2019 - 2020 Show Season

The Dallas Theater

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever: The Musical

  • Thursday, December 5th – 7:00 PM
  • Friday, December 6th – 7:00 PM
  • Saturday, December 7th – 7:00 PM
  • Sunday, December 8th – 3:00 PM

The Herdsman’s are the worst kids in the history of the world–so when they crash Sunday school and demand parts in the Christmas pageant, the whole town panics. There’s not supposed to be fighting or cigar-smoking in Bethlehem, and while these kids have never even heard the Christmas story, they definitely have rewrites! Soon everyone from the terrified pint-sized shepherds to the furious church ladies is calling for first-time director Grace to fire the Herdsman’s. But it’s up to Grace and the Reverend to help their community see the Christmas story and the Herdman kids through new eyes in this buoyant musical adaptation of the funny and touching holiday classic. Silent night? Not a chance. But sometimes a little joyful noise is just right for Christmas. Our very own, Main Street Players, bring us this classic Christmas story that will be perfect for the entire family!

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever the Musical

Book and Lyrics Music and Lyrics
Jahnna Beecham Malcolm Hillgartner
Based on the Play by Barbara Robinson
Orchestrations and Vocal Arrangements by Deborah Wicks LaPuma
Produced in special arrangement with Broadway Licensing (www.broadwaylicensing.com)

 

Tickets:

