‘The Best Christmas Pageant Ever’
The Hawkeye Community Theatre’s Christmas play hits the stage next week with “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.”
Directed by Alyssa Sparks, the play tells the story of a small town church Sunday School getting ready to put together its annual Christmas pageant. Pageant director Grace Bradley, played by Molly Nelson, is just about to assign parts – “remember, there are no small parts, only small actors” – when the rough-and-tumble Herdman kids burst into the class. All six of them.
“They are the naughty kids,” Sparks said. “They’re known for being naughty in the community.”
One of the Herdman kids hears that there are lots of snacks and refreshments at Sunday School.
“So then they start going for the snacks and they end up being in this Christmas pageant,” Sparks said. “And of course, all the moms are in a tizzy because these Herdman kids are going to wreck the whole thing.”
Instead, the Herdman kids get to hear the Nativity story for the first time and learn about the meaning of Christmas – and those moms learn to not judge a book by its cover.
“It starts out terrifying, and then in the end, it’s great,” Sparks said.
The show opens Thursday at 7 p.m.
Other performances will be at 7 p.m. on Dec. 8 and Dec. 9, and a matinee at 2 p.m. on Dec. 9. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door.
The Hawkeye Community Theatre and Fort Dodge Fine Arts Association will also be collecting hats and mittens to donate to local kids and adults in need. Donations can be dropped off at any of the showtimes.
Most of the cast of “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” are kids and the show is perfect for the whole family, Sparks said.
“I think it’s just got a really good message,” she said.
The Hawkeye Community Theatre’s production of “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” features a large cast of kids.
The show runs nightly at 7 p.m. Thursday through Dec. 9, with an additional 2 p.m. matinee on Dec. 9.
Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door
Father (Bob Bradley) – Ted R. Scoggin
Mother (Grace Bradley) – Molly Nelson
Beth Bradley – Norah Lane
Charlie Bradley – Ted A. Scoggin
Ralph Herdman – David Petersen
Imogene Herdman – Matilda Breeser
Leroy Herdman – Dawson Sandahl
Claude Herdman – Declan Lundgren
Ollie Herdman – Caleb Lundgren
Gladys Herdman – Kylie Peterson
Alice Wendleken – Izzy Stickrod
Mrs. Armstrong – Megan Peterson
Mrs. Slocum – Beth Stickrod
Mrs. Clark – Toni Schreier
Mrs. Causing- Amanda Peart
Mrs. McCarthy – Alicia Scoggin
Alma Hopkins – Aleyna Robinson
Maxine – Brooklynn Fuller
Hobie – Easton Anderson
David – Silas Gall
Beverly – Jayda Seca
Fireman – Hayley Studyvin
Shirley – Elya Petersen
Juanita – Etta Petersen
Doris – Grace Lyon
Reverend Hopkins – John Metier
Shepherds – Owen Peart, Blake Peterson
Directed by Alyssa Sparks