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Players Prepare ‘Best Christmas Pageant Ever’

OSWEGO, NY – The Frances Marion Brown Theater in the Oswego Civic Arts Center has been alive with children preparing for the upcoming Oswego Players’ production of Barbara Robinson’s classic Christmas play, “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.”

Gathered around the manger in a scene from the Oswego Players’ production of “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” are from left (standing in the back row): Tea Habab, Beverly Murtha, Keegan McGreevy, Kat McGreevy, Jonathan Ryan, Liam McGreevy, Mariah Pepper, Grace Tolley, Olivia DeLorenzo, Hannah Strzelinski and Rose Snow. At the manger are Jesse Pauldine, Megan Murtha, Jon Alex Pauldine and Noah Pauldine. Seated in the very front are Lana Hsu, Juliette Gordon, Lean Norton and Cheyenna Gordon.
Gathered around the manger in a scene from the Oswego Players’ production of “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” are from left (standing in the back row): Tea Habab, Beverly Murtha, Keegan McGreevy, Kat McGreevy, Jonathan Ryan, Liam McGreevy, Mariah Pepper, Grace Tolley, Olivia DeLorenzo, Hannah Strzelinski and Rose Snow. At the manger are Jesse Pauldine, Megan Murtha, Jon Alex Pauldine and Noah Pauldine. Seated in the very front are Lana Hsu, Juliette Gordon, Lean Norton and Cheyenna Gordon.

The play will open on Dec. 11.

Director Jennifer Snow has assembled a large cast of children of all ages to bring to life the story of how the ruffian Herdman children were brought in to perform in a Christmas pageant and how it all came to a good end.

With unexpected twists and turns the pageant does finally get staged, although there are doubts along the way.

Included in the cast are: Matthew Gordon, Beverly Murtha, Olivia Delorenzo, Jonathan Ryan Tsutsumishita, Jon Alex Pauldine, Megan Murtha, Noah Pauldine, Cheyenna Gordon, Leah Norton, Juliette Gordon, Brienna Pauldine, Marilyn Dirk, Tea Habab, Julia Preston-Fulton, Grace Tolley, Liam McGreevy, Mariah Pepper, Jesse Pauldine, Adrianna Ellis, Donald DelPriore, Ken Snow, Rose Snow, Troy Pepper.

“The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” will be presented in the Frances Marion Brown Theater in the Oswego Civic Arts Center on Dec. 11, 12, 18 and 19 at 8 p.m. and on Dec. 13 and 20 at 2 p.m.

This year the Players have joined with the Toys for Tots campaign and a drop off box will be in the lobby of the theater.

Persons coming to the show are urged to bring a toy to drop in the box to help make Christmas happier for less fortunate families.