2017-12-01 / Arts & Entertainment

The Herdmans sing their way onto the stage as Columbia Children’s Theatre presents The Best Christmas Pageant Ever: The Musical

Contributed by Columbia Children’s Theatre

The Herdman kids crash Sunday School and take over the annual Christmas Pageant. The Herdman kids crash Sunday School and take over the annual Christmas Pageant. It’s a perfect time in a perfect little town, until the Herdmans show up and demand to be in the annual Christmas Pageant. Join Columbia Children’s Theatre (CCT) as they present the South Carolina premier of this delightful musical adaptation of everyone’s favorite holiday stage play The Best Christmas Pageant Ever: The Musical, December 2 - 10.

The production’s run opens on Saturday, December 2 with a special Breakfast with Santa at 9 a.m. followed by the show at 10:30 a.m. Tickets for the breakfast and show package are $15 for children and adults. Regular show times are December 2 at 10:30 a.m., 2 p.m., and 7 p.m.; Sunday, December 3 at 3 p.m.; Friday, December 8 at 7 p.m., Saturday, December 9 at 10:30 a.m., 2 p.m., and 7 p.m.; and Sunday, December 10 at 3 p.m.

All performances will be held at Columbia Children’s Theatre’s new performance space on the first level of Richland Mall, 3400 Forest Drive next to Barnes and Noble.

This production features many favorite CCT Mainstage performers such as Kendrick Marion as Bob Bradley, Courtney Reasoner as Grace Bradley, Paul Lindley and Joshua Diveley as Reverend Hopkins, Jordan Harper and Karly Shorter as Helen Armstrong, and Julian Deleon as Ralph Herdman and Roxanne Rich as Immogene Herdman, and Toni Moore, Jillian Peltzman, and Carol Beis as The Church Ladies.

For the first time ever, CCT’s Mainstage will welcome an ensemble of student actors from their YouTheare company to portray the kids in the show. They are Sarah Krawczyk, Rebecca-Ryan Young, Cameron Vipperman, Sadie Stanley, Henry Melkomian, Will Varner, Courtney Hope Diveley, Adele Fuller, Dorothy Weaver, Marjorie Weaver, Fionn O’Connor, Luke Schrader, Cort Stevenson, Walker Weaver, Riley Triggs, Malana Hokaj, Anna Shull, and Londyn James.

The show is directed by CCT artistic director, Jerry Stevenson with musical direction by Paul Lindley and choreography by Lisa Sendler.

Tickets for the Saturday and Sunday performances are $10 for children three years of age through adult. The 7 p.m. performances on Saturday evenings will have a special ticket price of $5 for everyone. Advance tickets can be purchased securely online at columbiachildrenstheatre.com.

For more information contact CCT at 803- 691-4548.

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