Updated Wed, Dec 4, 2013 1:14 pm
On this edition of Conversations from Studio B, Jodi MacNeal, Jenn Fritchley, Micaiah Clouse and Sydni Roell discuss the upcoming ABC Players production of The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, being presented Dec. 5-7 at Stuart's Opera House in Nelsonville.
In this Christmas classic, a couple who are struggling to put on a church Christmas pageant are faced with casting the Herdman kids--probably the most inventively awful kids in history. Mayhem follows when the Herdmans end up telling the story of Christmas in their own unique way.
Adapted from the best-selling young adult book by Barbara Robinson, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever is a fun way to kick off the holiday season while supporting the community. As with every ABC Players holiday show, all show profits will support Stuart’s Opera House.
To top it off, every performance will be followed by caroling in the lobby, accompanied by the Tree-Lined Roads string ensemble.
Sponsored by the Ohio University Credit Union, the play is directed by Jodi MacNeal with assistance from Jenn Fritchley and stage manager Suzanne Ragg.
Actors include Chris MacNeal as Bob Bradley, Lee Carter as Grace Bradley, Becca Robinson as Beth Bradley, Orion Carter as Charlie Bradley, Riley Maffin as Ralph Herdman, Micaiah Clouse as Imogene Herdman, Sarah Pratt as Leroy Herdman, Alexis Fritchley as Claude Herdman, Teagan Hughes as Ollie Herdman, Hannah Bruckner as Gladys Herdman, Sydni Roell as Alice Wendleken, Linda Watkins as Mrs. Armstrong, Alexa Ross as Mrs. Slocum, Katie Hukill as Mrs. Clark, Rachel Evertt as Mrs. Clausing, Andrea Hashman as Mrs. McCarthy, India Mitchell as Maxine, Micah Prakin as Elmer Hopkins, Allyriane Huq as Hobie, Audrey Grace as David, Audrey Tompkins as Shirley, Grace Chambers as Juanita, Elizabeth Goldsberry as Doris/Angel Choir, Joe Balding as Reverend Hopkins, Sydney Dicken as Beverly/Angel Choir, Morgan Brausey as Fireman/Angel Choir, and Katie Hukill as Fireman.
Other members of the Angel Choir include Tatum L’Heureux, Fox Thompson, Evan Roell, RJ Sochia III, Blossom Fabian, Avery Brooks and Callie Crosbb.
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever will be presented on Thursday, Dec. 5 and Friday, Dec. 6 at 7:30 p.m. with a 2 p.m. matinee on Saturday, Dec. 7.
Tickets are available by visiting www.stuartsoperahouse.org, calling 740-753-1924 or purchasing at the door.
For more information on the ABC Players, visit www.abcplayers.org or find the organization on Facebook.
Photos by Brooke Herbert Hayes