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THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER: THE MUSICAL 2022
December 14, 2022 @ 7:00 pm - December 17, 2022 @ 9:00 pm
The Production is Directed and Choreographed by Millbrook regular Michael Schloegl, who has also designed the costumes for the production. His work on previous shows at Millbrook Playhouse includes; Nunsense 2, Footloose, The Wizard of Oz, Peter Pan, Pageant, and the 50th season opener, Grease. He is one of the founding members of Vital Theatre Company in New York City. He is also a costume designer, playwright, and children’s book author/illustrator. His original writing credits include: It’s Up In the Air!, Calling All Toys, The Chrismouse book series, and the school musical touring show History Time Henry.
Grace Bradley (played by Marissa Budnick) is an unassuming church-going wife and mother until tragedy strikes, putting Helen Armstrong (Brooke Danelle) in the hospital and thrusting Grace into the role of Director of the annual Christmas Pageant. When the bullying, cigar-smoking Herdman kids find out that church is followed by free cookies, punch, and other refreshments, they show up in force, just in time to learn about auditions for the upcoming Christmas Pageant. When the Herdmans take key parts in the Pageant and collide with the Christmas story head-on, the result will either be the most disastrous Christmas Pageant ever . . . or the best! Our professional cast also includes Derek Powell (Reverend Hopkins), Theresa Hall (Luanne), Lora Margerum (Betty), and Thomas Smith (Bob Bradley).
Joining them is the incredibly talented Millbrook Playhouse Youth Ensemble with the Horrible Herdmans themselves, played by Kaidyn Rogers (Imogene), Christopher Corbin (Ralph), Garrett Cunningham (Leroy), Seth Geyer (Claude), Claire Nestor (Ollie), and Lillian Klugh (Gladys). The Youth Ensemble also includes Lexie Bowman (Charlie Bradley), Maia Crowell (Beth Bradley), Elaina Packer (Alice Wendleken), Kelly Corbin (Ivy Reed), Connor Kleckner (Elmer Hopkins), Kaden Metzger (Teddy Shoemaker), Elise Cygan (Elvira), Kenetcha Long (Tina), Claire Bowman (Connie/Candy Striper), Kenzi Boyle (Green Ensemble), Thomas Geyer (Green Ensemble), Sierra Kolk (Green Ensemble), Camryn Segura (Green Ensemble), Claire Walker (Green Ensemble), Kathryn Farrall (Red Ensemble), Samantha Nedrow (Red Ensemble), Amelya Sox (Red Ensemble), Mikaela White (Red Ensemble), and Madelyn Williams (Red Ensemble).
The team behind the production includes Mo Ortbal as Musical Director, Lighting Design by Brooke Danelle, Set Design by David Leidholdt, Props Design, and Assistant Stage Manage V.C. Deener. The Production Stage Manager is Ericka Conklin, and the Wardrobe Manager is Mandi Chiaro.
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever: The Musical runs December 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, and 17 at 7:00 pm and December 11, 17, and 18 at 2:00 pm. Tickets are on sale now! You can purchase online at Tickets | Millbrook Playhouse (https://millbrookplayhouse.
Adult tickets are $27.50, Senior and Veteran/Military tickets are $23.50, Student (13- College) tickets are $18.25, and Youth (12 and under) tickets are $12.50. Rated G.
Photo one (L to R): Brooke Danelle as Hellen, Lora Margerum as Betty, Theresa Hall as Luanne, Lora Margerum as Betty, and Derek Powell as Reverend Hopkins.
Photo two (L t R): Marissa Budnick as Grace Bradley, Thomas Smith as Bob Bradley, Maia Crowell as Beth Bradley, Lexie Bowman as Charlie Bradley.
Photo three (L to R): Kaidyn Rogers as Imogene, Claire Nestor as Ollie, Lillian Klugh Gladys, Seth Geyer as Claude, Garrett Cunningham as Leroy, and Christopher Corbin as Ralph.