December 12th, 2011, 4:00 pm by Sara
December 2nd, 2011, 12:00 pm by Sara
Gladys Herdman, as the Angel of the Lord, (Grace Kelley) tells the shepherds "Unto you a Child is Born" in "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever" at New Stage Performing Arts Center. (photo: Peggy Reeves)
In the final moment of this Castle Hill production of The Best Christmas Pageant Ever at the New Stage Performing Arts Center Gladys Herdman (Grace Kelley) tears on to the stage in a raggedy angel costume – she is playing the Angel of the Lord who appears unto the shepherds – stares straight into the eyes of the audience, points dramatically, and shouts “Unto YOU a child is born!”
“And man, at war with man, hears not
The love song which they bring:
O hush the noise, ye men of strife,
And hear the angels sing.”
– Edmund Sears, It Came Upon The Midnight Clear
I was really surprised by the direct religious message in this play, which, although it has been around in one form or another for almost four decades, I have managed never to see or read before. And even more surprised to learn from Castle Hill Producer Nicki Wilson that it’s the most popular Christmas story among today’s teachers and students. Wow! I didn’t think that anything this overtly religious could be read or taught in American public schools. I am happy to learn that I’m wrong and I hope there are similar engaging tales to introduce kids to the world’s other major religions.
Click to read the rest at GailSez.
Holiday traditions get a once over when the kids take over the stage for a holiday show that does a lot to freshen up our favorite traditions. We love the Nutcracker and A Christmas Carol, and these days it seems there are plenty of Scrooges around who don’t like either the old or the new. so here’s a show with the best of both.
When the news came that the venerable Castle Hill Theatre Company would be presenting The Best Christmas Pageant Ever this holiday season at New Stage Performing Arts Center from December 2 to December 18th…well, I knew there was a Santa Claus. It’s been on my list for a long time. And I have been a good boy lately, too.
Based on Barbara Robinson’s beloved children’s book, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever tells the story of what happens when one church’s boring, predictable Christmas pageant is taken over by the six tough, rowdy Herdman kids – the worst kids in town. It is full of laughs, warmth and Yuletide spirit.
Click to read the rest at Berkshire on Stage.