Temple Civic Theatre will present a special Youth Production of The Best Christmas Pageant Ever directed by Betsi Chamlee. Performances will be Friday, December 12 at 7:30 p.m. (note the earlier time), Saturday, December 13 at 2:30 p.m. and Sunday, December 14 at 2:30 p.m. (both are matinees).
This is a special production and is not a part of the main-series season tickets. Reserved seat tickets are $15 for adults and $8 for students and children. Tickets are currently available online. The Box Office, staffed by a live person, is open Tuesday-Friday from 9:30 to 1:30, and one hour before each performance.
Beth Bradley (Megan Sloane) narrates the story of a family of incorrigible children (the Herdmans) who join the cast of the annual Christmas Pageant at her church. Beth is the daughter of Bob and Grace Bradley (Jeff Sims and Dharma Saiz), and has a younger brother named Charlie (Daniel Shrode).
It was Charlie who told one of the Herdmans that they could get free food if they showed up at Sunday school — never thinking they would actually attend. The day the Herdmans showed up was the day that the Christmas Pageant parts were being assigned.
The Herdmans (Kolby Kosel, Kira Ziehr, Adam Dlugas, Kayla Podbielski, Madison Hope White and Allison Owens) are the meanest kids in town. They are bullies and do whatever they want.
Mrs. Armstrong (Kelby Kosel) had directed the Christmas Pageant every year until she broke her leg. She convinced Beth’s mom to do it, but still likes to try to control things. When Mrs. Bradley asks for volunteers to play the roles, the Herdmans take over. Alice (Lauren Rodarte) usually plays Mary, but is too afraid to go against Imogene Herdman for the part. But Alice keeps a journal to report every incident during rehearsals to her mother and the Rev. Hopkins (Lauren Pogue).
In the end, the Herdmans discover the Christmas story for the first time and help everyone else rediscover its true meaning.
Other adult roles are played by Brianna Boswell, Taylor Chancellor, Arianna Cruz-Guerra, Ella Ling, Esalma Mojica and Grace Mungia. Other children roles include Reina Barber, Dindy Brown, Houston Brown, Sophia Campos, Skyler Gordon, Aiden Guerra, Rennison Ling, Oliver Lynch, Lyric Jones and Macy Ziehr. Baby Angels include Mahalynn Dickerson, Mallory Jarrell and Tatum Ziehr. Jo Elwood is stage manager, with Mary Casey as costumer.
Below is an article by Susan Chandler that appeared in the Temple Daily Telegram on December 11, 2014.
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