GALLIPOLIS — The French Art Colony’s Riverby Theater Guild is busy rehearsing “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever”, based on the beloved book by Barbara Robinson. The heartwarming Christmas tale will perform Saturday, December 8, at 7 p.m., at the University of Rio Grande’s Fine Arts Auditorium. On Saturday, December 15, at 7 p.m., the group will perform the story at Point Pleasant High School’s Wedge Auditorium, in Point Pleasant, W.Va.
A cast of 45 local performers will bring the funny and touching story to life. The play is directed by French Art Colony Executive Director, Joseph Wright, with music direction by Beth Fowble and assistance by Amy Weaver. The play will blend traditional Christmas carols into the story.
The comedy, by Barbara Robinson, is adapted from the best selling book and is the only story to ever run twice in McCall’s Magazine. Samuel French plays describes the script, “In this hilarious Christmas tale, a couple struggling to put on a church Christmas pageant is faced with casting the Herdman 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!”
This is Wright’s second time directing the production.
“The Best Christmas Pageant Ever is such a wonderful Christmas experience for audiences. Amidst the chaos of the comedic antics, the beauty and the power of the Christmas story suddenly takes over with dramatic results,” Wright explains.
Tickets for both performances will be available for purchase at the door for $7 for adults and $5 for students, seniors and French Art Colony members. call the French Art Colony at 740-446-3834 for questions.