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Village Church stages classic Christmas comedy

RANCHO SANTA FE — The Village Community Presbyterian Theater offers one of America’s classic Christmas stories, “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever,” by Barbara Robinson, at 7 p.m. Dec. 4 and Dec. 5 and Dec. 6 at 2 p.m. at 6225 Paseo Delicias. Admission is free but donations are accepted.
A cast of 34 is in rehearsals for this well-loved play that tells how the Herdmans, the worst kids in town, decide to take over the annual Christmas pageant. None of them has ever heard the Christmas story before. Their interpretation of the tale, that the Wise Men are a bunch of spies and Herod needs a good beating has a lot of people up in arms. But it will make this year’s pageant the most unusual anyone has seen and just possibly, the best one ever.
The play is directed by the Village Church drama director, Margie Wood and the stage combat scenes have been choreographed by Chris Williams. Barbara Adams is featured in the role of Mrs. Bradley, the mother who has been suddenly recruited to direct the annual pageant, Avelino Cortina as her husband with Alexa Sorensen and David Worsey as her children. The Herdmans are played by Parker and Kate Mitchell, Albert Shepherd, Rachel Waite, Kylie Duncan and Clark Brown.