Mrs. Armstrong always does the Christmas Pageant. She always picks the same Mary and the same Joseph and the same angels and everything always goes as planned. That is, until she ends up in traction and the Herdmans decide they want to be the stars.
The whole town is in an uproar but Mrs. Bradley is determined to put on “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever,” the next production of Aloha Performing Arts Company, guest directed by Roxanne Fox.
The cast features local performers Matthew Haider, Jana Powell, Riley Anne Newton and Kai Bram as the Bradley family, and as the Herdman family Madison Lee Vetter, Robert J. Vetter 3rd, Hope Boyd, Lauren Gabbe, Vincent Hicks, and Dominic Altamirano.
Assorted angels and shepherds are played by Alexa Altamirano, Mehana Grace Guy, Jayci Kaimiola, Jade Onaka, Madison Bram, Eloisa De Farias, Michelle Axelson, Olivia Loney, Zea May Olson Levine, Patrick Riehle, Annalisse Nolder, and Pomai and Dylan Magoon-Haider. Meddling church ladies are played by Karen Barry, Paula Cornwell, Thelina O’Daniel, and Ann Rudd.
The long-suffering Reverend Hopkins is played by Dick Hershberger, and the pageant is narrated by Kristen Cole. Robin Noyes is assistant director, Toni Reynolds is stage manager, producers are Annabelle Treacy and Karen Barry, and designers include Gerald Lucena, set; Kerry Matsumoto, props; Miguel Montez, sound; and boB Gage, lighting. Younger cast members attend Kahakai Elementary, Holualoa Elementary, Hualalai Academy, Kealakehe Elementary, Konawaena Elementary, Kona Pacific Public Charter School, Kealakehe High School, Makualani Christian Academy, Konawaena High School and Hawaii Technology Academy.
“The Best Christmas Pageant Ever,” by Barbara Robinson, will be performed at the Aloha Theatre in Kainaliu Dec. 6-22, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $20/$17/$10, and are available by phone during weekday business hours at 322-9924, online at www.alohatheatre.com, or at the theater box office beginning one hour prior to curtain time.
For more information, call 322-9924.