  • Regular: $12
  • Discount: $10
  • Discount Information: Sr. 62+, Child, Student, Military with ID and Groups of 10+ tickets must be purchased over the phone or at the box office.
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  • Bethany Voyles (Grace Bradley) was previously cast at the Dallas Theater as Ms. Brill in Cheaper by the Dozen and Grace in Annie. She has also performed as Ivy in August: Osage County (Marietta Theater on the Square) and in the Ensemble in How I Learned to Drive (Act 3). Bethany teaches at Herschel Jones Middle School. When she isn’t on stage or eating Twizzlers, Bethany enjoys coaching her school’s Reading Bowl team and traveling. Her husband Brian makes this all possible and many, many thanks to the Dallas Theater for letting her and her boys, Elliott and Oliver, play together on this stage.
  • Filip Davidson (Charlie Bradley) was nervous at first but is super excited to be a part The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, his first play besides his time in drama camp.  Filip loves video games and reading Harry Potter and is preparing for his black belt test in Tae Kwon Do this month. He is thankful for his parents, the cast, crew, production team, and director for all their support in his first, and hopefully not last, performance.
  • Grace Copeland (Gladys Herdman) is so happy to be in her first                                   production with the Dallas Theater. She is a Sixth Grader at Sammy McClure Middle School, where she also plays clarinet in the band. When not in school or at the theater, Grace enjoys playing volleyball and listening to music.  While she was not familiar with the story of the The Best Christmas Pageant Ever before this production, she has found that portraying a Herdman child is very natural for her. Grace appreciates the constant support from her parents, and she would like to thank her family and friends for all their encouragement as she has prepared for this performance.
  • Hope Cohran (Imogene Herdman) is very excited and honored to be performing in The Best Christmas Pageant Ever the Musical at the Dallas Theater.  Hope is in the 8th grade at Bremen Middle School and is active in chorus and band.  She was cast in the Bremen High School’s production of The Little Mermaid in spring 2019.  Hope is also active in the Carrollton Community Theater.  Hope has performed in many other productions such as Lion King Kids Musical, Seussical Kids the Musical, Pinocchio, Shrek the Musical, Snow White Variety Show, Christmas Carol ballet, and the Nutcracker ballet.  Hope loves to dance, sing, and act. She is also a part of Barbizon acting/modeling.  Hope would love to perform on Broadway one day.  Her love of the theater has inspired her to pursue a degree in Music Theater after high school.
  • Jason Lyda (Bob Bradley) is excited to be in The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, the Musical. This is his first show at the Dallas Theater, and he’s thankful he gets to share this special experience with his daughter, Riley (Beth). Jason works as an analyst for WellStar and enjoys volunteering at his church as a worship leader and adult Bible class teacher.  In his free time, he enjoys playing guitar, reading, and playing video games. Jason would like to thank the cast and crew for making this such a fun experience and his wife for her encouragement and support.
  • Jonathan Bissette (Leroy Herdman) is so happy to be apart of the show, it is his first musical with the Dallas Theater.  He has previously been apart of the stage crew for Moses Middle Schools production of Aladdin Jr. Jonathan would like to thank Gabe Richman for helping him throughout his introduction to musical theater and his sister Victoria Bissette for emotional support. He’s fourteen years old and thinks this plays pretty deep, dude not gonna lie.
  • Molly Willingham (Maude Herdman) is excited to be in her first production at the Dallas Theater, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever the Musical.  She has attended the summer camp programs at the theater for several years and most recently, the Acting II class at the Dallas Theater.  She is also a talented artist and spends most of her free time creating various works of art.  She is very thankful for everyone in the cast and crew for making her first production such an awesome experience!
  • Oliver Voyles (Ollie Herdman) is thrilled to be part of this talented cast. He has his experience in the Dallas Theater Summer Camp to thank for being prepared for his first musical. He enjoys dominating in epic Nerf battles and scoring goals on his soccer team when he isn’t on stage. He is a 4th grader at Allgood Elementary. He would like to thank the director Jason for helping him with all the blocking and scenes, and for having tons of patience when He asked for too many breaks.
  • Riley Lyda (Beth Bradley) is excited to be in The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, the Musical. This is her second show at the Dallas Theater, the first being Jack and the Magic Beans. She also performed in Annie, Jr. with Young Actors Playhouse. Riley has developed her love for performing by attending camp at the Dallas Theater for the last six summers. She’s currently in sixth grade and in chorus at McClure Middle School. In her free time, Riley enjoys playing piano, writing songs, and hiking. She’s excited to be performing in a play with her dad, Jason Lyda (Bob), for the first time! Riley would like to thank the cast and crew for making this such an enjoyable and unforgettable experience.
  • Zander Gikas (Ralph Herdman) has been involved in acting in movies and television for the past three years. Including movies on Lifetime, Netflix and Hallmark.  He has been in acting classes most of his life and loves nothing more than to perform. However, this is his first theater performance.  He fell in love with musical theater after going to the musical theater summer camp at the Dallas theater.  He is very excited to be performing in this show and hopes that it will lead to being in many more. He wants to thank his family for always supporting his dreams and believing in him.
  • Allison Jones (Helen Armstrong) has been teaching for 15 years  and is currently a gifted teacher at Northside Elementary. Her love for attending musicals and theatre performances as well as her family’s support, led her to audition for the Dallas Theater. She has prior experience in singing performances and is bringing her love of music to musical theare. She is grateful for the opportunity to perform in her first ever acting role as Helen and has found a new passion that she plans to continue in the future. She would like to thank her family and friends for their endless support and encouragement.
  • Bailee Thurmond (Ivy Reed) is excited to be in The Best Christmas Pageant Ever the Musical. This is her first performance! Baylee also likes to paint and make fun crafts. They’re thankful for their family and friends.
  • Bella Roper (Ellie Hopkins) is very excited to be performing in her first show with the Dallas Theater. Bella was “Chip” in the 2016 production of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST at Paulding County High School and was in the ensemble for TOG’s 2017 production of JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT in Gadsden, AL. Bella attends HJMS where she takes all advanced classes, is on the “A” honor roll, plays flute in the band, is a Jr Patriots cheerleader and has been selected for All-State honor chorus! She thanks her family for their love and support. “Everyone break a leg”, and “I hope you enjoy the show!”That’s the way I look when I get home late; black and blue. That’s the way I look when I get home late; black and blue.
  • Bill Kimm (Reverend Hopkins) is ecstatic to make his stage debut at the Dallas Theater in “BCPE: The Musical.” A life-long fan of theater and musicals, Bill is thrilled “The Rev” is his first role. Bill can also be seen playing bass as a member of the North Metro Church worship team and cheering on his daughter’s all-star competitive cheerleading squad. Bill wouldn’t be here without the unwavering support from his wife, Marlene, and children Billy and Kailynn.
  • Courtney Jeromin (Luanne) is excited to be in The Best Christmas Pageant Ever the Musical. They have had a blast teaching Drama Camp and Acting Class at the Dallas Theater over the last 3 years. She is thrilled to be joining many of her past students on the stage for this production. Courtney is a Realtor in the real world and feels blessed with a job that lets her have the opportunity for other passions. She is thankful for her husband Chris and her two children for supporting her.That’s the
  • Malisa Gray (Connie) is excited to be a part of The Best Christmas Pageant Ever the Musical.  She has also performed in Oliver, That’s the Good News, and Nunsense over the years.  Malisa works full-time for Medtronic, a global medical device company, and enjoys playing tennis is her spare time.  She is blessed to have a supportive family as well as a wonderful cast & crew.
  • Marie Dixon (Betty) is excited for her first live theatre debut as Betty  in the Broadway musical, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. Marie has previously portrayed background ambiance characters in several television and feature film projects with the Georgia Film Industry. She has also practiced improvisation character acting at Six Flags Over Georgia as a Fright Fest actress and Holiday in the Park Christmas Caroler. “I am honored to be a part of this beautiful Holiday play with The Dallas Theater Main Street Players.”

