(Alexandria, MN) The Andria stage is the place to see a delightful holiday play this year.  With many new faces and over 30 youth actors, it's sure to provide a new experience for you.  The play, "Best Christmas Pageant Ever" was last performed at the Andria Theatre over 10 years ago.

The play, directed by Joy Wrolson, is described this way.  Beth Bradley’s church’s Christmas pageant is predictable every year -- the angel choir wears too much lipstick, the shepherds are all in their father’s bathrobes, the minister’s son is permanently cast in the role of Joseph -- hardly “four-star entertainment.” But when seasoned and authoritative pageant director Mrs. Armstrong breaks her leg, it is up to Beth’s inexperienced mother Grace to step in. The timing couldn’t be worse, as the rambunctious Herdman children, a rough and tough group of siblings from the wrong side of the tracks, descend upon the pageant, lured by the promise of free dessert at Sunday school, and determined to win all the lead roles for themselves. The Ladies’ Aid Society members are beside themselves with disapproval, all the shepherds quit because Gladys Herdman “hits too hard”, the show is briefly re-titled “Revenge at Bethlehem”, and the church catches on fire. But Beth and her community watch in surprise as the same old Christmas story is rejuvenated by the creativity, energy, and unexpected sincerity of a misunderstood young family. Mary Robinson’s The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, based on her novel of the same name, is a widely beloved Christmas tale, warm and incredibly funny, full of characters both relatable and utterly unique. The large cast and age range make this show a community favorite, in which a varied, multi-generational group of performers can come together.

Showtimes are:

  • DECEMBER 6-8 AND 13-15 AT 7:30 P.M.
  • DECEMBER 9 AND 16 AT 2:00 P.M.

Tickets are available at the box office  (320) 762-8300 or online.


CAST:

Bob Bradley/Fireman. . ....Paul Hartmann II

Grace Bradley. . . ........... Sarah Heidelberger

Mrs. Armstrong. . . . ........Shannan Randazzo

Mrs. Slocum. . . . . . . . . . Kathryn Tomoson

Mrs. Clark. . . . . . . . . . . .Kirsten Widman

Mrs. McCarthy. . . . . . . . .Katelyn Niemeyer

Reverend Hopkins/Fireman. . . Scott Giannone

Beth Bradley. . . . . . . . . .Allie Trombley

Charlie Bradley. . . . . . . . Tai Auran

Ralph Herdman. . . . . . . .Nicholas Zabroski

Imogene Herdman. . . . . .Parker Zwach

Leroy Herdman. . . . . . . .Addison Randazzo

Claude Herdman. . . . . . . Jonah Heidelberger

Ollie Herdman. . . . . . . . .Noah Bjorndahl

Gladys Herdman. . . . . . . Roxanne Sweetwater

Alice Wendleken. . . . . . . Alexis Loosbrock

Maxine. . . . . . . . . . . . . .Avery Sinning

Elmer Hopkins. . . . . . . . Max Jost

Hobie. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jayme O'Brien

David. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Miles Bryce

Beverly. . . . . . . . . . . . . Malorie Raether

Shirley. . . . . . . . . . . . . .Finley Paulsen

Juanita. . . . . . . . . . . . . Linnea Hoven

Doris. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Kylee Dummer

Angel and Shepherd Chorus. . . . . .Kobe Knudegaard, Ashley Donley, Emily Staples, Sammi Swensrud, Sailor Peterson, Lauren Heseltine, Karis Knudegaard, Liberty Knudsen, Abigail Nelson, Leah Zenner, Savannah Auran, Olivia Zollner, Lydia Renney, Abigail Renney, Sofia Wray, and Mahri Kolar.