Drama Department presenting “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” and “Striking 12”: November 20-23
St. Charles Preparatory School Drama Department presenting
“The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” and “Striking 12”
Photo (above): The St. Charles Preparatory School production of “Striking 12″ & “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” features (Top, from left) seniors Nick Anderson ’15 (Immaculate Conception grade school, St. John Neumann parish) and Matt Munsell ’15, (St. Paul grade school, St. Paul parish); (Center, from left) junior Jackson Mittlesteadt ’16 (St. Matthew grade school, Church of the Resurrection parish) and Samantha Troutman (Bishop Watterson) and (Foreground) Natalie Belford (Grove City High School).
Renowned Director Doug Montgomery and the St. Charles Preparatory School Drama Department are proud to announce a unique holiday double-bill: “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” and “Striking 12,” an exciting new holiday musical.These shows are being presented Thursday, Friday, & Saturday, November 20, 21, & 22 at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, November 23 at 3:00 p.m. in the St. Charles Campus Theatre at 2010 E. Broad St.
Adult tickets are $10 each, and student tickets are $5 each. Reservations may be placed by calling the St. Charles main office at 614/252-6714 between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Tickets may also be purchased at the door.
“The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” is an American classic – one of the best Christmas stories ever – and certainly one of the funniest. In this hilarious Christmas classic, a couple struggling to put on a church Christmas pageant is faced with casting the Herdman kids–probably the most inventively awful kids in history. You won’t believe the mayhem – and the fun – when the Herdmans collide with the Christmas story head on! This delightful comedy is adapted from the best-selling Young Adult book, and has become a holiday staple for theatres across the United States.
“The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” was written in 1972 by Barbara Robinson. In 1982, Ms. Robinson adapted the book into a play which then lead to a popular TV movie in 1986. The first professional production of “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” was given by the Seattle Children’s Theatre on November 26, 1982.
St. Charles presented the national high school premiere of “Striking 12″ in 2008. With book, music, and lyrics by Brendan Milburn, Rachel Sheinkin and Valerie Vigoda, “Striking 12″ is inspired, in part, by Hans Christian Andersen’s, “The Little Match Girl,” and tells the story of a grumpy, overworked New Yorker who resolves to spend New Year’s Eve alone in his apartment when an unexpected visitor brings some much-needed cheer. The evening springs to life through an eclectic score that combines pop, rock, jazz, show unes, and more. Originally written and performed by the pop trio GrooveLily, this new expanded version features a funky contemporary score that is sure to having you humming along.
Through simple, unpretentious theater created through the voices and instruments of the performers, “Striking 12″ reminds us that “the world looks like new… on the first day of the year.”
“Striking 12″ is a cross between a rock concert and a holiday show for people who don’t like holiday shows. If it doesn’t get you in the holiday spirit, nothing will.
Happy Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas to All!