  • Skyler Tegenkamp (Teddy Shoemaker) is currently a freshman at North Paulding High School. This will be her first official play at the Dallas Theater and she couldn’t be more excited to be a part of such an amazing production! Although this is her first official role, she is not a stranger to the Dallas Theater. She has attended 5 years of Drama Camp and completed Acting I and II. She has also performed in multiple school pays such as The Wizard of Oz, Singing in the Rain and Aladdin.
  • Yasmina Davidson (Alice Wendleken) makes her first play debut besides her time in drama camp and a small school performance.  She is super excited to be a part The Best Christmas Pageant Ever!  Yaya loves to sing and do crafts and is preparing for her black belt test in Tae Kwon Do this month. She’s thankful for her parents, the cast, crew, production team, and director for all their support in her first, and hopefully not last, performance.
  • Jahnna Beecham (Playwright/Lyricist) met Malcolm Hillgartner (Composer/Lyricist) while acting at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. They were married onstage at the Empty Space Theatre in Seattle and have built a life together in the arts. Beecham has written and directed for the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Cleveland Playhouse, Artists Repertory Theatre in Portland, Oregon Cabaret Theatre, Hope Summer Repertory Theatre and International Theatre of Vienna. Her collaborations with Hillgartner include the musicals Chaps!, Holmes and Watson Save the Empire, Dogpark the Musical, Chaps: A Jingle Jangle Christmas, Fire N Ice, They Came From Way Out There and a musical adaptation of The Doll People by Ann M. Martin and Laura Godwin. Under the pen name Jahnna N. Malcolm, the duo has written 130 novels for kids and young adults including Love Letters (Simon Pulse), Hart and Soul (Bantam), Zodiac (HarperCollins) and Scared Stiff, Scared to Death and the best-selling series Bad News Ballet and The Jewel Kingdom (Scholastic.) Beecham co-wrote and directed Scholastic Productions’ audio and video elements of The Baby-sitters Club 4th and 5th Grade Adventures CD Rom. Beecham and Hillgartner produced, scripted-–and Beecham directed – the movie The Ruby Princess Runs Away, which won “Best Picture” at the 2001 Burbank International Children’s Film Festival. Beecham’s most recent projects include editing The National Geographic Science Encyclopedia for young adults, and co-writing Living With Dying: A Complete Guide for Caregivers. (Livingwithdying.com.) She is a member of AEA and Dramatists Guild. Check out Beecham and Hillgartner’s Websites: Jahnnanmalcolm.com and Bestchristmaspageantevermusical.com

