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Mrs Bradley (Peggy Allen) introduces the Christmas story to the enthralled Imogene (Sami Williams) and Gladys (Katie Waldfogle) in TDW’s production of ‘The Best Christmas Pageant Ever’, running through Dec 19. Pictured left to right: Sami Williams, Katie Waldfogle, Peggy Allen. Image: Elaine Volker


6 DEC 2015

(Cheviot, OH) The Drama Workshop’s production of the holiday classic, THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER runs through December 19 at The Glenmore Playhouse, 3716 Glenmore Ave in Cheviot. The show offers Friday and Saturday evening performances beginning at 7:30 pm, and Saturday and Sunday matinees starting at 2 pm.

When the bullying, cigar-smoking Herdman kids find out that church is followed by free cookies, punch, and other refreshments, they show up in force, just in time to learn about auditions for the upcoming Christmas Pageant. When the Herdmans take key parts in the Pageant and collide with the Christmas story head on; the result will either be the most disastrous Christmas Pageant ever . . . or the best! 
The show is written by Barbara Robinson, and is directed by an award-winning production team of director Ivory Mazur, producers Megan Schultheis and Gretchen Gantner, and stage manager Wendy Williams.

The cast includes Eric Thomas, Peggy Allen, Nora Daley, Griffin Harding, Ethan Williams, Sami Williams, Joe Hamzy, Sam Schaefer, Camden Doebeli, Katie Waldfogle, Eve Roth, Victoria Covarrubias, Michele Fortman, Amy Waldfogle, Richelle Roth, Claudia Covarrubias, Logan McGill, James Covarrubias, Gary Hohnecker, and Doug Bruening.

As the first show that TDW has done in many years featuring children, the group has focused on ensuring that the young actors have a positive experience as well as growing in their roles. Nora Daley plays Beth Bradley, the narrator of the show. “It’s just been really fun. All the kids are best friends now. But in the end I’d say the best thing in theater is knowing that you made someone smile. When someone sees a show it’s a chance for them to escape their problems and just laugh and enjoy themselves.”

The adults in the show echo Nora’s sentiments. Eric Thomas plays Bob Bradley, Beth’s father. “I’ve seen several TDW productions, but this is my first time working with them. I got to see what makes productions here so special: the people! The dedication to excellence among the behind-the-scenes crew here is extraordinary. The audience will love this play.”

Adult tickets for THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER are $16 each when ordered in advance, or $17 at the door. Tickets for children are $7 each. Shows at TDW frequently sell out, so advance reservations are strongly recommended. Tickets may be ordered by phoning the TDW 24/7 ticket line at 513.598.8303, or by ordering online through the TDW website at

The Drama Workshop was founded in 1954. TDW is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to advancing education and promotion of the theatrical arts. The Drama Workshop is widely recognized as one of greater Cincinnati’s most accomplished community theater organizations, garnering dozens of awards annually from the Association of Community Theatres of Greater Cincinnati. In 2015, they were the most-recognized group in the greater Cincinnati area for theatrical excellence.

TDW productions are frequently been selected to represent the Southwest Ohio region at the Ohio Community Theatre Association annual conference. TDW was also honored to represent the state of Ohio at the 2013 American Association of Community Theatre regional conference in Hartford, Wisconsin. The Drama Workshop has been recognized the Cincinnati Preservation Association for their efforts to rehabilitate the former Glenmore Bowl into The Glenmore Playhouse.

Prospective members, and individuals or businesses interested in becoming involved or in helping advance TDW’s mission are encouraged to contact the group through our website at, or by phone at 513.598.8303.

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