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The Best Christmas Pageant Ever 2012

Meet the Cast (in order of appearance)

 

Beth Bradley- Sara Hively

Sara Hively (Beth)- is honored to be a part of this cast.  This is her first production with Park Players, however she spent last Christmas with Mr. Clay and Mr. Brad at ACTA playing Jennifer in The Christmas Toyshop. Other performances include Christine ( I Remember Mama), Mouse (Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing), Ms. Teavee ( Willy Wonka, Jr.), Young girl ( The Music Man).  Sara spent her Saturdays in the autumn at Mr. Brad Water’s acting class.  She is so grateful for the time she spent with him, and all that she was able to learn from him.  She will take it with her as she grows as an actress and as a person.  Merry Christmas and may God bless you and keep you this holiday season!  

 

 

 

 


 

 

Alice Wendleken - Cece Kelly

Cece Kelly- Cece is very excited to play Alice in this production of The Best Christmas Pageant Ever!  This is her first Park Players production.  She appeared this summer as Ramona in StageDoor Youth Theatre’s Miss Nelson is Missing. Cece was born in Birmingham, Alabama and is a 5th grader at Cherokee Bend Elementary School. Cece likes dancing, basketball, volleyball, reading, and travelling with her family. She really enjoys acting and hopes to do more in the future!  Cece’s dream cast would be working with Johnny Depp, Jack Black, Eddie Murphy, and Jennifer Lawrence. Cece would like to thank her family for their love and support.  She is grateful she got to meet Brad and is thankful to him for giving her this opportunity. She is also thankful to Clay for everything! She hopes you all enjoy the show!

 

 

 


 Maxine-Nicole Luthcke

Nicole began her theatre career at Southminster Day School during her first grade play. This is where her desire to be on stage was sparked by her music teacher Jane Holbert. Nicole has been seen locally on many stages, including: Red Mountain Theatre, Briarwood Presbyterian Church, Birmingham Children's Theatre and Virginia Samford Theatre as well as Southminster Day School. Nicole has previously been in "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever" with The Birmingham Children's Theatre. She is thrilled to portray "Maxine" in this current production. Her favorite role, thus far, was her portrayal as a kitten in "CATS" with S.T.A.R.S. at the Virginia Samford Theatre. Nicole attends The Altamont School and hopes to pursue a career in music or theatre. She also is a member of the volleyball team as well as the youth choir at Altamont and Briarwood Presbyterian Church. Nicole's hobbies include photography, wake boarding and snow skiing. She dedicates this performance to Brad Waters.

 

 


 

Charlie - Dorian Donnell Davis

Dorian is excited to be a part of the Park Player’s production of The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, for in his words “There is nothing more exciting than being on stage”.  Dorian Donnell Davis is a 5th year student at Creative Montessori School where he was introduced to theatre and acting under the direction of Jessica Walston-Alldredge and where he now takes classes under Morgan Walston, ASFA student and younger sister of Mrs. Alldredge.  Dorian made his main stage debut at age eight in The Bards of Birmingham production of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer’s Night Dream where he played the role of the young lover Lysander.  Dorian has since been seen as Silvius in As You Like It; Young York in Richard III; Ferdinand in The Tempest; Duke Orsino and Sir Toby Belch in Twelfth Night; and he is presently cast as Hamlet in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead all produced and directed by The Bards of Birmingham’s Artistic Director Laura Coulter.  Dorian also played the role of  Jack in Alabama School of Fine Arts Summer Camp’s 2012 production of Who Said Jack Doesn’t Know Beans.  Dorian enjoys soccer and cub scouts and is looking forward to becoming a Boy Scout in May.  Dorian’s favorite past time activity is reading and he has been known to take book to the circus, to the theatre and even to Disney World. 

