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Provision's Theater for Young Audiences' THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER! Begins Today

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This holiday season Provision Theater Company's Theater for Young Audiences will present Barbara Robinson's THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER!.

The sixty minute, family-friendly adaptation will run today, November 28 - December 20 with performances on Saturdays at 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. and Sundays at 3:00 p.m. at Provision Theater, 1001 W. Roosevelt Rd., Chicago, IL 60608. Special matinee performances will be held on December 2, 9, and 16 at 10:00 a.m.

When the Herdmans (the nastiest kids in the neighborhood) decide they want to be in this year's Christmas pageant, everyone is sure it will be a disaster. But when the curtain finally goes up, a miracle happens-making it the best ever! This hilarious and heartwarming comedy, filled with singing and music, makes a firm statement about the transformative power of the holiday season-not to mention the transformative power of theatre.

"I love this story because I think it's familiar on one level. It's the story of a Christmas pageant, that could and does go on in just about every church, every Christmas, every year, and that's the charm of it," says Timothy Gregory, Provision Theater's Artistic Director. "But when the Herdmans-'the worst kids in the history of the world'-get involved in the Christmas pageant, the story that we've all heard every year takes on new meaning. New meaning because the Herdmans have never heard the Christmas story before, and so when they hear it, the words aren't just words, they mean something. Something fresh and profound...and funny."

The cast of THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER! includes Telah Amauri, Suzy Brack, Keith Cavanaugh, Sofia DeCarlo, Graceyn Dowd, Lucia Duffy, Audrey Edwards, Cheryl Golemo, Evelyn Halbach, Jon Hatje, Anderson Jerome-Darr, Mabel Lopez, Rachel Miller, Joseph Pope-Nelson, Kei Rawlins, Kelly Reiter, Keta Roth, Brendan Sullivan, Alexia Wolf, and Michael Wollner.

THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER! will be directed by Timothy Gregory. The production team includes Scenic Designer and Technical Directer Carl Ulaazek, Props Designer Mary O'Dowd. Lighting Designer Chazz Malott, Sound Designer David Pierczynski, Costume Designer Paula Kenar, Composer Elliot Delman, Assistant Director Matt Super, Assistant Stage Manager Jessica Banaszack, and Production & Stage Manager Denise Savas.

Ticket prices for THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER! are $15 for adults and $10 for children 12 & under. Free parking is included, and groups of 10 or more receive 10% off. For tickets, call the box office at 312-455-0066 or visit ProvisionTheater.org. Follow Provision Theater on Twitter @ProvisionTC. Follow Provision's blog for the latest news and sneak peeks.

Provision Theater Company is a non-profit equity theater devoted to producing works of hope, reconciliation and redemption; works that challenge us to explore a life of meaning and purpose. Provision Theater Company has celebrated numerous critically-acclaimed productions including HEAVEN, HOW I GOT HERE, OLD WICKED SONGS, ANNE OF GREEN GABLES, CHRISTMAS ON THE AIR, JACOB, A CHRISTMAS MEMORY & THE THANKSGIVING VISITOR, RED LETTER JESUS, SPOON RIVER ANTHOLOGY, SHADOWLANDS, THE HIDING PLACE, COTTON PATCH GOSPEL, A CHRISTMAS CAROL, C.S. LEWIS ON STAGE, THE FOREIGNER, THE SPITFIRE GRILL, BEAST ON THE MOON, FISH EYES, SHAW VS. CHESTERTON: THE DEBATE, THE CHRISTMAS MIRACLE OF JONATHAN TOOMEY, BONHOEFFER'S COST, THE TIME OF YOUR LIFE, SANDERS FAMILY CHRISTMAS, GODSPELL, SMOKE ON THE MOUNTAIN, THE BOYS NEXT DOOR, and THE GOSPEL OF JOHN.


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