Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Don't miss out on the final weekend of "Best Christmas Pageant Ever" which continues through Dec. 12 at Columbia Center for the Arts's CAST theater.
Based on the book by Barbara Robinson, the story revolves around the six Herdman children, "the worst kids in the history of the world," who are determined to be in the annual church Christmas play. The congregation of the church is initially horrified, but compassion and generosity prevail.
Performances continue Dec. 10, 11, and 12 at 7:30 p.m. with one remaining matinee on Saturday, Dec. 12, at 2 p.m.
Ticket prices are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and students, and $8 for children 11 and under. For this holiday production, CAST also offers a $40 Family Pack 2 plus 2 ticket that admits two adults, plus two students or two children.
Christmas Pageant's forty-member cast and crew include twenty children between the ages of five and 14. Communities on both sides of the Columbia River are represented in the production -- from Stevenson, White Salmon, and Husum in Washington to The Dalles, Mt. Hood, and Hood River in Oregon.
Veteran CAST and Plays for Non Profits director, Lynda Dallman, hopes audiences will find the play "funny and heartwarming, and enjoy its timeless message about how an unlikely group of kids learn the true meaning of Christmas."
Dallman notes, "Our musical director, Bill Weiler, added a special touch to the production by writing us a beautiful, original song. The cast and crew sing this original song, along with traditional holiday carols, and members of the audience will be invited to sing along."