Best Christmas Pageant Ever"
Center Stage presents "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever"
By LYNN LaFOE @ Delta Democrat Times
nativity scene in the Christmas pageant includes (front
row, from left) shepherds Cameron Brown, Thomas Sherman
and Jamie Dotson; (second row) Erin McKinney, Jacob
Brown, Clay Curry and Rhett Hobart; (standing) Carly
Anne Newsom as an angel, Parker Knutson as RalphHerdman
playing Joseph, Regina Jenkins as Imogene Herdman playing
Mary and (kneeling) Nicole Newsom as Gladys Herdman
portraying the Angel of the Lord and Michael Henry as
Claude Herdman and Justin Kelly as Leroy Herdman playing
the wisemen. (Delta Democrat Times photo by Cassandra
in the spirit of Christmas will be easy this year with Delta
Center Stage's production of "The Best Christmas Pageant
Ever"opening Thursday at Jake and Freda Stein Hall of
E.E. Bass Cultural Arts Center in Greenville.Performances
are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and at 2:30 p.m.
is a funny play with a lot of cute children saying funny lines,"
said Michael Sherman, who along with his wife Maria, is directing
by Barbara Robinson, this delightful comedy is adapted from
the only story ever to run twice in McCall's magazine. "An
American Classic" is McCall's description. "One
of the best Christmas stories ever -- and certainly one of
the funniest," said the Seattle Times.
Best Christmas Pageant Ever" tells the hilarious tale
of the efforts of a woman and her husband to put on the annual
church Christmas pageant despite having to cast the Herdman
kids -- probably the meanest, nastiest, most inventively awful
kids in history.
The action is set in a small (Southern, in this instance)
town during the Christmas season. Everyone is preparing for
the annual Christmas play when the director, Mrs. Armstrong,
played by Michelle Hancock, breaks her leg. "Mrs. Armstrong
is the only one who has ever directed the pageant, so no one
else knows how to do it," Sherman explained. Grace Bradley,
played by Mitzi Hunter, reluctantly accepts the job as director.
With the help of her husband Bob Bradley, played by Scott
Frank, she tries to make the best of the situation. The Bradley's
daughter, Beth, played by Lauren DeLap, acts as the narrator
for the play, setting the scenes and sharing tidbits of information
with the audience.
Hobart plays Beth's younger brother, Charlie Bradley, who
gets full credit for the Herdman kids showing up for auditions.
Having the town's six mot undesirable children coerce their
way into the roles of Mary, Joseph, the three Wisemen and
the Angel of the Lord threatens to ruin the annual Christmas
pageant for everyone.
children are Ralph, played by Parker Knutson; Imogene, played
by Regina Jenkins; Leroy, played by Justin Kelly; Claude played
by Michael Henry; Ollie, played by Rico Hernandez; and Gladys,
played by Nicole Newsom.
though the audition session and all the rehearsals are chaotic,
peace reigns at the "big
production" and the pageant is an overwhelming success.
Even the town's busy bodies, Mrs. Armstrong, Mrs. Slocum played
Maria Borgognoni and Mrs. McCarthy, played by Robin Kelly,
have to admit that it was the best Christmas Pageant ever
-- because of the Herdmans' involvement!
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Greenville, Mississippi Sunday, December 02, 2001
cast members are Whitney Baskin as Alice Wendleken, Marguerite
Sherman as Maxine, Clay Curry as Elmer Hopkins, Jacob Brown
as Hobie, Jamie Dotson as David, Sarah Taylor as Beverly,
Sarah Baskin as Shirley, Laurin Mitchell as Juanita, Ann Kathryn
Dunavant as Doris and Larry Newsom as the Rev. Hopkins.
Sherman also serves as musical director for the Angel Choir
which sings traditional Christmas carols such as "Away
in a Manger" and "Oh Little Town of Bethlehem."
Members of the Angel Choir are Kanda Borgognoni, Mary Ellen
Frank, Chelsey Haik,
Kimberly Jenkins, Jitoria Jones, Zina Kelly, Flenadia Moore,
Kemberly Morgan, Anna Morris, Jasmine Pollard, Tomara Pollard,
Ursula Sanders, Gabrielle Singleton, Danielle Suber and Pierce
Angels include Caroline Brooks, Nina Jordan, Sarah Lane, Carly
Anne Newsom, Natori Pittman and Myeosha Smith. Playing the
shepherds are Cameron Brown, Matthew Frank, Dillon Hernandez,
Patrick Lane, Erin McKinney, Nigel Huff,
Sherrod Reed and Thomas Sherman.
Dotson, Michael Riser and Kim Taylor are the stage managers.
Tim Bixler and Charlene Louwerens are in charge of set design
and construction and Maria Sherman is also in charge of the
is by Delta Center Stage season ticket, or individual tickets
will be available for $10 for adults and $5 for children.
Tickets are also on sale at Wells-Lott Village Pharmacy, Dattel
& Co., McCormick Book Inn and Johl and Bergman.