 


 

Bob Bradley - Greg Hively

 

Greg is very excited to be back with Birmingham Park Players for the production of The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.   His most recent roles include Hobart Kemp in Ramona Quimby, Doc in Birmingham Park Player's Production of Second Samuel, Mr. Hyde in I Remember Mama, Jack in The Christmas Toyshop and Salesman #5/ensemble in The Music Man.  When he is not on stage, he is working as an optometrist in Moody, where he has practiced for 12 years now.  He would like to thank his lovely wife Suzanna for her support, his daughter Julianne for the constant laughter, and his children Sara and Taylor for introducing him to acting in the first place!  They are his inspiration!  Most of all Greg would like to give thanks to God for continually putting him in new places and situations to meet new friends and experience new challenges. 

 

 

 

 


 

Grace Bradley - Becky Johnson

 

Becky is thrilled to be sharing the stage with 3 of her 4 children. This is the first time she's ever had the joy of performing with her kids. You may have seen her this year as Jimmy Deeanne in Second Samuel, Vernadette in Dixie Swim Club, or Eliante in the Misanthrope. She can next be seen as Doralee in VST's production of 9 to 5, opening in January. She wishes to thank her husband and kids for their support, the cast and crew for pulling together in adversity to produce a quality show, and God for his many blessings. She dedicates her performance to the memory of Brad Waters, a great director and an even better friend..

 

 

 


Mrs. Slocum - Salena Whalen-Stalker  

Salena made her acting debut in 2010, appearing as Dinah Grayson in The Dixie Swim Club.  Since then, she has appeared in Second Samuel (2011), The Dixie Swim Club (2011), as Lexie Richards, Showtime at First Baptist of Ivy Gap (2012) and Radio TBS (2012).  This is her first performance with the Park Players and she is grateful to have studied recently under the direction of Brad Waters.  Salena works in the Compliance Department at Children’s of Alabama.

 

 

 

 


Mrs. Clark - Katrina Hyche

Although Katrina is a 15 year veteran in theatre, performing in numerous church plays and skits, this is her first appearance in a Park Players performance. She is thankful to them for this opportunity to work with such a talented cast. She also is involved as a puppeteer and backstage director for puppet shows at her church. More recently, she has enjoyed roles in Nick Nicholson's music video "Grandpa's Still" and a part in a Doritos commercial. In her spare time, she enjoys working out at the gym and shooting her bow. She would like to thank her Mom for always supporting her and especially her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for every performance. "All talent comes from God and all glory goes to God."
 

 

 


 

Mrs. McCarthy - Nancy Moore

 

Nancy is excited to be doing her second show for Park Players. She works days as the Historic Clothing Manager for the American Village and is also an historical interpreter portraying Dolly Madison and Marcy Otis Warren (one of America’s first playwright.) A graduate of Samford University in Theatre, she thanks Park Players for this chance to ply her craft.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Ms. Armstrong - Yvonne Gauntt

 

Yvonne Gauntt has been following in her mother's footsteps, doing community theater off and on for most of her adult life, starting with most of the works of Gilbert and Sullivan, proceeding to her mother's love: musical comedy, and finally settling on Shakespeare and other classic theater. Her most recent shows have been The Misanthrope, Cyrano de Bergerac, Midsummer Night's Dream, Much Ado About Nothing, and Taming of the Shrew, all with Park Players. She is especially excited to be doing this show with her daughters, Maggie and Patricia.

 

 

 

 


Leroy Herdman - Sam Purkey

Sam Purkey is 12 years old and a student at Leeds Middle School. He has been in Dear Edwina as Scott and Seussical as The Mayor of Whoville at The Leeds Arts Council. He is currently in The Raven as The Raven and Action News as Carl Muffintop in his school drama club. He would like to thank Brad for an amazing opportunity. He would also like to thank Clay, Lysa, and Becky for believing "The show must go on!" Finally, he would like to thank his family and friends for all their support.

 

 

 

 


Imogene Herdman - Neha Ramesh

Neha is thrilled to be in her first production on American Soil. She has been seen as the Cowardly Lion in the Wizard of Oz and as the narrator in One Thousand and One Arabian Nights. Neha moved to the Birmingham 10 months ago from Manchester England and loves to dance and play the flute and piano when not on stage. She sends her love and thanks to the rest of the cast and crew for this wonderful opportunity.

