The Other Wiseman

A Festival of Lessons and Carols


Adult Company & Touring Company

Adult Company

What will we be doing?

You can learn more about our vision here. To sum it up, we love the art and craft of theater! It’s hard to describe the unique juxtaposition of acting, dance, music, rhetoric, spectacle, humor and pathos in the live company of one another and our audience. We take live theater as an opportunity to practice charity towards our fellow actors and crew and towards our audience, to engage in mutual support, service, and compassion. We value the chance to share our gifts by mentoring younger casts and by welcoming their contribution via “cameos” in our productions.
We’re committed to the integration of faith and theater. We want “to tell the truth, beautifully” through powerful, magical, creative stories, and enjoy every minute of it!
We’ll be rehearsing scenes, running lines, inventing costumes, working on props and sets, laughing at our own “bloopers,” developing characters, dancing, singing, making music, and enjoying the company of friends.
If you’re interested in doing something meaningful and delightful in the company of others, join us for the Adult Company production of The Other Wiseman: A Festival of Lessons and Carols in Christmas 2020.


Adults, 18+.


Where: Tippecanoe Arts Federation, Wells Community Cultural Center, 638 North Street, Lafayette, IN 47901

Key Dates:

6/24/20 Application & Registration Opens
8/18/20 Last day to apply & register
8/23/20 – Opening Meeting/Auditions at the Wells Center. Choose an audition timeslot during registration.
Rehearsals will take place 10 AM-4 PM on most Saturdays in the fall, beginning September 12, 2020. A finalized schedule will be given after casting.
10/28/20 Ticket Sales Open
11/20/20 Last day to sell or submit advertising and shout-outs.
Play weeks & Performances: 11/30/20-12/13/20
Note for college students: we understand that many universities/colleges are scheduling finals week right around this time. We can work with your schedules! For planning purposes, here is the current DRAFT schedule for play week (no more than 2 dress rehearsals per week):
  • Play Weeks
  • If needed, extra dress rehearsal 12/1, 6:30 PM - 9 PM
  • 11/30, 10 AM-4 PM Dress Rehearsal
  • 12/7, 6:30-9 PM Dress Rehearsal
  • 12/8, 6:30-9 PM Dress Rehearsal
  • 12/11 5-9 PM Performance
  • 12/12 1-9 PM Performances
  • 12/13 1-5 PM Performance
(TOURING COMPANY ONLY) Play week and performances: 12/30/20-1/3/21.
Cast Party in the first week of January.

Is there a cost?

Participation in the Adult Company is totally free! We’re only asking each member to help support each other’s participation in the production
1) by selling sponsorships and program advertisements and shout-outs,
2) by volunteering or encouraging friends to volunteer with our Adult Company (Lafayette), Youth Cast (Lafayette), or Youth Camp (Louisville),
3) and by selling tickets.

Make it happen!

Learn how to help in these three ways; learn how you can help us make it happen! If we can meet our fundraising goal, it will help us cover the costs of this production as well as help us discern if we can offer further Adult Company Productions in 2021. Help us make it happen!

Application & Registration open 6/24

On the feast of the birthday of St. John the Baptist; only six months to Christmas Day!

Make It Happen

Support our production with every advertisement sold

Businesses, friends, and family can support the fall session and your participation in it by purchasing space for an advertisement or shout-out, or by sponsoring t-shirts and/or tickets.

Coming soon! Click here to go to our Advertising Purchase Page with rate cards and specifications.
We have 1 t-shirt sponsorship available until 8/13/20.

We have 1 ticket sponsorship available until 10/14/20.

Program ads and shout-outs can be sold now through 11/20/20.

Sponsorship, ad, and shout-out copy/digital files must be submitted no later than 5 PM on these deadline days.
During purchase of ad space, purchasers have the option to indicate the seller. If you are the seller, you can direct purchasers to indicate you as the seller.
Encourage businesses to show their support for live, local theater and for our integration of faith and theater during multiple performances to a targeted, Christian, family-friendly audience.

Shout-outs: cast members and volunteers absolutely love getting good wishes from family and friends. Encourage family and friends to send a note to your special cast/crew members via a short shout-out!


Love theater? Bardstreet is always interested in volunteers. We have a limited number of stipends for enthusiastic volunteers, both for our adult company as well as our youth cast in Lafayette and our youth camp in Louisville.
The fall session will be led and directed by Dr. Gwen Adams, with the help of adult volunteers with Bardstreet. All Bardstreet volunteers are practicing Roman Catholics over 18 years of age. If they are working with one of our youth casts/camps, they have also completed a Safe Environment Training Workshop and recent background check with the Catholic diocese where the youth theater production is being held. We are unable to accept every volunteer.
Interested in volunteering? Contact us at and share a little bit about 1) Why you would like to volunteer and 2) Why you would be a great volunteer for our theater program.

