The Homer Opera House will be performing Barbara Robinson's "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever" on December 10, 11, 15, 16, 17 & 18 at the Homer United Methodist Church. Because many of the youths involved are performing at a Christmas concert at the local school, they WILL NOT BE performing on Friday, December 9, but instead will have an additional performance on Thursday, December 15 at 730 p.m. All Friday and Saturday night shows are at 730, while the two Sunday performances are at 230 in the afternoon.
In addition, The Homer Opera House has already begun some improvements to its major theatre upstairs, but will be busy with that through the winter. They still are letting the local community help them to sustain and use this gem of a building, the pride of Homer, Illinois, by offering sponsorships of ceiling tiles that need to be replaced at $25 each (at HomerOperaHouse,com).
But in the interim the Homer United Methodist Church has graciously offered their sanctuary as a performance space for this delightful children's play about a group of rowdy kids who take over a Christmas Pageant. Bailey Burnett of Urbana, Illinois, will be the main character of Mrs. Bradley who gets drafted to direct this play, for the first weekend, and Valerie Lasam will be the main part the second weekend. Riley Miller of Homer will be Beth the narrator of the play, while Brandon Moore will play her father and Owen Ashbrook of Homer will be her brother, Charlie. The Herdman family will be played by Quinn Powers, Joel Bear, Aden Ashrook, Savannah Gilliland,Amaya Duzan, Adena Paul and Aubrey Hallett all of Homer, and Joey Royer of St. Joseph, and Liana Reichlin of Urbana. Other players include Rowan Denmark-Collins of Homer as Elmer the minister's son, and Sarah Dow of St. Joseph and Skyla Ahlden of Oakwood as the snotty Alice in the play.
It is a fun-filled and ultimately heart-warming play that will delight all ages. Tickets, as usual at the Opera House, now performing at the Methodist Church, are $8.00/ $7.00 for students and senior citizens/ and $5.00 for those under 12. Go to HomerOperaHouse.com. or call 493-6175.