Here's the story from today's Herald-Dispatch:
While Marshall University’s students are in the maw of finals, the younger kids in the area have commandeered the bright lights of the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center as the First Stage Theatre Company, Huntington’s children’s theater, and the Marshall Theatre Alliance have teamed up to present the rollicking show, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.
Co-directed by the husband and wife team of Justin and Sydnee McElroy, the one-hour play will be presented at 7 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, Nov. 30-Dec. 3 as well as 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4.
Tickets are $12 and $8 for children. Call the Box Office at 304-696-2787 for more info.
Based on the best-selling 1972 book by Barbara Robinson, “Pageant” tells the story about the six wild urchins in the Herdman family who come to church just for the snacks and stay to take all the roles in the Sunday School’s Christmas play, giving the show a little bit of a twist.
Robinson adapted the book to the stage and since 1982 it has been a solid community theater holiday hit around the world. The book was made into an ABC movie in 1983 starring Loretta Swit, of MASH fame.
The McElroys also co-directed the play back in 2005 when First Stage presented the play. Read an interview with the couple in Thursday’s Herald-Dispatch Weekend section, packed with 20 pages and hundreds of ideas of great entertainment for the weekend and beyond in the Tri-State.