Last chance to catch ‘The Best Christmas Pageant Ever’ at the MAC

Dec 11, 2018

MARION — The Marion Art Center will host the final performances of “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever”, at the MAC on Friday December 14, 15, and 16. The Friday and Saturday performances will begin at 7:30 pm, while the Sunday matinee on December 16 will begin at 2:00 pm.

Originally a story crafted by Barbara Robinson in 1971, the production focuses on a church Christmas Pageant that is jeopardized after the misfit Herdman children take on the leading roles. 

The six siblings cuss, smoke and bully the rest of the kids at school who are repulsed by their actions. After the Herdmans learn about the free snacks at church, they decide to take over the play as well. Despite the protests of many church members, the Herdmans take the stage and turn this year’s pageant upside down. 

Featuring Michelle Garell, Matthew Lynds, Suzie Kokkins, Pam Ellis, Jenny Costa, Sue Massey, Asta Muldoon, Zoe Pateakos, Molly Dupre, Eva Malloy, Marilyn Pepin, Calvin Pepin, Keira Canto, Genevieve Arone, Evelyn Parsons, Leon Hawsey, Edie Dupre, Manny Sepúlveda, Gavin Garell, Lisa Feeney, Henry Richins, Angela Pedulli, Christian Pedulli, and Holden Campbell.

Those behind the production include Director Kate Fishman, Margaret Laine and Amanda Moore as Stage Managers, Sound and Lighting Manager Steven McManus, Set and Tech Assistant Bernie Klim. Props and Costumes by Kristin Canto and Lee Dupre.

Tickets are $18 for MAC members and $20 for non-members, and they may be purchased in person, by phone, or online. The Marion Art Center is located at 80 Pleasant Street in Marion. A limited number of cabaret tables are available for reserved parties of 4, and attendees may bring their own refreshments.