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|Paynesville Press - November 19, 2003|
Community theater group to stage Christmas play
Eighteen years after its first staging as a community production in Paynesville, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever is being produced again this year by a community theater group, based at the Paynesville Area Center. |
A cast of 31 - plus two choirs adding another 26 people - will stage the musical three times at the school auditorium in the next week.
Performances of the play will be on Friday, Nov. 21, at 7 p.m.; on Saturday, Nov. 22, at 1:30 p.m.; and on Saturday, Nov. 22, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for students, and $12 per family, with seniors being able to come for $3 for the Saturday afternoon matinee performance.
Donations to the local foodshelf will also be accepted at the performances.
Lindsay Hull, who is directing the play and both choirs, was part of the community production of The Best Christmas Pageant Ever 18 years ago. Back then, it was done with an all-adult cast, said Hull.
This time, the cast and choirs include kids, adults, and seniors.
The idea to do a Christmas play came about when the Centrist Choir at the Paynesville Area Center was not organized for this year. They decided to try a play that would mix music and drama, Hull said.
Starring as the Herdman children in The Best Christmas Pageant Ever are: (clockwise from lower left) Jebb Davidson, Dan Christensen, Teirrah Syverston, Anthony Poepping, Joey Christensen, and Ariel Jones (center). Performances, in the school auditorium, will be staged on Friday night at 7 p.m., on Saturday afternoon at 1:30 p.m., and on Saturday night at 7 p.m.
While the original play included music, more music has been added, said Hull, to accommodate the role of the Senior Choir played by many former members of the Centrist Choir. Some Prelude Singers from Paynesville Area Elementary School will serve as the Junior Choir.
The play is a comical look at the annual Christmas pageant at a fictious church, which is nearly cancelled when the Herdman children join the cast. Amidst the comedy, though, the play touches on the true meaning of Christmas, said Hull, as it turns out to be the best Christmas pageant ever.
The musical will be done in two acts and should last around an hour and 20 minutes.
Tickets will be available at the door. Reservations can be made by calling the Paynesville Area Center at 320-243-4799.
Cast of Characters
The Church Ladies
The Church Staff
The Senior Choir
The Junior Choir
The Backstage Crew
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