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F.A.C.T. presents ‘The Best Christmas Pageant Ever’

Nov 22, 2013
PHOTO SUBMITTED The cast of Fairfield Area Communty Theatre’s production of “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” are preparing for four shows Dec. 5-7 at Fairfield churches. 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.

It’s time to celebrate the holiday season with the Fairfield Area Community Theatre upcoming production of Barbara Robinson’s “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever,” according to F.A.C.T. President Tim Lantz.

The show will be performed at local church fellowship halls:

• 7 p.m. Dec. 5 at First Lutheran Church;

• 7 p.m. Dec. 6 at First Presbyterian Church; and

• 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 7 at St. Mary Catholic Church.

The fellowship hall will open 30 minutes prior to curtain for seating.

Because of limited seating in the fellowship halls, patrons can purchase tickets in advance. Depending on sales, tickets and entry may not be available at the door at the time of the performances.

Tickets are $5 and will be available at Josie Hannes Design/Flair Décor.

In the 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. When the Herdmans collide with the Christmas story head on, there is mayhem and fun.

The show has been cast, and the rehearsals have begun under the direction of Scott Slechta, assisted by Diana Flynn.

The cast includes many area adults and children:

FATHER (Bob Bradley) - John Grunwald

MOTHER (Grace Bradley) - Tena Nelson

BETH BRADLEY - Megan Miller

CHARLIE BRADLEY - Brittan Bowman

RALPH HERDMAN - Brad Swanson

IMOGENE HERDMAN - Laurel Hilger

LEROY HERDMAN - Zach Wise

CLAUDE HERDMAN - Blair Grunwald

OLLIE HERDMAN - Grant Ward

GLADYS HERDMAN - Chloe Campbell

ALICE WENDLEKEN - Andie Smith

MAXINE - Delanie Vorhies

MRS. ARMSTRONG - Heather Blakely

MRS. SLOCUM - Detra Dettman

MRS. MCCARTHY - Lindsay McMartin

ELMER HOPKINS and HOBIE - Zaya Garner and Spencer Hilger

TEEN CHORUS - Abyni Garner, Blair Bowman and Katelyln Claman

SHIRLEY, JUANITA, DORIS - Lucy Kuehl, Sophia Fritz, Taylor Romer and Willow Larsen

FIREMEN - Drew Grunwald and Jay Smith

REVEREND HOPKINS - host minister/pastor/priest.

“This show is one that will make you laugh, make you think and make you ready for the holiday season,” said Slechta.

Refreshments of cookies, coffee and drink will be offered after each performance hosted by the church. Freewill donations will be accepted.

 

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