Performing Arts

Two young actors rehearse on Monday for Thursday evenings performance of "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever."

The Magnolia Arts Center will put on a production of “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” Thursday night at 7:30 and showcase the true chaos of the holiday spirit.

The show chronicles the struggle of putting on a church Christmas pageant involving copious numbers of children and what happens when a family of notoriously unruly children insist on joining the cast, according to the official Magnolia Arts Center website.

Director Ken Newelt said the cast consists of both children and adults. Together, they have worked toward producing a production of pure talent.

“It’s a thrill to be working with these kids, they are so talented many of them have done a number of productions with Magnolia Arts before,” Newelt said. “There are a handful that have never been on the stage before that are absolute pros, my kids have their lines memorized before the adult actors.”

One of those children, 11-year-old Chloe Yount, will play Beth Bradley in the show, who is the main child character and the narrator of the story. Yount said that she was excited to play in her first major role in a production.

“I like that I have a lot of lines, and I like that I’m just on stage a lot and like in action,” Yount said. “I’ve only been in one other play and I was like a duckling, a snowflake, a frog and some other small parts.”

She said that she also enjoyed getting to know all of the cast and crew that she may not have gotten to know otherwise and that she “remembered what it was like to be on the stage again.”

Another child actor in the play, 7-year-old Josiah Breazeale, plays Charlie Bradley, Beth Bradley’s little brother. He echoed Yount in saying that he enjoyed making many new friends over the course of preparing for the play.

Breazeale said what he enjoys most about the play are the scenes when he gets to be funny and his character interrupts one of the others. It is this humor that is one of the reasons he said people should come to the show.

“It’s a good show and there are a few funny parts, and all of us in the play, all the whole cast, we want people just to be happy,” Breazeale said.

Newelt hopes to see the audience walk away from the show satisfied with the performance. He anticipates seeing some reactions to some of the unexpected aspects of their unique production of the well-known show.

“I cannot wait to hear the audience's responses to this amazing cast and the surprises we have in store for them,” Newelt said. “I really want to bring a lot of joy and I am looking forward to the show and the emoth that everyone is going to feel when they see this production.

Tickets for “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” are available on the Magnolia Arts Center website for $20 general admission and $15 for students and seniors. Due to the limited seating in the venue, tickets are selling out quickly so it is strongly suggested to order tickets online.

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