The Best Christmas Pageant Ever 2017

Click here to Purchase Tickets Dec. 14 - 17, 19 - 23 at 7:30 PM, Dec. 16, 17 & 23 at 2:00 PM.  Directed by Benjamin Tissell. Ticket Prices: $15/adults and $12/students. Click here to download a show flyer.

Best Christmas Pageant Ever - 2015, Lakewood Theatre CompanyThe Best Christmas Pageant Ever, a delightful family story about the true meaning of Christmas, will open at the Lakewood Theatre Company on Thursday, December 14 at 7:30 PM. Performances continue on December 14, 17, 19, 20, 21, 22 & 23 at 7:30 PM. There will also be matinee performances at 2:00 PM on Saturdays, December 16 & 23, and Sunday December 17. After the opening night performance on December 14, there will be a hot cocoa and cookie reception. The show sponsor is Nicoletta's Table and Marketplace.

Photo: Millie Wollmuth as Gladys Herman in the 2016 production.

This year marks the 21st time this holiday production has been staged by Lakewood Theatre Company. The show, directed this year by Benjamin Tissell, is an adaptation of the popular short story written by Barbara Robinson and originally published by McCall's Magazine.

The theatre is located at Lakewood Center for the Arts, 368 S. State Street in Lake Oswego. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for students. Group discounts are available for parties of 10 or more. For reservations call 503-635-3901 or purchase tickets online.

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About the Play: The Herdmans were absolutely the worst kids in the history of the world. They lied and stole and smoked cigars (even the girls) and talked rough and hit little kids and talked back to their teachers. So it surprised just about everybody when they decided to take part in the town's Christmas Pageant.

The Herdman kids had never heard of the Christmas story, but the way they interpreted it, you'd think the story of Jesus came right out of the F.B.I. files. (They called the Wise Men a bunch of dirty spies). It was a Christmas pageant to remember. An American classic ... one of the best Christmas stories ever told.

Featured performers include Laura Hiszczynskyj as Grace Bradley, Samantha Blaine as Beth Bradley and Phillip Wells as Charlie Bradley. The Herdman children are played by Declan Southard, Melody Wells, Henry Findtner, Tali Greenfield and Pippa Southard.

Others in the cast include Sami Yacob-Andrus as Alice, Serena Mason as Maxine, Kristi Foster as Mrs. McCarthy, Adrienne Southard as Mrs. Armstrong, Patricia Alston as Mrs. Slocum, Libby Isensee as Mrs. Clark, and Brian Reed as Reverend Hopkins.

The ensemble also includes Joseph Burke as Elmer, Theo Curl as Hobie, Dayva Cockrell as David, Eva Muir as Beverly, Rachel Green as Shirley, Sophie Isensee as Juanita, and Maya Ye as Doris.

The Angel Choir is composed of Luna Flores, Spencer Isensee, Tia Lempert, Violet Lempert, Ava McDowell, Riley McDowellGracie Morinishi, Eva Muir, and Maya Ye.

Playwright Barbara Robinson has written several books for children including Across From Indian Shore and Trace Through the Forest. Her stories have appeared in well-known magazines and a short version of this play appeared in McCall's Magazine under the title, "The Christmas Pageant."

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Preen and BanjoTicket Information

The theatre is located at Lakewood Center for the Arts, 368 S. State Street in Lake Oswego. Ticket Prices: $15/adults and $12/students. Call the Lakewood Theatre Box Office at (503) 635-3901.

Click here to Purchase Tickets online | Dec. 14 - 17, 19 - 23 at 7:30 PM, Dec. 16, 17 & 23 at 2:00 PM.

Click here to download a show flyer.