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The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson

Adapted from the novel of the same name

Friday, December 10 & 17 | 7:00pm

Saturday, December 11 & 18 | 3:00pm & 7:00pm

A Note from the Director

Like many of you, I find this time of year to be my favorite.  The lights, the events, the family gatherings.  It warms us all, and in light of the last few years, we all need a little Christmas.  So thank you so much for joining us for our production.

Every year at this time I am reminded of the words penned by Charles Dickens, and spoken by the character of Fred in A Christmas Carol:

“But I am sure I have always thought of Christmas time, when it has come round—apart from the veneration due to its sacred name and origin, if anything belonging to it can be apart from that—as a good time; a kind, forgiving, charitable, pleasant time; the only time I know of, in the long calendar of the year, when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely, and to think of people below them as if they really were fellow-passengers to the grave, and not another race of creatures bound on other journeys.”

This quote has stuck with me for years, and is particularly relevant to the production you are about to see.  What are the Herdmans if not fellow passengers on life’s journey?  Is there room for people like them in our neighborhoods and cities?  Are we treating them like fellow passengers?  

This quote also always leads me to ask important questions of myself.  Am I opening up my heart?  Am I being kind, forgiving, and charitable?  Am I looking at the people around me as fellow citizens, or another race of creatures bound on other journeys?

So as you sit down and get ready to laugh at all of the silliness in store, take some time afterwards to ask yourself some of these questions.  Where are there places in our heart that we can open up to our fellow passengers at this time of year, and the whole year round?  And please take some cheer from our family at Trike to yours.  

In closing, I can think of no better way to end than to let Fred finish up:

“And therefore, uncle, though it has never put a scrap of gold or silver in my pocket, I believe that it has done me good, and will do me good; and I say, God bless it!”

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! 

-Chris Tennison, Director

 

Production Team

Director…. Chris Tennison
Assistant Director…. *Uma Kyles
Stage Manager…. Sarah Fantinel
Assistant Stage Manager…. Sam Morris
Technical Director …. Shannon Miller
Lighting Design…. Shannon Miller
Props Coordinator…. Laura Happel
Props Construction…. Sam Medlock, Cora Petrie, Emilie Roberts
Sound Design…. *Matthew Bragg
Costume Design …. Tanner McAlpin
Master Electrician/Assistant Technical Director…. Laura Happel
Master Carpenter/Assistant Technical Director…. Elijah DeWitt

Cast

Beth…. A’Mya Hayes

Grace…. Na’Tosha De’Von

Bob/Reverend Hopkins…. Riley Newsome

Charlie…. Oliver Anderson

Ralph/Mrs. Slocum…. *Grayson Reckner

Imogene…. Audrey Romero

Claude…. *Addie Lundy

Leroy…. Thatcher Reckner

Ollie…. Caroline Fitzgibbons

Gladys…. Sally Kate Lind (December 10th & 11) | Avery Valdez (December 17 & 18)

Alice…. Penelope Berry

Elmer…. Jonah Clupny

Hobie…. *Isaac Sides

Mrs. Armstrong…. Kylie Groom Stacy

Mrs. McCarthy…. Jessica Dutton

Maxine…. *Evelyn Longwell

Roberta…. Reagan Hall

Janet…. Avery Valdez (December 10 & 11) | Anjali Nambiar (December 17 & 18)

Shirley…. Anjali Nambiar (December 10 & 11)

Beverly…. *Caroline Sanders

David…. Solomon Oxford

 

*Member of TRAC-Trike Theatre’s Resident Acting Company. TRAC is a 9 month training program that gives young artists experience working on our Mainstage productions, both onstage and off. This program brings young artists of all backgrounds together to build foundational skills, cultivate strong bonds and connections between the young artists in our community, and build the next generation of artists in Northwest Arkansas. For more information on this program, please contact Chris Tennison at chris@triketheatre.org

 

Cast Bios

A’Mya Hayes (Beth) is in 5th grade. Her previous performance credits include Trike Theatre’s Miss Electricity, The Land of Zoom, Sleepy Hollow, A Christmas Carol, The Wild Robot staged reading, and The Light Princess. She has been doing gymnastics since she was 6 and love to draw and bake. She would like to give a shout out to her mom, and of course her entire family.

 

Na’Tosha De’Von (Grace) A native of Chicago IL, Na’Tosha was raised in Mississippi. She holds a bachelor of arts degree in Theatre and Speech Communications from Thee Jackson State University, and a Masters of Fine Arts in Acting from the University of Arkansas. Na’Tosha began her career in acting and poetry by way of God’s Design, believing that the purpose of her art is to expose and heal. Through her poetry she has worked with prominent people fighting for social injustices and human rights including: Danny Glover, Ilyasah Shabazz, Myrlie Evers, and Common. Her acting career has lead her to appear in several Walmart commercials, the series ‘Chase the Lion’ on the TBN televison network, and other film and television projects scheduled for release 2021. Na’Tosha has worked extensively with several theatre companies both Regional and Non-Regional across the nation, focusing on both classical and non-classical text. While working on her poerty, Na’Tosha is a casting assistant for Actors Casting Agency (ACA) in Arkansas. She has been a published poet for years, with her works in many notable literary sites including Literary Sanctuary. With her art, Na’Tosha desires to inspire and mentor younger artist who hold similar backgrounds to her. She wants to instill in young artist that with hard work and creativity, anything is possible.

