Looking for some fun family entertainment this holiday season? Want to shop local? Come out and see “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” being performed November 29 & 30 at 7 PM and December 1 & 2 at 1:00 & 3:30 PM. It has become a holiday tradition for the Saline Area Players (and for many families in the community who come to watch) to perform a play at Stone Arch Arts and Events, 117 S. Ann Arbor St., during the same weekend as the holiday parade. The cast is made up of local children and parents and the classic script by Barbara Robinson is hilarious. Consider pairing this fun play with another downtown activity – the parade, eating out, local shopping…
If you’ve never been to one of the Saline Area Players’ holiday shows, know that the 6 performances fill up fast. There is room down front for the kids to watch the show close to the stage (or they can sit by their parents if they prefer). It’s one of the best deals in town with tickets at $5/person or $25 for the immediate family. Tickets are available in advance at Maureen’s Designs, 101 S. Ann Arbor St, or can be reserved by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. There will also be tickets at the door. The show lasts about 45 minutes. Additional information is on the website: www.salineareaplayers.org
The play is about a church that is preparing for the annual Christmas pageant. The Herdman kids, “the worst kids in the history of the world,” get wind of the production and decide to sign up. It puts the rest of the church members in a tizzy – the play will be like none before! Mrs. Bradley finds herself in charge of the pageant for the first time ever, while Mrs. Armstrong, the previous director for years, is stuck in the hospital and trying to direct the action from there. But, in the end, what appears to be a disaster in the works, turns out to be a pleasant and meaningful experience.
Enjoy this experience. It’s a great place to bring a budding thespian as many children in our cast came to see the holiday play and then auditioned the next year. For those who love the book, the play will not disappoint! The play is directed by Kara Williams (who grew up in Saline) and Elizabeth Champion. It is a must-see for family members of all ages.