  • Malcolm Hillgartner (Composer/Lyricist) met Jahnna Beecham (playwright/lyricist) while acting at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. They were married onstage at the Empty Space Theatre in Seattle and have built a life together in the arts.Hillgartner has worn many hats as actor, composer, lyricist, music director, author, producer, and award-winning audiobook narrator. Composer and lyricist Hillgartner and playwright/lyricist Beecham have received commissions from Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Cleveland Playhouse, Hope Summer Repertory Theatre and Children’s Theatre of Charlotte. Their musicals include Chaps!,  Dogpark: The Musical, Holmes and Watson Save the Empire, Chaps: A Jingle Jangle Christmas, Fire N Ice, The Nutcracker Prince, They Came From Way Out There and The Doll People. In 2013 Holmes and Watson Save the Empire (Ace Productions) won the “Best Small Cast Musical” Ovation Award in Vancouver, BC.Hillgartner and Beecham have written books, commercials, industrial films, and weekly columns for Sesame Street Parents magazine. They’ve written computer games for Trilobyte/Virgin Games and Scholastic, and award-winning learning programs for Hooked on Phonics.Hillgartner is a much-acclaimed narrator of more than 200 audiobooks for Brilliance, Blackstone, Tantor, Random House, Hachette and Penguin. He won a 2017 SOVAS award for “Best Narrator, History,” was named a “Best Voice of 2013” by AudioFile magazine, and has won multiple Earphones awards. Malcolm is a longtime member of Actors Equity, SAG-AFTRA and the Dramatists Guild. Hillgartner’s audiobook site is malcolmhillgartner.com. The duo’s other websites are: Jahnnanmalcolm.com and Bestchristmaspageantevermusical.com
  • Shelley Hubbard (Producer) is grateful to return to the Best Christmas Pageant Ever for her 15th show with the Dallas Theater. Prior to the Dallas Theater, Shelley received Stage Management and Directing training at the University of West Georgia and the Alliance Theater. Currently, she is honing her prop skills by making fake ham. When theater isn’t consuming her life, she enjoys video games and being a foodie. She’s thankful for the cast, crew, and production team for all their hard work and will miss emailing everyone multiple times a week.
  • Jason Brice (Director) is excited to be directing The Best Christmas Pageant Ever the Musical. He served as the theater director at South Paulding High School from 2013 to 2016 he also performed in Cheaper by the Dozen at the Dallas Theater in 2015. Jason also likes to hike, camp, and tailgate at UGA football games. Go Dawgs. He’s thankful for his family who puts up with his delusions of grandeur and placates him when he’s says “I’m Superman. I can do anything.” By the way, this is his wife Beth’s favorite Christmas show and he hopes that she enjoys the performance. Merry Christmas!
  • Emily Hill (Music Director) graduated from Shorter University in May of 2017 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre and has been performing for over 10 years. She currently resides in Marietta Georgia where she coaches performers in the disciplines of voice, acting, and piano. She is heavily involved in local theatres and school productions in the area. She works with children at summer theatre and musical theatre camps and teaches seasonal acting classes at the Dallas Theatre. She most recently performed a cabaret titled “Remembrance” which closed in early October.  She plans to pursue her Master’s degree in Vocal Performance and go onto specialize in Musical Theatre Vocal Pedagogy, as well as perform in productions in the Atlanta area. She’d like to say a HUGE thank you to the wonderful cast and crew for their hard work, dedication, and kindness!
  • Belle-Marie Reynoso (Stage Manager) is enjoying her 6th season at the Dallas Theater. She is currently a student at Kennesaw State University studying Environmental Science, she wants to pursue a career in education. She is so proud of the cast of Grease, and cannot wait to see what else the kids do in their theater lifetimes. She would like to thank her boyfriend Nic, and her dogs Django and Hildie, for their love and support through the rehearsal process. And a big thank you to Shelley for training her when she first started at the Dallas theater, and Hayley her assistant SM for all the coffee runs.
  • Hayley Dowell (Assistant Stage Manager)

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  • Lead Technician: Jonathan Howard
  • Sound Technician: Taylor McAllister
  • Assistant Sound Technician: Elliott Westbrook
  • Lighting Technician: Randy Foster
  • Lighting Design: Debi McIntosh
  • Set Construction: Matthew Wells
  • Set Design: Kim Ward
  • Set Artwork: Jimmy Cole

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2019 - 2020 SERIES (12 Shows)
Plus 3 FREE Events!

Regular Price - $202
Discount – $178 (Senior 62+, child, student, military with ID and Groups of 10+)

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Free Events Included:

  • Creepy Classics: A Halloween Movie Event - 10/26/19
  • It's A Wonderful Life - 12/20/19
  • Black History Month Celebration - February 2020

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