 

 

 

 

 


Gladys Herdman - Alysa Newman

Softball is a family tradition, every spring and summer Alysa, her sister Breanna & dad Jeff set the diamond on fire, while mom Brandi cheers them on. Alysa also participates in Basket ball, Baton, Gymnastics, and riding her 4 wheeler, watching TV, and Karate. This will be Alysa's debut performance with Park Players and of Theatre in general. She is very excited to create the character of Gladys Herman. This is where Karate comes in handy.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Ralph Herdman - Alden Williams

Alden Williams is a high school junior at Arlington School, a small, private, and very much incredibly awesome place.
In his spare time, Alden likes to read, see movies, and watch things online. He is also into other generic hobbies (eating, sleeping, etc.) He is currently studying as an actor for the Park Players theater group. They also are quite incredibly awesome. Alden has also been in two other plays a long time ago, in a school far, far away (not really -- Avondale Elementary School). In fourth grade, he played the narrarator for the “The Three Billy Goats Calypso.” He also played Mr. Frank in “The Diary of Anne Frank” in fifth grade. Upon hearing he was called in as an emergency replacement actor in “The Misanthrope,” Alden promptly, though temporarily, lost control of mental faculties and babbled like a lunatic. He was, despite this reaction, extremely pleased and was glad to accept. He then played the part to many performances. He eagerly looks ahead to other performances in other plays. He is happy to be in another Park Player production, “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.”

 


Ollie Herdman - Christian Johnson

Christian is so happy to make his theatrical debut playing the part of Ollie Herdman for the Park Players. From the moment he first read the book he knew that if he were ever in the play he'd want to be a Herdman. He would like to thank his family and the cast and crew for supporting him in this show. Merry Christmas and God bless you!
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Claude Herdman - Jacob McMahon

This is Jacob's first production. He is very happy to work with the Park Players for his first performance. He attends Our Lady of Sorrows School and likes to play Basketball.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Elmer Hopkins - Tuck Thornsberry

Tuck Thornsberry is a homeschooled 3rd grader who enjoys Boy Scouts, baseball, basketball, and bothering his big sister. He also likes to sing and play computer games. This is his first play.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Beverly - Olivia Soileau

Olivia is truly exited to be in her first Park Players production.  She is exited to play the role of" Beverly".  She would like to thank Clay for giving her the opportunity to be in this play.  Olivia has been in 3 summer acting camps and 1 real play already.  This play is one of the best she has ever been in. She was in choir in 4th grade and loves to sing.


 

 

 

 

 


David - Maggie Gauntt

This is Maggie's second Park Players production, having played Pickpocket, Poet, and Soldier in Cyrano de Bergerac last May. She has also performed in multiple Children's Dance Foundation shows and is experienced in cartooning, singing and various acting skills

 

 

 

 

 


Rev Hopkins/firefighter - Thomas McCarron

This is Thomas' fourth production with Birmingham Park Players and he is excited to be in it. He was previously worked in Clay Boyce's production of William the Bard and is currently working in Brad Waters', Aesop's Fables.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Angel Choir - Ursa Praytor

Ursa Praytor is a second grade student at Creative Montessori School where she has been studying drama for the past two years.  In addition to school performances, she also played a sprite in the Birmingham Bards production of The Tempest. She is very excited to appear in her first Park Players production. 

 

 

 

 

 


Angel Choir - Harper Soileau

Harper is in the 7th grade at Leeds Middle School. This is her first performance with Park Players. She has enjoyed being a part of productions at ACTA in Trussville and the Leeds Arts Council. Favorite plays include Oliver! and Seussical, Jr. Harper wants to thank Clay and Becky for giving her the chance to be a part of The Best Chris Pageant Ever.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Angel Choir - Nyla Boler

 

Nyla is elated about joining the cast of "The Best Christmas Ever." She is a fourth grade student at Robinson Elementary School - Eastlake. She has performed in numerous church, community, and school theatrical productions.  She is a member of the Robinson Elementary School Chorus and the Birmingham City Schools All City Choir.  In addition to theater, she enjoys reading, playing basketball, and shopping.  She studies drama and theatre under the tutelage of Brad Waters and Haley Evans.

