye Couch Reeves, will be presented Dec. 8, 9, and 10 at the Ohio Theatre.

LHS Drama Club Fall Director, Traci Cooper will be directing a "Town and Gown" production.

"With the Ohio Theatre being closed for renovations this fall, I had the idea of doing a combined community (the Town) and high school (the Gown) performance." Cooper said. "This would kill two birds with one stone, so to speak, as both LHS and Mohican Community Theatre usually do fall productions. With the renovations occurring during the regular productions times, we can celebrate the season with two acting groups coming together to celebrate the re-opening of the theatre."

Auditions for the combined LHS Drama Club and Mohican Community Theatre production will be Oct. 23 and 24 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the Budd School Auditorium, with rehearsals planned for Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.

There are parts for all ages. School-age performers from fourth grade through 12th grade are needed. Younger students may participate if a parent is involved with the production.

"I have two parts with heavier lines memorization — Amanda MacAfee, the pageant director and her teenage son, Adam," Cooper said. "All other parts have a lighter load. The wonderful aspect of this show is that all parts — from the adults to teens to younger kids — are all inclusive. Each part as a role to play in spreading the holiday message to our audience."