Revisit your childhood and bring your children along for the ride as you take in this year’s production of “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” performed by the Dallas Children’s Theater. This classic holiday tale of how six unruly children inadvertently teach a congregation the true meaning of Christmas comes to the live stage at the Rosewood Center for Family Arts.
Friday, November 20th, curtains opened on the Dallas Children’s Theater’s 15th production of “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever”, boasting a cast of 100 performers (93 of those being children). Celebrating its 26 season, the Dallas Children’s Theater (DCT) does not disappoint with it reenactment of Barbara Robinson’s classic book. The Rosewood Center for the Family Arts was opened in October of 2003 and provides the perfect atmosphere for DCT performances. Large enough to be home to impressive theatrical productions but small enough to feel quaint and child-friendly, this 8.6 million dollar expansion is perfect for families looking for a good place to enjoy the performing arts.
The production did not disappoint either. Being a mom, I always feel a bit apprehensive when children are slated to perform. My motherly instincts kick in as I silently cheer them on inside my head. As the curtains opened and Beth Bradley (played by Kelly Brooks*) began her narration of the story, I forgot my tendency to worry about the children on stage and immediately became engrossed in the story line. “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” is the story of a mom, Grace Bradley, who accidentally becomes director of the annual Christmas pageant and is then faced with the dilemma of how to handle a family of untamed, rowdy children wishing to become a part of the show. This play is full of laughs and poignant moments. Running an hour and a half long (there is a 20 minute intermission), this performance is one to be enjoyed by all ages. Adults will appreciate the witty banter between Grace and Bob Bradley (played by Emily Gray and Karl Schaeffer) as well as the touching scene of Imogene Herdman (played by Grace Montie*) being transformed from wild child into the perfect portrayal of the Virgin Mary. The entire audience will not be able to resist the chance to sing-along at the end of the second act with the endearing Angel Choir, whose members range in age from preschool to middle school aged children.
This holiday season I recommend taking the family to the Rosewood Center for the Family Arts and taking in the production of “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” by the Dallas Children’s Theater. The production runs from November 20 through December 20, 2009. Complete show times and details can be found on the DCT website. Ticket prices are reasonable, with the best seats starting at only $20 (price depends on show date and time). The configuration of the Rosewood Center ensures that all seats have a good view of the stage, regardless of area. Saturday November 28th is Target Time Family Series Day, where all tickets to the 1:30pm show are only $12.50.
Load up the family, practice a few “Shazams!” and head out to the Rosewood Center for the Family Arts and catch this year’s production of “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever”. Amidst chaos and laughter, you will be reminded of the true meaning of Christmas.
**There are two children’s casts for DCT’s production of “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.” I saw the green cast on Friday November 20, 2009. Special thanks to Dallas Children’s Theater and Moms Out Loud for the opportunity to review this production.*