 

 

 

 


Angel Choir - Emma Thornsberry

Emma is very excited to be in her first production with the Park Players. Emma is a homeschooled 6th grader who likes to read, sing, make jewelry, play basketball, draw and build with Legos. 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Angel Choir - Patricia Gauntt

Patricia is in the second grade at Shades Cahaba Elementary School. Her favorite color is pink. Her favorite animal is puppies. She is so excited because she finally gets to be in her first show with Park Players.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Angel Choir/ Soloist - McClain Miles

McClain moved from North Carolina this summer with her family, and is a sophomore at the Alabama School of Fine Arts, concentrating in drama.  She's excited to be making her Birmingham theater debut with Park Players!  Her most recent role was "Belle" in Carson High School's Beauty and the Beast. Other roles include "Becky Thatcher" in Tom Sawyer the Musical, "The Cat" in Honk!, "The Narrator" in Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat, and "Adrianna" in Comedy of Errors.  She's looking forward to beginning rehearsals for 9 to 5 at The Virginia Samford Theater.

 

 

 

 


Angel Choir - Zylayah Johnson

Zylayah is appearing onstage for the first time in this production and she couldn't be happier. She loves being a part of the Park Players and hopes to do even more theatre in the future. She hopes everyone enjoys the show! Merry Christmas! Unto us a child is born!

 

 

 

 

 


Hobie - Malik Johnson

Malik is proud to be a part of this production with the Park Players. It is his first time ever onstage and he loves that his mom and 2 of his siblings are onstage with him. He has had a lot of fun working on the show and hopes you have a lot of fun watching it. God bless you and merry Christmas!

 

 

 

 

 

 


Co-Director - Brad Waters 

Brad is very excited to be directing his third show for Park Players. He’s also glad to be working with Producing Artistic Director, Clay Boyce, as the Managing Artistic Director. There are lots of exciting things happening at Park Players and he encourages people to participate. “It’s all about community, “he says. “We hope our growth – our own space, offering classes, etc – is always about being able to provide more to our communities of artisans and patrons. My thanks to my Mom, Gail and everyone else that is helping us to succeed.

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Brad Waters passed away after casting this show. Clay Boyce would like to thank him for giving him such a wonderful cast to work with and everyone involved with Park Players will miss him, his smile and his laugh.


 

Co-Director - Clay Boyce

Clay is the Artistic Director and founder of Park Players. He is thrilled to be working with this talented cast and crew that Brad brought together.  He was awarded the "Outstanding Achievement in Directing" for his work on the play William the Bard at the Alabama Community Theatre Festival this year.  He was last seen on stage as Boolie in the Virginia Samford Theatre's production of Driving Miss Daisy.  Some of his favorite roles have been George in Of Mice and Men, the Beast in Disney's Beauty and the Beast, the title role in Hamlet and Victoria's dad. He would like to thank his wife, Vicki, his daughter, Victoria and all his close friends (you know who you are!) for all the love and support they have given him through the years!  I couldn't have done this without you!  And thank you to this group of young adults and parents for all their hard work and time on this production.

 


Stage Manager - Lysa Carter

Best Christmas Pageant Ever will be the first (hopefully, of many) Park Players show that Lysa will stage manage. Her theatrical/stage hand/props/wigs & make-up, directorial involvement include productions of Steel Magnolias, House of blue leaves, Peter Pan, zop, Oliver, Les Miserables, Barber of Seville, Aida, Etta James, Johnny Lang, Willie Nelson, and the list goes on...    Lysa would like to thank Her very large  family, Jesse Bates (director of the next park players production) & Thomas Cavano, who taught me about theatre & what it takes to make a living in the business of show. also a profound" Thank You" goes to all of those neglected during the creation of this play, you know who you are. And finally Brad Waters for including me in his dreams & projects which led me here, with this incredible group of thespians.

 

 

 

 


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