The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

Sponsored by:

Joy to the World Cast

Thursday, November 30, 7pm, Saturday, December 2, 7pm

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Director Thanks 

It has been an amazing journey directing this show! The story of The Best Christmas Pageant Ever is one of hope and promise. My prayer is that the message of this show will inspire you to be a blessing to someone during this season! 

Special thanks to the following people...

Thank you to the cast and crew! You have done an amazing job putting this show together and I can't wait for the audiences to see your amazing work. Love you all! Thank you to Karen Pittman for your work as our costumer. Fabulous job as always! Thank you to Mark Graham for your work on our set! It looks fantastic!

Thank you to Monika Locke for your work as production stage manager! Awesome job! Thank you to Dee Alexander for your incredible work on the music for our show. I love you!

Thank you to Lainey Roberts for your lighting design!

Thank you to Johnathan Baines for your work on publicity for the show. Fantastic work! Thank you to John Lockwood, Emma Alexander, Chloë Alexander, Marty Cantrell and Greg Pittman for your help with our set as well! We appreciate you. 

Thank you to each of you that brought non-perishable items for our food Drive for CCA. What a blessing this will be to those in need! 

Merry Christmas! 

Tami L. Alexander Director 

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Cast Members


Johnathan Baines, Bob Bradley (Father)

Johnathan Baines returns to reprise the role of Bob Bradley which was his debut role with RCT nine years ago. A physician by day, he enjoys the performing arts in his often limited free time. He especially loves sharing the stage with his three children, Elena, Caed, and Jace. This is the first show to feature the four of them on stage together. 


Nicole Walker, Grace Bradley (Mother)

Nicole is married to Craig, and they have 3 children: Landon, Carson, and Anniston, who are also in the show. Nicole grew up loving live theater, but she hasn't acted on stage since high school. Returning to the stage for this show is extra special because she gets to share it with her children. Nicole hopes this show helps you think about the true meaning of Christmas. 


Alexis Phillips, Beth Bradley

Alexis is an Eighth grader at Ruston Junior High. This is her fourth production with RCT this year. Alexis would like to thank her family and friends for all of their support.  She's so grateful for the opportunity to play Beth Bradley, and hopes you enjoy the show. 


Carson Walker, Charlie Bradley

Carson is a sixth grader who loves playing sports and making people laugh. He's been in two previous RCT shows, and his favorite role was Humpty Dumpty in Alice in Wonderland. In this show, he gets to share the stage with his siblings, his mom, and two of his best friends. 


Landon Walker, Ralph Herdman

Landon is in 8th grade, and this is his seventh RCT production. You may have seen him as Olaf in Frozen, Jr. or Pinocchio in Shrek, Jr. While Landon's natural personality is more like Olaf's than Ralph Herman's, he's had a lot of fun as "the bad kid," and he hopes this show makes you laugh and helps you to remember what Christmas is really all about. 

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Ramona Bishop, Imogene Herdman


Levi Stephenson, Leroy Herdman

Levi began performing with RCT in 2019 and this will be his 12th time on stage. Most recently, he played a knight in Cinderella, TweedleDee in Alice in Wonderland, and Michael in Elf. Levi is a 7th grader at RJHS where he is a member of the soccer team. 


Owen Hanchey, Claude Herdman

Owen Hanchey is a 7th grader at RJHS. This is his 4th show with RCT including Matilda Jr., Michael in Mary Poppins, and Alice in Wonderland. Owen wants you to know that he belives 1) pineapple doesn’t belong on pizza, 2) chocolate milk is a lifestyle, not a preference, 3) ping pong is a sport. He appreciates your support of RCT and hopes you enjoy the show!


Davis McDaniel, Ollie Heardman

Davis is 8 years old, and a third grader at A.E. Phillips. When he grows up, Davis wants to be an architect. Davis is looking forward to taking the stage as Ollie in his first RCT performance. He enjoys music, reading, and playing soccer. 


Savannah Scallan, Gladys Herdman

Savannah is 12 years old and in the 8th grade.  She enjoys reading, cross country, soccer, drama club, and playing piano.This is her 4th show with RCT.  Previous roles include Little Red Riding Hood in Shrek Jr. The Musical and the Pink Flower in the Flower Girl Ensemble in Alice in Wonderland Jr. 


Jari Richardson, Alice Wendleken

Jari Richardson is an 8th grader at New Living Word School and she loves being on stage. Her first role was a Munchkin in The Wizard of Oz. This year she was the Queen of Hearts in Alice in Wonderland. Her most recent production was Shrek the Musical, Jr where she played the role of Storyteller.

