Dorset Players to host reading of "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever"


DORSET — The Dorset Players' holiday production will be a charming stage rendering of Barbara Robinson's children's classic, "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever." Performances will be held on Dec. 4 and 11 at 7:30 p.m. and on Dec. 5, 6, 12 and 13 at 2 p.m.

The Herdman kids, the nastiest urchins imaginable, for whom swiping another kid's Twinkies is simply tasty fun, have taken this year's Christmas pageant by storm. When the story of the Nativity is read to them, however, the Herdman brats are genuinely moved, and in the end, against all odds, the production becomes the best Christmas pageant ever. In the meantime, of course, all heck breaks loose!

Director Kevin O'Toole and Musical Director Michael Gallagher have marshaled a talented cast of 30 adults and children from Londonderry, Pawlet, Manchester, Arlington, Sunderland and Dorset, as well as Salem, N.Y. Playing Grace Bradley, who is stuck with the task of putting on the pageant when Mrs. Armstrong breaks her leg, is Natalie Philpot Pergament, who wowed audiences in October as Sister Mary Hubert in the Players' production of "Nunsense."

Rounding out the Bradley family are Patrick Zilkha, who portrays her spouse, Bob, and Livia Barclay and Reed Brown, as daughter, Beth, and son, Charlie. The Herdman clan are played by Aidan Vogel (Ralph), Max Jacob and Erin Norton (Leroy and Claudette), George Zilkha (Ollie), Anastasia Koutrakos (Gladys), and Zoe Grigsby (Imogene). The redoubtable Mrs. Armstrong is being portrayed by long-time Dorset resident Judy Barrows, who is making her theatrical debut.

Tickets will be $15 for adults, and $9 for those ages 6 through 17. Children 5 years and under will be admitted free when accompanied by an adult. For tickets, call 802-867-5570 or 802-867-5777. Tickets also are available online at


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