Christmas In February!

BLACKFOOT — Christmas for the Blackfoot Community Players arrived late — or early depending upon how it’s looked at — with the opening of BCP’s presentation of “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” Friday night with a six-night run at the Nuart Theater.

The show also went on Saturday night with more performances coming up Monday, Feb. 19-20, and Feb. 22 at 7:30 nightly. Tickets are generally $10, but there will be a special Friends and Family Night Monday with tickets at $7 for adults, $5 for children 12 and under.

Social distancing will be enforced and there will be a limited capacity for each performance.

The show was planned to go on around Christmas time, but COVID-19 restrictions brought a delay. For the cast and crew, it’s been a case of better later than never.

”I promised these kids that COVID could delay this show with this cast, but not cancel it,” said director Sharon Hoge. “If we can do Christmas in July and start Christmas in October then we can certainly do a beautiful Christmas show in February.”

The show tells the story of six misfit children who volunteer to star in their town’s Sunday School Christmas pageant and end up teaching the town the true meaning of Christmas.

The cast list numbers 70 including the production cast. Amy Moser is the assistant director.

Adult cast members include Jonathan Williams as Bob Bradley, Jerica Spillet as Grace Bradley, Tim Goodworth as Rev. Hopkins, Jennifer Martin as Mrs. Armstrong, Rachel Yancey as Mrs. Slocum, Heather Goodworth as Mrs. McCarthy, RoseMary Stuart as Mrs. Clausing, Rob Cox as Fireman 1, and Terry Hansen as Fireman 2.

Leading children include Megan Black as Beth Bradley, Liam Martin as Charlie Bradley, Jaden Yancey as Ralph Herdman, Preslie Williams as Imogene Herdman, Dexter Herdman as LeRoy Herdman, Jack Palmer as Claude Herdman, Sy Spillett as Ollie Herdman, Shelby Whyte as Gladys Herdman, and Eden Kreger as Alice Wendleken.

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