In partnership with Bay Area Children’s Theatre, the City of Pleasanton Civic Arts Stage Company presents the fun-filled family Christmas classic “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever!”
The youth musical theater production opens at the Amador Theater in Pleasanton.
The show opens Friday, December 8, at 7:30 p.m., and runs weekends through Sunday, December 17.
“The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” (also titled “The Worst Kids in the World” in Australia, New Zealand, and the UK) tells the story of Imogene, Claude, Ralph, Leroy, Ollie, and Gladys Herdman – six rowdy children who are known throughout the town as troublemaking misfits. Upon discovering that snacks are available at the local church, they decide to give it a try. Despite heated protests from numerous church members, the siblings are given roles in the Sunday school’s annual Christmas play, in which they tell the Christmas story in a distinctly unconventional but heartwarming fashion.
Author Barbara Robinson first published the story in McCall’s magazine before it was adapted into a book in 1971, which went on to sell over 800,000 copies. “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” is also adapted into a beloved movie version which is still shown on TV every holiday season.
BACT’s Salim Razawi is Director for this year’s show. Salim is joined on the production team by Choreographer Amanda Boyan, Music Director Amber Dyson, Stage Manager Christine Hornbaker, Set Designer Spencer Richardson, Costume Designer Brooke Jennings, Lighting Designer Cassie Barnes, Props Master Joan Howard, Technical Director Yusuke Soi, Production Manager Maria Castro, and Associate Production Manager Amy Hulsey.
The actors are from grade school through high school age, and hail from all around the Tri-Valley. As is the tradition for Civic Arts Stage Company productions, the students split into two casts. For this holiday production, the casts are appropriately named the “JOY” cast and the “COMFORT” cast.
December 9-17, Fridays & Saturdays 7:30 pm, Saturdays & Sundays 2:00 pm
$7-$18; youth, senior discounts.