By Xzandra Hoard, Reporter
Grand Island Senior High is getting ready for a play called ‘The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.’ This play is based on a book written by Barbara Robinson which was published in 1971.
The play will be held Dec. 3 at 7:30 pm, Dec. 10 at 7:30 pm, and Dec. 11 at 5 pm. The play will be held at Grand Island Senior High in the auditorium.
The play is going to be about how a couple is having problems putting on a church Christmas pageant with children who are troublemakers who soon realize what Christmas is really about.
The students participating in this play include elementary students and Grand Island Senior High students. The casting members are Christopher Linden, Thomas Casarez, Clark Boettger, Logan Ripp, Cael Wiegert, Carter Shultz, Kainen Mora, Hendrix Ulmer, Nolan Kier, Christian Smith, Jayden Adams, Lucy Lopez, Elaine Shelton, Makenna DeBraal, Analee Adams, Carley Pool, Sophia Mora, Alishandra Kirshbaum, Maggie Robinson, Ava Stein, Zoe Roundy, Emily Reimers, Grace Reimers, Hannah Madison, Olivia Madison, Alicia Cardenas, Claire Gartner, Adeline Woods, Karina Bautista, Zoe Alexander, Marlee Ulmer, Griselda Lopez, Eliot Stanley, Alex Weaver, Rylan Kier, and Reagan Kier.
The characters of the play are the Father, the Mother, Beth Bradley, Charlie Bradley, Ralph Herdman, Imogene Herdman, Leroy Herdman, Claude Herdman, Ollie Herdman, Gladys Herdman, Alice Wendleken, Mrs.Armstrong, Mrs. Slocum, Mrs.Clark, Mrs. Clausing, Mrs.McCarthy, Maxine, Elmer Hopkins, Hobie, David, Beverly, Fireman #1, Fireman #2, Shirley, Juanita, Doris, and Reverend Hopkins. Many of these characters play an important role in the Christmas play.
Some background information of the author Barbara Robinson for starters is she has written over twenty five books. Robinson was born Oct. 24, 1927 and she died July 9, 2013. She went to Allegheny College, and Portsmouth High School. Some awards she had received are the Georgia Children’s Book Award in 1976, the Young Hoosier Book Award in 1978, the Maud Hart Lovelace Book Award in 1982, and the American Library Association Notable Children’s Book Award in 1999.
Many students and the lead directors have been taking time to practice dances, practicing their lines, figuring out who fits which character perfectly, and figuring out what costumes would fit best for the characteristics of the character the students are playing as. It may seem like it’s not that big of a deal but multiple students, parents, and teachers will be showing up to see this play.