See ‘The Best Christmas Pageant Ever’ this weekend

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By Chris McGinn

Chris McGinn
For The Lancaster News

Add a little cheer to your holiday season by seeing the Community Playhouse of Lancaster  County’s “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” this weekend.  

This year’s performances feature 28 local actors, most of whom are children. Indian Land residents Sandy McAlister and Sydney and Sally Strader are among the cast.

The comic tale follows a couple struggling to put on a church Christmas pageant, featuring the Herdman kids – probably the most inventively awful kids in history.

“It’s one of the funniest Christmas shows you will ever see,” said director Sheri Marvin.

She said this is her fifth involvement with the play, including performances by her son, daughter and the whole family at various venues in the past few years.

This year, her daughter Elizabeth, 13, plays the oldest Herdman girl, Imogene.

The show is at Stevens Auditorium on the University of South Carolina Lancaster campus on Hubbard Drive, Lancaster.    

Marvin directed the playhouse’s “Lend Me A Tenor” in 2010, which won two local theater awards.

She has also directed at community theaters in York and Lancaster counties since 2002.

While directing elementary and middle school age children has its challenges, Marvin said she is not a novice.

“I love directing children,” she said. “They have great ideas.”

She said this year’s cast has some of the most talented youth she has ever worked with.

Marvin also invited people to see the show to support local theater.

The show follows a successful summer youth performance of “Aladdin.” A musical version of “Wind in the Willows” is on tap for March, and “Deathtrap” will run in April.

The final dress rehearsal at 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, is a special “pay-what-you-can” performance. Other ticketed shows run at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, and Saturday, Dec. 8, with 3 p.m. matinees Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 9.

Tickets – $10 for adults; $8 for seniors and students; and $5 for children under 12 – are available in advance at the Lancaster County Council of the Arts, 201 W. Gay St., Lancaster, and at the door.

For ticket info, call (803) 285-7451. For play details, visit www.lancaster playhouse.com.