Photo Flash: Alabama Shakespeare Festival Presents THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER

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Alabama Shakespeare Festival presents The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, on stage December 5 - 29, 2019. Directed by ASF Associate Artistic Director Greta Lambert, the hilarious holiday classic will delight audiences of all ages.

In the production, a mother struggling to put on a church Christmas pageant is faced with casting the Herdman kids - probably the most mischievous and troublesome kids in history. Audiences won't believe the mayhem - and the fun - that occurs when the Herdmans collide head-on with Christmas.

"The Best Christmas Pageant Ever is one of the most beloved children's stories of the past generation," said ASF Artistic Director Rick Dildine. "To produce this play, we sought to bring together young people from across the River Region. The culmination is an act of generosity, love, and compassion. And lots of laughs!"

Montgomery-based actor/director Sarah Adkins portrays Grace Bradley, the mother tasked with putting on the pageant when strong-minded pageant director Mrs. Armstrong (played by ASF Fellow John Cencio Burgos) has to back out from her duties. Grace, with the help of her husband (ASF Fellow George Lamar) and children, Beth (Gerrisyn Shipman, last seen in ASF's production of Annie) and Charlie (Lannom Bowman, making his ASF debut), is determined to make this the best Christmas pageant ever.

Six young actors join the cast as the rambunctious Herdmans: Ann Welch Hilyer (last seen in Annie at ASF) as Imogene, Timothy Brannon as Ralph, J'Kai Foster as Leroy, Jason Grinstead as Ollie, William Miller as Claude, and Eva Kate Mason as Gretchen. Rounding out the cast of kids is Dalton Adair, Sarah Kate Barton, Breanna Bennett, Amia Nycole Curry, Angelina Xu Dong (recent ASF credits include The Sound of Music and Annie), Piper Doyle, Faith Gatson (who appeared in 2019's Four Little Girls), Madalyn Milledge, Claude Newsome, Mary Grace Parsons (last seen on stage at ASF in The Sound of Music), Claire Poundstone (previous credits include ASF's A Christmas Carol), Chloe Surles, Jace White (last seen in Four Little Girls), and Ryley Tate Wilson.

The ensemble is made complete with the addition of actors from ASF's Fellowship Company, including Andrew Greiche, Sania Hyatt, Vivienne Claire Luthin (who also serves as fight choreographer), Kira Player, Jeremy Sapadin, and Matthew Zimmerman.

The creative team includes Assistant Director Delaney Burlingame, Scenic Designers Moriah and Isabel Curley-Clay, Costume Designer Jeffrey Todhunter, Lighting Designer Tom Rodman, Sound Designer Russell Thomas Bush, Wig Master Angie Wright, Musical Director Joel Jones, Young Artist Supervisors Lexi Tippett and Kalicia DuBose, Stage Manager Katie An Siegel, and Production Assistant Izzy French.

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever is presented on the Festival Stage, and tickets start at $29. To purchase, call 334.271.5353, visit the ASF Box Office (open Monday - Saturday, 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.), or go online: ASF.net/bestchristmas. Evening performances begin at 7:00 p.m.; matinees start at 2:00 p.m.

Photo Credit: ASF 2019

Photo Flash: Alabama Shakespeare Festival Presents THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER
Gerrisyn Shipman, Sarah Adkins, George Lamar, and Lannom Bowman

Photo Flash: Alabama Shakespeare Festival Presents THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER
Eva Kate Mason, Jason Grinstead, Ann Welch Hilyer, J'Kai Foster, William Miller, and Timothy Brannon

Photo Flash: Alabama Shakespeare Festival Presents THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER
The cast of THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER

Photo Flash: Alabama Shakespeare Festival Presents THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER
Eva Kate Mason, Sarah Adkins, and cast

Photo Flash: Alabama Shakespeare Festival Presents THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER
J'Kai Foster, Jason Grinstead, William Miller, and Eva Kate Mason

Photo Flash: Alabama Shakespeare Festival Presents THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER
Amia Nycole Curry, Mary Grace Parsons, and other cast members

Photo Flash: Alabama Shakespeare Festival Presents THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER
Eva Kate Mason and the Cast of BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER

Photo Flash: Alabama Shakespeare Festival Presents THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER
The cast of THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER

Photo Flash: Alabama Shakespeare Festival Presents THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER
27. Sarah Adkins, Eva Kate Mason, and the ensemble of BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER




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