Today we went to see The Best Christmas Pageant Ever at the Kentucky Center. The play was made by StageOne Family Theatre. It was wonderful and we loved everything about it – the sets, the characters, the play, and the acting and so much more. There was a newspaper program that had lots of suggestions in it about reviewing a show and we used some of them for our review.
We have read the book on which the play is based and it has a scene in it about a woodhouse burning down. The play didn’t have that scene but it doesn’t really take anything from the play. It is kind of like an extra thing – a bonus scene – in the book. We think the set is very important because it expresses ideas in a way an actor cannot. For instance, while the Herdmans are poorly behaved pretty much everywhere, the fact that they were being so bad in church really shocked everybody else. The costumes are important because they help express things in a different way as well. They help express who a character is – making the difference between the Herdmans and a the rest of kids, for example. We liked how the actors delivered their lines very comically. “Out of the black night with horrible vengeance the Mighty Marvo!” really made us laugh. There were lots of significant gestures and movements that added to the play’s meaning. For example, the Herdmans were always sitting like they were bored – every second they weren’t fighting that is! The lighting certainly contributed to the mood or the setting of the show as well. There were lots of different times when the lights came up and highlighted the narrator or the women’s society. We thought this was good because it made the scene distinct from the main church and home set and it made the play easier to follow.
We had many favorites in the play. Our favorite character was Leroy. He was very funny and all like “What ‘ya gonna do ’bout it?” One of our favorite scenes was the rehearsal scene because the Herdmans were so poorly behaved that they never go to do an entire show run-through. Another favorite scene was the pageant because the acting in the pageant itself was very good and we like when there is a show within a show. We liked the set which was basically the Bradley’s house and the church combined into one. The lighting helped make it easy to see when the set was each scene.
This was a cool play and we really think that you should come and see it. The next public shows are December 6th and 20th at 2 and 5 PM each day.
Turtle and Moose