10 BCPE 85inX6The holiday season is, indeed, upon us, and Cape Fear Regional Theatre is getting ready to bring back its annual holiday favorite, “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.” This year, it’s a bit of a homecoming — in more ways than one. This marks the 29th consecutive season that CFRT has brought this holiday story to the stage. The show runs Dec. 6 through Dec. 22.

In this hilarious classic, 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. If you are looking for a chance to spend an hour of quality time with your family, take them to see “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.” This year, the show is directed by CFRT Education Director Marc de la Concha.

Leading the cast is Amber Dawn French as Grace Bradley. She returns to reprise the role she first performed last season. Amber has enjoyed performing in a number of productions with the theater.“Collaboration and community are two of my favorite things about theater, and ‘BCPE’ offers a beautiful opportunity to experience both during the Christmas season,” said French, regarding her affection for the whole experience.

Rounding out the cast are three separate casts of more than 100 children bringing this delightful story to life. These rising stars bring so much heart and enthusiasm to the stage; you won’t want to miss it.

Finally, this year, Founding Artistic Director Bo Thorp will make special guest appearances as Mrs. Armstrong at certain performances. Thorp was the force behind first bringing this show to the CFRT stage in 1990, and she has directed myriad reincarnations since.

“The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” will most certainly become a memory that the audience will forever cherish, like so many other Fayetteville natives. Families return year after year to reflect on old memories and create new ones. The show is suitable for all audiences.

CFRT is located at 1209 Hay St. For tickets or for more information, contact the box office at 910-323-4233 or visit www.cfrt.org. Performance are Fridays at 7 p.m., Saturdays at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m., with some performances on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $16.

David Hemsley Caldwell first performed in the “BCPE” in 1994 and returns after 25 years to play the reluctant husband of Grace, Bob Bradley. He has returned to Fayetteville numerous times since 1994, performing and directing many shows for CFRT, creating long-lasting  friendships and building memories that he will forever cherish.

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