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Renee Cook Cockerham, Mrs. Armstrong

Renee Cook-Cockerham local business owner and mother of 3 made her debut with RCT in last year's production of ELF. She is thankful for the opportunity to work with such a talented group of people and looks forward to seeing you at the show! 


Molly Foy, Mrs. Clausing

Molly is a 7th Grade Homeschooler and belongs to Ruston Christian Homeschoolers. When Molly isn't auditioning for roles for Ruston Community Theater you can find her reading books, drawing anime, church, choir, designing outfits and playing video games. Her past roles include Shrek Jr  (ensemble and Dragon Puppeteer). Anne of Green Gables as an Extra. 


Adrienne Scallan, Mrs. Slocum

Adrienne is a homeschooled sophomore.  She has been involved in several previous RCT productions including Anne of Green Gables, Cinderella, and Alice in Wonderland Jr.  When she's not at the theater, you can find her reading, baking, or cheering on her sisters at cross country.


Elena Baines, Mrs. Clark

Elena Baines is a sophomore at Ruston High and has been involved with RCT for 10 years.  One of her first roles was that of Shirley in The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. She also volunteers at the Owl Center stables and is a skilled pianist. Her other previous roles include The Duchess in Alice in Wonderland, and Gertrude McFuzz in Suessical the Musical, Jr.

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Kaejha Stewart, Maxine

Kaejha is excited to return to the RCT stage as Maxine this holiday season. She has been in over 10 shows with Ruston Community Theater. She enjoys spending time with her theatre family. Kaejha cannot wait to show the community this fun and sentimental show to bring in the holiday season. She hopes you have the best time watching The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. 


William Cox, Elmer Hopkins

William is a 15 year old homeschooler. He loves playing guitar, reading, and working out with his dad. He recently appeared as the Gryphon in RCT's production of Alice in Wonderland and Felix Latrousse in Good Cop, Bad Cop for RCT's Scene Fest. He is happy to appear on stage with his sister, Avery, and his friends.


Gabe Garcia, Elmer Hopkins

Gabe Garcia is a junior at Cedar Creek School. This is his 7th RCT production. His most recent roles are Shrek, Shrek Jr, RCT; Luke, Lightning Thief, Louisiana Tech; Topher, Cinderella, SYAA. He hopes you enjoy the show and have a Merry Christmas! 


Drew Cantrell, Hobie

Drew is thrilled to be in RCT's The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. This is his 3rd production with RCT and he has enjoyed taking on the role of Hobie. Outside of theater you can find Drew working with his cows or hunting. 


Evan Sloan, David

Evan Sloan is returning to the RCT stage after appearing as Little Ogre/Ensemble in Shrek the Musical Jr. Evan is a seventh-grader who loves art and theater.


Mia Le, Beverly

Mia is a 10 year old fifth grader at A.E.Phillips Laboratory School. This is her fourth Ruston Community Theatre season to participate in, having played roles such as Young Kargaroo in Suessical Jr., Little Kid 1 in Matilda Jr., Young Anna in Frozen Jr., and Young Fiona in Shrek Jr.! She is so excited to play Beverly in The Best Christmas Pageant Ever and see you there! 


Bess Black, Shirley

Bess is 13, and a 7th grader at Ruston Junior High School. She is thrilled to play Shirley in her seventh show! Bess enjoys playing tennis and riding bikes in her freetime! Bess hopes you enjoy the show!


Anniston Walker, Juanita

Anniston is a fifth grader who loves to sing, act, and dance...especially to Disney soundtracks. She's been in numerous RCT productions including Frozen, Jr., Matilda, and Shrek, Jr. Her favorite role so far was "Rose" in the flower girl ensemble in Alice in Wonderland, where she and her ensemble members won a RusTony for their performance. 


Audrey Purvis, Doris

Audrey is currently a third grader at A.E. Phillips Laboratory School. She is a member of the RCT drama club. She is very excited for her first play experience participating in The Best Little Christmas Pageant Ever. 

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Grayson Allen, Fireman

Grayson is thankful for the opportunity to share the stage with his daughter, Esther, and so many of his friends. Although this is technically his RCT debut, many were impressed by his rendition of Big Head recently in Sanders Family Christmas.

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Vivi Ann Frederick, Angel

Vivi Ann Frederick is eight years old and a third grade French Immersion student at Ruston Elementary. Vivi Ann is very passionate about cats, singing, acting, art, and gaming. She is a member of the Act Up Theater Drama Club and swims year round for Bulldog Aquatics Club. 

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Evelyn Carter, Baby Angel

Evelyn is a second grader at Choudrant Elementary school.  This is her first RCT production and she is super excited to be a part of the production!  She hopes you enjoy the show and have a Merry Christmas!  

