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Marybeth Clark, Associate Artistic Director

December 10, 2010

Reflection on Best Christmas Pageant, by Director Marybeth Clark

Filed under: Back Stage Blog — julianw @ 3:31 pm

Recently Matthew Morrison, from the popular TV show Glee, talked about one of his favorite memories as a young actor.  It was playing a Herdman at his local theatre at ten-years-old.  It wasn’t really surprising to me, as many times as I have directed this show it remains a favorite of mine.  Who doesn’t love watching “bad” kids take over the pageant?!  This year we have multiple actors whose older siblings have been in past Pageant productions.  I have heard from former cast members who are in college now and amazingly more than one remember their one and only line was “My wings got bent.”

We also have cast members who do not celebrate Christmas and when someone asked if that was awkward, a cast member had the best answer, “Being in theatre is about telling a story and this is a story about giving everyone a chance.”  I couldn’t say it better myself.


Alexandra Key as Gladys Herdman in The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.


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