Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

December 4, 2012

"The Best Christmas Pageant Ever"


Effingham Daily News

EFFINGHAM — Three Chicks and a Stage, Effingham Performance Center and more than 70 area people come together to bring the funny "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever" to the Effingham Performance Center at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9.

    Tickets are on sale at www.TheEPC.org or at the EPC Box Office, 1325 Outer Belt West, Effingham and by phone at 217-540-2788. Box office hours are 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday, and until curtain time on performance days. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children age 12 and under.

    Young Beth Bradley narrates "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever," the hilarious story of her brother Charlie, her mother Grace and her father Bob trying to put on the annual church Christmas pageant, despite having to include the Herdman Family kids in the cast. They are perhaps the meanest, nastiest, most inventively awful kids in the history of the world. Come watch the Herdmans meet the Christmas story in a head-on collision.

    Cast and choir members include Robert Tripp, Geoff Lewis, Stef Kingery, Sophie Deters, Mick Willenborg, Alex Jackman, Alex Jorn, Ben Buzzard, Daniel Durbin Flack, Nicholas Burton, Isabella Jorn, Morgan Hagler, Jo Thomas, Stephanie Wells, Tammy Jackman, Jill Beck, Mary Flack, Libbie Jorn, Sydney Ladendecker, Abby Cothran, Seth McMurray, Patrick Sherrod, Griffen Elder, Keira Hirtzel, Kirstin Lindsey, Dave Parker, Dion Buzzard, Glen Starrett, Elizabeth Weidner, Daelynn Dunston, Kaitlyn Holste, Robert Tripp, Elise Passalaqua, Shiloh Drake, Courtney Beck, Kirstin Lindsey, Lydia Kull, Jessica Starrett, Hayden Resnser, Ethan Durbin Flack, Sam Deters, Jeanne Wolff, Haidyn Lewis, Caroline Kull, Addison Holste, Olivia Raddatz, Lilly Waymouth, Mariah Durbin Flack, Jordan Rayl, Maci Niemerg, Anna Hirtzel, Sarah Hirtzel, Hallee Lewis, Molly Wendt, Matti Angel, Laurel Hirtzel, Marrina White, Braylee Marxman, Hope Monnet, Alexus Russell, Clare Waymouth, Payton Sehy, Erica White, Conner Cothran and Seth Cothran.

    Director is Monique Hortenstine. Producer is Carol Hourigan. Director's assistant is Chelsea Miller.

    Set design and construction is handled by Glenn Pankonen, designer, Ron Hakman, Frank Hoelscher, Bill Pearcy and Shannon Harris.

    Lighting design and crew are Rich Jorn and Jackson Jorn.

    Stage crew is Ethan Weidner and parents stage crew is Tom Ladendecker, Georgia Brown, Shanna Lewis, Linda Drake, Christy Elder, Shannon Harris, Nathan Rueter, Julie Bushue, Dawn Dunston, Mollie Raddatz, Becky Kull and Tawnia Monnet.

    Sponsors of the production are Witt's Smokehouse, Samuel Music, Builders' Supply, Brown Painting, Sherwin Williams and Taylor Law Offices.

    Three Chicks and a Stage is a not-for-profit theater company in residence at the Effingham Performance Center. Jeanne Wolff, Carol Hourigan and Monique Hortenstine founded Three Chicks and a Stage in 2008.

    Effingham Performance Center is operated by Arts Connection of Central Illinois, a not-for-profit organization, that has been established for the citizens of Effingham County and beyond to showcase arts and entertainment, to encourage interaction with and appreciation of live performance, to endorse the educational process and to enhance the quality of life and cultural vitality of the region.

    More information about the Center and Arts Connection of Illinois may be found at www.theEPC.org or by phone at 217-540-2788.