Cast enters final week of rehearsals

By Bruce Caldwell - Contributing columnist

“The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” casts have entered the last week of rehearsals where each cast practices on the same day.

Next week, cast A will have dress rehearsals for three days before opening night on Friday, Nov. 13 at 8 p.m., while cast B will not practice at all until the following week, where they will have dress rehearsals for three days before they give their first of four performances starting on Friday, Nov. 20 at 8 p.m.

At a rehearsal this past weekend it was noted that many of the cast are “off book” meaning they know their lines and when to say them but there are some still giving their lines with script in hand. All of the Herdman kids are doing great at being bad, but they are the ones who make us realize what Christmas is all about.

Each cast will perform four shows on the two separate weekends which includes matinees on Saturday and Sunday and 8 p.m. shows on Friday and Saturday. A number of families are represented in the casts and include the Jacksons (Lydia, Lucas, Tracy), the Clarks (Judson, Annabeth, Amelia), the Hobson sisters (Kate and Emma), Robert New and daughter Carrie, Sisters Sasha, Chloe and Ariana Herring (granddaughters of Board Member Ursula Herring), Konnor Brown and sisters Kerrigan, Kennedi and Kaydin, siblings Josie and Will Blackman and siblings Hanna and Morgan Strickland.

Jordan Shopping Center and Matthews Gifts are the generous sponsors of “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” and we thank them wholeheartedly for their support of the live arts in our county.

Since “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” is the last show of our 2015 season, it’s time to renew your Patron Sponsor tickets for our 2016 season. A Patron Sponsor ticket allows two people to attend all of our shows at a reduced rate and also get the name of the patron or business in all our programs. You may purchase your 2016 Patron Sponsor tickets by contacting any Board member or they will be available in November at the theater during our next show. Our proposed 2016 shows are listed below.

Upcoming events

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever — Directed by Angela Martin. Currently in rehearsals. Sponsored by Matthews Gifts and Jordan Shopping Plaza. Performances Nov. 13, 14, 20, 21 at 8 p.m., matinees at 3 p.m. on Nov. 14, 15, 21, 22 .(8 shows)

Taylor Michaels Music and Magic Christmas — Performances Friday and Saturday, Dec. 18, 19 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 20 at 3 p.m. This is a fundraiser for the theater and not a patron sponsor event.

Proposed 2016 season

Little Women — Feb. 5, 6, 7 and Feb. 12, 13, 14.

I Oughta Be in Pictures — April 8, 9, 10 and April 15, 16, 17.

Children’s Summer Musical — June 16, 17, 18, 19 and June 23, 24, 25, 26.

How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying — Aug. 19, 20, 21 and Aug. 26, 27, 28.

Outsiders — To Be Determined

Elf, Jr. — Dec. 2, 3, 4 and Dec. 9, 10, 11

Thoughts Until Next Week

You are in charge of how you feel. Today why not choose happiness.

Be yourself. Everyone else is taken.

You were born. Don’t waste it.

By Bruce Caldwell

Contributing columnist
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