 

Riley Newsome (Bob/Reverend Hopkins) is a Graduate Student at the University of Arkansas. His favorite performance credits include Romeo And Juliet (Mercutio), Peter And The Star Catcher (Mrs. Bumbrake), and Shrek The Musical (Pinocchio). He enjoys Dungeons and Dragons, going to the gym and writing. He would like to give a shout out to the MFA Cohort at UARK!

 

Oliver Anderson (Charlie) is a homeschooled student. This is his first show. He likes to sing, play the piano and ukelele, swim and play basketball. He would like to thank his Grandma for teaching him about theater.

 

Grayson Reckner (Ralph/Mrs. Slocum) is in 12th grade. His previous credits include lead in production of M.A.S.H, Night of Winter One Acts: (Action News, Who Wants to be a Cheerleader, The Rise and Fall of Agapatus) and Peter/Wendy. He enjoys writing original works, sketch comedy and being a professional awesome person. He would like to give a shout out to the wonderful audience, for without them, there would no longer be anyone to share this amazing show with.

 

Audrey Romero (Imogene) Audrey first started at Trike as a summer teaching apprentice in 2018, and she joined on as a Resident Actor and Teaching Artist in 2021. She is finishing her last year at the University of Arkansas, getting a double-B.A. in Theatre Performance and Latin American and Latino Studies with a minor in Communication. She is an actor that has primarily collaborated on new play developments with the University of Arkansas, TheatreSquared, Arkansas Public Theater, and Trike Theatre. Audrey also loves to dance to hip-hop, jazz, tap, and more! You can usually find her riding her bike, playing with her dog, or watching scary movies. As a multidisciplinary theatre artist, she is thrilled to work with an organization that values and encourages the youth to explore and express themselves through storytelling.

 

Addie Lundy (Claude) is in 9th grade. Her favorite performance credits include Trike Theatre’s Narnia, Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse, Tiger in My Soup, Next Gen, and Alice in Wonderland, and Peter/Wendy. She enjoys Acting and fun fact: she goes to school.  She would like to thank her plant, Dexter and Trike.

 

Thatcher Reckner (Leroy) is in 9th grade. His previous performance credits include, Trike Theatre’s Short Stories of Oscar Wilde. He loves musicals including Hamilton, In The Heights, and Les Mis. He loves reading, playing the piano, basketball, football and baking. He would like to thank his family for helping him and supporting him throughout this show. He would also like to thank Lin-Manuel Miranda for making him fall in love with theater.

 

Caroline Fitzgibbons (Ollie) is in 6th grade. She’s been with Trike Theatre for many years. She enjoys dance and is a member of the NWA Children’s Choir. She would like to thank her mom, dad, and her best friend, Amy.

 

Sally Kate Lind (Gladys) is in 5th grade. This is her first show since she was 4 years old. She enjoys horseback riding and the ocean. She would like to thank her mom, dad, BFFs Ciel, Stella and Stephanie Jordan.

 

Penelope Berry (Alice) is in 7th grade. Her previous performance credits include Trike Theatre’s Aladdin, Alice in Wonderland, and Mary Poppins. She enjoys writing, reading, competitive climbing, and theatre. She would like to thank her parents who are amazing and helped her all the way through.

 

Jonah Clupny (Elmer) is in 6th grade. His previous performance credis include, Bentonville Gifted and Talented’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Arts Live Theatre’s Puffs: or Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic and Magic. He loves to draw, dance and to be creative in so many ways such as writing stories and plays and playing the violin. He would like to thank his parents, his family, and all the people who have supported him in all he does.

 

Isaac Sides (Hobie) is in 8th grade. His previous performance credits include multiple locations: The Studio Theatre-Ralphie Parker, A Christmas Story the Musical, Bruce Bogtrotter, Matilda, King Agnarr/Oaken, Frozen Jr. Argenta Community Theatre-Ensemble, Ragtime. Arts Live Theatre-Clarence, It’s a Wonderful Life. He enjoys piano, choir, Dungeons and Dragons, robotics, writing plays, and singing. He would like to thank Trike for allowing him the opportunity to learn and grow in his love of theatre.