Tickets go on sale 10/28/20

Opening Meeting & Auditions

Everyone interested in participating in the Adult Company production should complete online application/registration and plan to attend the Opening Meeting on August 23, 2020. In addition to roles in the play itself, we have space for crew, house staff, musicians, chorus, and volunteers. Acceptance and casting will be announced shortly after August 23.
Sign up for preferred meeting and/or audition time during online application/registration. The meeting will be held at the beginning of the timeslot and last about 30 minutes. Those who want to audition should plan to remain about 45 minutes afterward. Spaces are limited per meeting and meeting timeslot will be closed when full.

What are the main speaking roles?

ABDUS, RHODASPES, ISCAR (m): timid wisemen.
ABGARUS (m): ARTABAN’S mentor.
ARTABAN (m): the Other Wiseman.
ESTHER (w): she explains to ARTABAN what is happening on the Way of the Cross.
GILL (m): young 13-year-old servant boy who accompanies ARTABAN.
GYPSY 1 (m/w): conniving and saucy rogue.
GYPSY 2 (m/w): this gypsy has a soft heart.
MERCHANT (m): tries to sell MIRIAM into slavery.
MIRIAM (w): a poor girl about to be sold into slavery whom ARTABAN rescues.
NARRATOR (m/w): both inside and outside the story, this mysterious character dresses all in black and appears with the Gypsies. Gives a hint of the story being a play within a play.
RABBI (m): He counsels ARTABAN.
RACHEL (w): a kind woman whom ARTABAN meets.
RUTH (w): Innkeeper’s wife.
SICK MAN (m): ARTABAN helps him and thereby misses his rendezvous with the three WISEMEN.
TIGRANES (m): cynical wiseman.

What is the audition like?

You must be registered to audition and have signed up for a particular timeslot. Auditions will last about 45 minutes. The session will begin with a group warm-up to get everyone comfortable for the audition, followed by individual and/or group reading of scenes. You will be asked to read and act out one or more parts during these group scenes.
You should prepare a selection from the play (need not be memorized). Selection(s) coming soon!
You should also be prepared to sing a chorus and first verse (melody line) from the following Christmas carols: “Past Three O’Clock” and “Gaudete.” If you can sing solo acapella, you will be asked to do so. Otherwise, you will be accompanied by 1 or more persons and instruments.
You can view sheet music here for “Past Three O’Clock.” You can also listen to a version of “Past Three O’Clock” here. We will be performing something similar in melody and tempo (although not necessarily in orchestration and arrangement.)
You can view sheet music here for “Gaudete.” You can also listen to a version of “Gaudete” here. We will be performing something similar in melody and tempo (although not necessarily in orchestration and arrangement.)
The best way to prepare is to read the play or story, wear something comfortable, and get ready to have fun!


What are rehearsals like?

In addition to rehearsing scenes, we’ll typically spend some time doing warm-up and theater exercises, practice some of the singing (there are 12+ carols in this play!), go through one or more of the dance scenes, and generally laughing a lot. There are moments of brilliance which can bring tears to your eyes. There’s the “rush” of getting a character or a scene or a harmony or a dance sequence “right.” There are tons of “bloopers” along the way which adds to the silliness and enjoyment. It’s a great way to spend time with people, offering a nicely balanced mix of freedom and structure. And there’s the joy of doing something really meaningful in collaboration with others, of “telling the truth beautifully,” in the footsteps of the Rhapsodic Theatre and John Paul II.


Acceptance and casting will be announced shortly after auditions. Final schedules will be handed out. Forms and any T-shirt payments will be due at the first rehearsal. Actors with lines are expected to read the script and be “off-book,” that is, have their lines memorized by the third week of rehearsal.

What should cast members bring to rehearsal and performance?

Recommended: a water bottle, a snack, and comfortable clothes. The Wells Center has a drinking fountain and water bottle refill station.


Each member of the cast is responsible for creating his or her own costume and for bringing it to rehearsal for review (cast schedule will specify when and costume descriptions will be given with other forms and waivers). Affordable, simple, but inventive costumes can be made from thrift store materials or items already owned. We love creativity!

Touring Company

The Touring Company will be composed of members of the Adult Company. At minimum, we would be taking the show on the road to Louisville, KY and collaborating with Bardstreet Youth Camp, for some or all of the period between Dec. 30-Jan. 3. If members of the Touring Company are interested and schedule permits, we may secure additional venues within a 1.5 hour driving distance. If you’re interested in hearing more, you can indicate this during online application/registration. We’ll be sharing more information and details with the Adult Company in the fall.

Other Questions?

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