Friday, December 15, 2017

Final Four Shows at the Lofte!!

 

Review of December 7th Production

Bring the kids to this one - both you and they will have a hoot. Kevin Colbert directed 44 young actors and 11 adults in another outstanding production at the Lofte. In addition to rehearsing, he was also the bathroom and drinking water monitor. Act one started off a little slow, but when Grace Bradley loses it as the church pageant director toward the end, the pace picks up and never slows down. The scene changes are handled as part of the action by the actors, which seems to be a trend in live theater. Ken Snyder's uncomplicated sets were again meticulously constructed and he didn't pay me for mentioning him. There's an angel choir - great voices. There are the Herdman kids, who are the local rotten kids "good" kids warn their parents about.

This is the final production for the 2013 season, so get your buns over to Manely for one of the final four shows - you'll laugh out loud among strangers and it'll be OK.

Kevin met quite a challenge with all the youngsters and he did a great job.

All the young actors were either excellent or outstanding and the "church ladies" were funny.

Tess and Noah Arent as the Bradley kids - who also narrated the story - were exceptional, as was Kabrianna Mumford as the snarky "good girl" Alice (villains are always the best parts). Mia Thomas was authentic both as Imogene Herdman and the non-speaking Mary - she nailed both. Adeline Mogenson's Angel of the Lord stole the scenes she was in. Cordale Moxey had great diction and outstanding projection. The Angel Choir's voices were, well, angelic. If Talon Flodman and Samuel Gauthier are anything like their characters Leroy and Ralph, I'm glad they don't live next door.

Great job, all of you!!

Rating

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The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
By Barbara Robinson

Dec 12, 13, 14 & 15

In this hilarious Christmas tale, a couple struggling to put on a church Christmas pageant is faced with casting the Herman 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!
Special $10 ticket pricing for children 12 and under! Call the box office for details.

Click here for ticket Information

 "The Worst Best Christmas Pageant Ever"

Cigars in the ladies room? Drinking the communion wine? Will Christmas ever be the same? You may find that it's even better! The beloved children's story, 'The Best Christmas Pageant Ever," will open on the Lofte's main stage on Saturday, November 30.

Based upon the book written by Barbara Robinson, this is the story of the six rough-and-tumble Herdman kids who bully their way into the annual Sunday School Nativity play. The church ladies, the Reverend and even the volunteer fire department are sure this will be the worst Christmas pageant ever, but the Sunday School teacher remains stubbornly optimistic. The production is filled with youthful energy and a true spirit of Christmas.

The production is directed by Kevin Colbert. Starring as the pageant director and her husband are Anne Pope and Scott Nielsen of Eagle. Their children, Charlie and Beth help to narrate the story, and are played by real-life brother and sister Noah and Tess Arent of Murdock. The Herdmans are played by Mia Thomas of Bellevue, Samuel Gauthier and Adeline Morgenson of Louisville, Talon Flodman and Gus Pope of Eagle and Xander Monson of Brock. In all, there are fifty-six people in the play. Forty-four of them are children!

The production will run November 30, December 1, 6-8 and 12-15. Curtain times are at 7:30pm except for Sundays which are 2pm matinees. Tickets are $17 for adults and only $10 for children under 12. For reservations, please call the Lofte box office at 402.234.2553.


Pictured on Attachment:  Front row, Xander Monson and Samuel Gauthier.  Back row, Mia Thomas, Gus Pope, Adeline Morgenson and Talon Flodman as the obnoxious Herdman clan!

Entire Cast List

Mother (Grace Bradley)                         Anne Pope
Father (Bob Bradley)                             Scott Nielsen
Beth Bradley/Angel Choir                      Tess Arent
Charlie Bradley/Shepherd                      Noah Arent
    
The Herdmans

Ralph Herdman/Joseph                         Samuel Gauthier
Imogene Herdman/Mary                         Mia Thomas
Leroy Herdman/Wise Man                     Talon Flodman
Claude Herdman/Wise Man                   Gus Pope
Ollie Herdman/Wise Man                       Xander Monson
Gladys Herdman/Angel Of The Lord     Adeline Morgenson
    
Other Speaking Children

   
Alice Wendleken/Angel Choir                Kabrianna Mumford
Maxine/Angel Choir                               Emma Gauthier
Doris/Angel Choir                                  Sarah Riha
Beverly/Baby Angel                               McKenzie Norris
Shirley/Baby Angel                                Emma Mattix
Juanita/Baby Angel                               Molly Kaldahl
Elmer Hopkins/Shepherd                      Cordale Moxey
Hobie/Shepherd                                    Nicholas Neumann
David/Sheperd                                      Tobin Loper
    
Other Speaking Adults   
Mrs. Armstrong                                      Brenda J. Jones
Mrs. Slocum                                           Keri Hogue
Mrs. Clark                                              Anne Riha
Mrs. Clausing                                        Hope Hibler
Mrs. McCarthy                                       Christine Kaldahl
Mrs. Smith                                             Kathleen Gauthier
Reverend Hopkins                                Jim Skrobo
Fireman, Johnny Gage                         Scott Pope
Fireman, Roy DeSoto                           Mark Hogue     
     
Non Speaking Shepherds   
  Dayton Carlson
  Zach Gauthier
  Will Jones
  Aaron Loper
  Cedric Moxey
      
Non Speaking Baby Angels   
  Averi Hogue

Lily Pope
  Ashley Cappen
  Alexis Mogensen
      Samantha Burch
      Carlee Petereit
      Vivian Kaldahl
      Delaney Carlson
      Maggie Richter
      Lea Kalkowski
      Chloe Hibler

Non Speaking Angel Choir
      McKenna Jones
      Jayda Moxey
      Piper Monson
      Shelby Gibbins
      Constance Baker
      Denae Nielsen
      Kaitlyn Cappen
      Amberlyn Loper
      Rylee Stohlmann
      Amyra Moxey
      Rylee Hogue