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Allie Jo Martin, Baby Angel

Allie Jo is six years old and is a first grade student at  Choudrant Elementary.  She started attending several of RCT plays with her friends and family as just a youngster. On June 21, 2018, at only 10 months old, she watched her first of many RCT productions, which was The Little Mermaid. The Best Christmas Pageant Ever is her first production  to play a cast member. 

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Rylie Ann Martin, Baby Angel

Rylie Ann is a third grade student at Choudrant Elementary. She started piano lessons at just six years old and has been taking voice for a year and a half. She enjoys singing and playing piano at her church.  She has attended several of RCT productions over the years since 2018.  The Best Christmas Pageant Ever is her first production to play a cast member. 

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Penny Roberts, Baby Angel

Penny is a second grader at Hillcrest Elementary, and this is her first production with RCT. She has enjoyed being in this play with her big sister and her friends. Penny ran on her school cross country team this year and also enjoys art, piano, theater, and gymnastics. 

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Lindsay Holmes, Ensemble

Lindsay Holmes is a citizen of Ruston who works as an accountant by day, but do not let that make you doubt her creative side! She played numerous roles in high school theatre through the Bossier Talented Arts Program, such as Ella Enchanted, CLUE, and The Importance of Being Earnest. This is her first RCT production.

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Chelsea DeForest, Ensemble

Chelsea is ready to be back on stage!  She is a 7th grader at AE Phillips.  When not in a play she enjoys playing soccer, voice lessons and hip hop.  Other roles she has played are Little Kid in Matilda, Snow and Sun ensemble in Frozen, Jr, a heart child in Alice and a multitude of roles in Shrek, Jr.

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Emma Houston, Ensemble

Emma is a thirteen-year-old homeschool student. She has lived overseas for most of her life. She likes to do art, read, and play games with her family. This is her first play. She is super excited about her role and hopes that you enjoy the show. 

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Avery Madden, Ensemble

Avery is a 15 year old sophomore at Ruston High, where she helps out on the Bearcat Nation Network media team. This is her 4th show with RCT. You may have seen her in her most recent (and favorite!) show as Ruby Gillis in Anne of Green Gables. She's so glad you came and hopes you enjoy the show!

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Hailey Roberts, Ensemble

Hailey Roberts is 12 years old and is the daughter of Zac and Stephanie Roberts. She has participated in 2 productions: Alice in Wonderland and Matilda jr. Her favorite part of doing the shows is the friends she has met and grown closer to through them. She hopes you enjoy the show and wishes you a Merry Christmas! 

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Jessie Roberts, Ensemble

Jessie is 10 years old and is the daughter of Zac and Stephanie Roberts. She has participated in 2 shows: Alice in wonderland, and Matilda jr. Her favorite aspect of theatre is the community. She loves putting on the productions with her friends! She wishes you a very Merry Christmas! 

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Leah Sloan, Ensemble

Leah Sloan is appearing on the RCT stage for the first time. She is the mother of Evan Sloan, who plays David.

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James Smith, Ensemble

James Smith is a 9-year-old homeschool student with Classical Conversations. He is enjoying his role as a shepherd almost as much as playing a gardener in Alice in Wonderland. In his spare time he creates with legos, listens to audiobooks, and  likes anything related airsoft.  He hopes enjoy this play as much as he enjoyed listening the book.



Tami Alexander  , Director

Tami Lockwood Alexander is from Xenia, Ohio. Tami has an MA in Speech with a Theatre Concentration. Tami is married to Dee Alexander. Tami and Dee have three children- Johnathan, Emma, and Chloë. Over the last 30 years, Tami has enjoyed her work on stage and screen as an actor.

Tami has led acting workshops and directs plays and musicals for RCT. Tami recently directed The Lightning Thief at Louisiana Tech University. Tami is also the director of ACT UP Theatre Drama Club and Camp for young actors. Tami is passionate about her work with students of theatre and enjoys encouraging them to reach their maximum potential. 


Monika Locke, Stage Manager 

Monika Locke has been a local educator for 22 years. She has been a stage manager for Ruston Community Theatre for 7 years. Past credits include Anne of Green Gables, Cinderella, and Alice in Wonderland. 

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Lainey Roberts, Assistant stage manager

Lainey Roberts is a senior in high school. She has participated in 15 shows since the fall of 2021 and has loved every one! Her favorite ways to participate in the shows are to stage manage and do lightning design. She is so grateful for this community and loves getting to work with so many wonderful people! Lainey wishes you a very Merry Christmas! 

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc.

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