A Charlie Brown Christmas, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, and Christmas Cabaret at the Boulevard The Christmas Season has arrived and Emerald Coast Theatre Company is offering three fantastic shows to get you in the spirit!
First up, A Charlie Brown Christmas: Live On Stage. By Charles M. Schulz, adapted by Eric Schaeffer with special arrangement by Arthur Whitelaw and Ruby Persson. Discover the true meaning of Christmas with Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the rest of the Peanuts Gang in this classic adaptation of “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” Presented by ECTC’s talented Junior Company teen players. There are three chances to watch – Saturday, December 3, at 9:30 a.m., Sunday December 4, at 2:30 p.m., and Saturday, December 10 at 9:30 a.m.
Cast List Charlie Brown – Caleb Vantassell Snoopy – Lainey Whitten Lucy – Kate Sprenkle Linus – Will Mustain Pig Pen – Allison Hoge Frieda – Faith Steffens Schroeder – Alex Koehler Violet – Ana Gavilan Sally – Clara Taylor Patty – Caylen Curle Shermy – Noa Bathon Marcie – Gabrielle Wells
Director: Phillip Padgett Managing Director: Trenton Bainbridge Technical Designer: Rebeca Lake Set & Lighting Designer: Rebeca Lake & Ethan Craig Technical Director: Drake Miller Music Director: Ariana Rayher Costume & Prop design: Tara Padgett Stage Manager: Walker Rivard
Next will be The Best Christmas Pageant Ever: The Musical December 8 – 18 In this Mainstage Holiday Musical, The Herdmans are the worst kids in the history of the world–so when they crash Sunday school and demand parts in the Christmas pageant, the whole town panics. There’s not supposed to be biting or cigar-smoking in Bethlehem and soon everyone is calling for reluctant director Grace Bradley to cancel the whole thing. It’s now up to the Bradleys to help the community see the Herdman kids through new eyes in this buoyant musical adaptation of the funny and touching holiday classic. There are many chances to watch December 8 – 18 – Thursday – Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Sundays at 2:30 p.m., and Wednesday, December 14 at 2:30 p.m.
Book and Lyrics by Jahnna Beecham. Music and Lyrics by Malcom Hillgartner. Based on the play by Barbara Robinson. Orchestrations and vocal arrangements by Deborah Wicks LaPuma.
Director: Nathanael Fisher Choreographer: Tara Padgett Managing Director: Trenton Bainbridge Technical Designer: Rebeca Lake Set Designer: Rebeca Lake Music Director: Mary Jetter Prop Designer: Anna Fisher Costume design: Anastasiia Sennikova Stage Manager: Phillip Paggett Technical Director: Drake Miller
Cast list Bob Bradley – Brian Nabors Grace Bradley – Hillary Marshall Rev Hopkins – Bruce Collier Helen Armstrong – Darla Briganti Ralph Herdman – Caleb Vantassell – (ECTC Theatre Education Program Student) Imogene Herdman – Allison Hoge – (ECTC Theatre Education Program Student) Leroy Herdman – Lucca Bucalo – (ECTC Theatre Education Program Student making their professional theatre debut) Claude – Alex Koehler – – (ECTC Theatre Education Program Student making their professional theatre debut) Gladys Herdman – Sabrina Rivard – (ECTC Theatre Education Program Student making their professional theatre debut) Beth Bradley – Clara Taylor Charlie Bradley – Landon Metzger – (ECTC Theatre Education Program Student making their professional theatre debut) Elmer Hopkins – Henry Dunn – (ECTC Theatre Education Program Student making their professional theatre debut) Teddy Shoemaker – Preston Smith – (ECTC Theatre Education Program Student making their professional theatre debut) Ivy Reed – Aubrey Freeman – (ECTC Theatre Education Program Student making their professional theatre debut) Alice Wendleken – Selah Metzger – (ECTC Theatre Education Program Student making their professional theatre debut) Luanne – Church Lady – Martha Winfield Connie – Maddalena Ostroski Betty – Melissa Raulerson Church Lady – Taylor Mclaughlin Church Member – Dylan Van Slyke Church Member – Austin Radican Sunday School Kid – Zoe Fisher – (ECTC Theatre Education Program Student) Sunday School Kid – Walker Rivard – (ECTC Theatre Education Program Student making their professional theatre debut) Sunday School Kid – Kate Sprenkle – (ECTC Theatre Education Program Student making their professional theatre debut) Ollie – John Kerrigan – (ECTC Theatre Education Program Student making their professional theatre debut)
And finally, allow the Christmas Cabaret at the Boulevard to sing you into the Christmas spirit, Wednesday, December 14 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, December 17 at 2:30 p.m. Mix, mingle and enjoy live musical selections performed by our talented actors. Enjoy classic holiday songs and join in some carols as well. Like a mug of hot cocoa, this limited-run event will warm your heart and get you in the holiday spirit!
These performances will be staged in ECTC’s main space located on the second floor of 560 Grand Boulevard in Grand Boulevard Town Center in Miramar Beach. Tickets range from $12 – $40 depending on the show. There is an additional processing fee for ticket purchases. Purchase tickets online at www.emeraldcoasttheatre.org.
Save the date for ECTC’s upcoming family friendly offerings: You and Me Under the Sea (for 6 mos – 5yrs – Mar 21 – Apr 8) and The Sound of Music (May 5-14).
A special thanks to ECTC’s Major Sponsors of the 2022-2023 season: Grand Blvd at Sandestin, St. Joe Community Foundation, Howard Group and the South Walton Tourist Development Council (Visit South Walton). Thank you to ECTC’s Presenting Theatre for Young Audience Sponsors: the Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County.
To make a tax-deductible donation, volunteer or learn more about Emerald Coast Theatre Company, call (850) 684-0323 and visit www.emeraldcoasttheatre.org. Engage with ECTC as well on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.
ABOUT EMERALD COAST THEATRE COMPANY: Emerald Coast Theatre Company is a 501(c)(3) founded in 2012 by Nathanael Fisher, MFA, and his wife, Anna Fisher, MA. Based in Miramar Beach, Florida, ECTC’s mission is to enrich and entertain the Emerald Coast community through professional and educational theater. ECTC operates year-round with a two-fold mission to provide both educational and professional offerings to the Northwest Florida community. Educational programs include after school and home-school programs, Theatre for Young Audiences productions, field trip opportunities for local children, touring and staged productions, summer camps, workshops and classes. The professional theater efforts are focused on thought-provoking productions and collaborations, as well as acting and improv workshops and classes for adults.