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Event: 'The Best Christmas Pageant Ever!'

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Date: Saturday, November 29, 2008 At 10:30 AM
Duration: 1 Day

For Immediate Release
November 4, 2008


Contact:
Anna Toujas
504.885.2000 ext. 205
publicity@jpas.org




JPAS Theatre Kids! Program Presents
THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER!
Sixty Children from Three Parishes Bring this Kid's Classic to Life


Hey! Unto you a child is born! The Herdman children are the meanest, toughest kids in town. So what happens when they take over the church's annual Christmas pageant? Don't miss the mayhem and the fun that ensues! Celebrate the spirit of the season with this funny, memorable, outrageous tale that's been a favorite of young readers since 1972 - and continues to be one of the best Christmas stories ever. Claire Van Cott directs sixty children ages 5-14 who participated in the JPAS Theatre Kids! Program in this holiday classic that is sure to charm.

Two alternating casts of kids will perform THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER by Barbara Robinson Saturday and Sunday, November 29 & 30 and December 6 & 7 at the Westwego Performing Arts Theatre, 177 Sala Avenue in Westwego. Saturday performances are at 10AM and 7:30PM with Sunday performances at 2PM. Tickets are $15 for Adults, $12 for Seniors, Military and Students (with valid ID) and $10 for Children 12 and under. Call 504.885.2000 or visit www.jpas.org to reserve tickets.

Based on the popular children's book by Barbara Robinson, this family-friendly stage version of THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER is a heartwarming story about discovering the true meaning of Christmas, brought to light by the Herdman kids. The Herdmans are absolutely the worst kids in the history of the world! They lie and steal and smoke cigars (even the girls). So, no one is prepared when the Herdmans invade church one Sunday and decide to take over the annual Christmas pageant. This pageant is full of surprises for everyone, starting with the Herdmans themselves!

Sixty children from over three parishes participated in the JPAS Theatre Kids! Program to put this show together. THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER is the first production of the new JPAS Theater Kids! Program, spearheaded by JPAS Assistant Executive/Artistic Director Claire Van Cott. This free, four week program gives kids the chance to learn about the process of putting on a show as well as learning basic acting techniques through theatre games and rehearsals. The program culminates with performances of a show.

"I really wanted to create a JPAS program that would allow kids to be involved in JPAS theatre beyond the summer time," said Director Claire Van Cott.

"Kids' enthusiasm and energy really invigorate JPAS. The Theatre Kids! Program gives them a chance to shine and just have fun with theatre. These kinds of experiences really stick with them and nurture a life-long love of the arts. I am so proud of all the kids in PAGEANT! Each and every one of them is a star!"

The kid-cast of THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER is:
Alexa Accardo, Lauren Accardo, Vincent Accosta, Allison Alario, Paxton Anderson, Tiffany Baira, Morgan Ballard, Miles Ballard, Hailey Barret, Noel Beldon, Destiny Billot, Emma Bologna, Konner Bordlee, John Brown, Sergis Centanni, Kevin Chanove, Allison Chartier, Cameron Couvillion, Jordan Cruise, Rebecca D'Antonio, Elizabeth Donner, Bryce Dorand, Shane Fitzpatrick, Lane Gagnard, Katie Griffin, Alyssa Guillot, Matthew Hendrix, Sabrina Hibben, Conner Hill, Anna Belle Hines, Alexis Huang, Kassidy Kraft, Shayla Lange, Alyssa LaRose, Madison LeBlanc, Sara LeBlanc, Arianna Longoria, Marlea Maddox, Kelsey Makofsky, Jonathan May, Jaquelyn McElven, Alyssa Morales, Mariel Nelson, Anne Marie Ory, Kaylin Parker, Karoline Patrick, Madeline Priest, Justin Sandoval, Nicholas Schnieder, Kailyn Smith, Amara Stokes, Ellen Suss, Riley Tafaro, Gabriella Trentacosta, Troy Tumminello, Justin Viosich, Olivia Wortley.

THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER by Barbara Robinson. Directed by Claire Van Cott. Costumes by Laura Jordan. Scenic Design by Tonya Moake, Lighting Design by Shannon R. Miller. Production Assistance by Giselle Chatelain. Prop Master: Joshua Tiska. Master Carpenter: Elizabeth Broomall. Master Electrician: Ryan Hauenstein.

More about Jefferson Performing Arts Society:
Jefferson Performing Arts Society is committed to arts education for all ages. Through Children's programming, JPAS strives to provide excellent theatre training to the youth, while giving the community an unforgettable theater experience.

The Jefferson Performing Arts Society is a non-profit arts organization dedicated to artistic and cultural enrichment for the Gulf South since 1978. Our mission is to support, produce and promote the performing arts in Jefferson and its surrounding areas.

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Anna Toujas
Director of Marketing and PR
Jefferson Performing Arts Society
1118 Clearview Parkway
Metairie, LA 70001
o:504.885.2000 ext. 205
f:504.885.3437
c:504.400.8239




--
Anna Toujas
Director of Marketing and PR
Jefferson Performing Arts Society
1118 Clearview Parkway
Metairie, LA 70001
o:504.885.2000 ext. 205
f:504.885.3437
c:504.400.8239