 

Kylie Groom Stacy (Mrs. Armstrong) is a Trike Theatre Resident Actor/Teaching Artist and is grateful to work for this awesome company! Her previous performance credits include, Trike Theatre’s, A Year With Frog and Toad and Sideways Stories from Wayside School. Other performance credits include Titanic at Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma, Frontier Follies and Hits At The Hollow at Silver Dollar City, Kiss Me, Kate and Into The Woods at Edmond Summerstock. She has 4 rescue dogs named Athena, Tyr, Artemis and Aphrodite (Dede for short). She LOVES Hallmark Christmas movies and also works at Dance By Eliese as a dance instructor and NWA Princess Parties as a performer. She would like to give a shout out to her hubby, Jeb, for putting up with her chaotic energy and hectic schedule.

 

Jessica Dutton (Mrs. McCarthy) is Trike Theatre’s Outreach Program Manager and mom of three kids. Her previous theatre credits include, Grease (2009) Music Director, Into the Woods (2008), orchestra; Suor Angelica (2004), Maestra delle novizie.

 

Evelyn Longwell (Maxine) is in 7th grade. Her previous performance credits include Trike Theatre’s Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse (Lilly) Peter Pan (Curly/Jane) Junie B Jones (Lennie) Shakespeare Camp – As You Like It (Duke) and Peter/Wendy (Peter). She would like to thank her family for their support and help with this show. I would also like to thank my two friends, Meg and Aylin, for helping me memorize my lines. I also thank my fellow cast members, for being kind and supportive, as well as just some cool people.

 

Reagan Hall (Roberta) is in 7th grade at NJHS. Her previous performance credits include Aladdin Jr., The Lion King Jr. (Rafiki), A Christmas Carol (Tiny Tim), Law and Order: Fairytale Unit (Pinocchio), Elsa in Frozen, All Together Now Mashup, We’re All In This Together (Martha Cox). She has been involved in Theatre for 5 years and loves baking! She would like to thank her theatre teacher, Mrs. Rine for helping her develop many skills needed for this play! She would also like to thank her parents for driving her across town for rehearsals.

 

Avery Valdez (Janet and Gladys) is in 5th grade. Her previous performance credits include, Audrey in Junior Shakespeare, Acrobat in The Circus Show, Anita Hay in The Other Wizarding School, Christmas Cabaret, Mr. Smee in Peter Pan, Iago in Aladdin, and QuianPo/The Matchmaker in Mulan. She loves to draw and write stories. She likes cats; she has two black domestic short-hair cats, Lucca and Bruno. She would like to thank her mom and dad, her grandmothers and her godparents.

 

Anjali Nambiar (Shirley) is in 6th grade. Her previous performance credits include, Trike Theatre’s Jungalbook and Alice in Wonderland. She also has training in Improv. She enjoys dance, swim, piano, band, and writing. She loves to dance and is taking Bollywood dance lessons. In her school band she plays the flute. She would like to thank her family and the Trike Theatre community.

 

Caroline Sanders (Beverly) is in 8th grade. Her previous performance credits include Trike Theatre’s A Christmas Carol, Sleepy Hollow and Peter/Wendy. She enjoys baking, art, cheerleading, and singing. She would like to thank Ella, her parents, Trike, Kylie and Lucy. 

 

Solomon Oxford (David) is in 9th grade. This is his first show. He is a competitive trampoline and tumbling athlete: obtaining gold medals both for state and regional divisions. He enjoys painting, watching movies, playing piano, hiking, and skiing. He would like to thank Chris Tennison.

 

Uma Kyles (Assistant Director) is in 8th grade. Her previous performance credits include Trike Theatre’s A Wrinkle in Time, Charlotte’s Web, Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse, The Wizard of Oz, Peter Pan, Sideways Stories from Wayside School and Peter/Wendy. She would like to thank her family, her best friend, and the Trike community.

 

Matthew Bragg (Sound Design) is in 11th grade. His previous performance credits include Aladdin the Musical, Newsies the Musical, The Count’s Daughter, Trike Theatre’s A Christmas Carol, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, and Peter/Wendy. He would like to thank his friends and family for supporting my acting career and Chris Tennison for all of his help.

 

Sarah Fantinel (Stage Manager) is joining Trike Theatre for the first time as Stage Manager. She has 11 years of theatre experience. She enjoys writing, crochet, knitting, and reading. She would like to thank her family and friends for supporting her through this whole journey.

 

Special Thanks

Thank you to the students, parents and families for supporting our young artists and Trike Theatre! 

 


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LAND ACKNOWLEDGEMENT We gather here today on the ancestral lands that were home to the Quapaw, Caddo, and Osage people. We acknowledge and show respect to these indigenous people that occupied this land in the past, in the present, and those who will occupy them in the future. We acknowledge the ties these tribes had with the land in both spirit and with natural resources and hope that what we do here today will honor the legacy that Native people continue to build.

 

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Trike Theatre is a 501(c)(3) not for profit organization and a proud Affiliate Artist of Walton Arts Center. Trike Theatre, also known as Tricycle Theatre for Youth, is based in Bentonville and dedicated to enriching and transforming the lives of young people through exceptional theatre experiences.