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The Old Gem Professional Company and Young Performers Ensemble will present "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever," directed by Kathy Welch, Saturday, Dec. 8, at 10:30 a.m.; Sunday, Dec. 9, at 2 p.m.; Saturday, Dec 15, at 10:30 a.m.; Sunday, Dec. 16, at 2 p.m. and weekdays from Dec. 6 to 21. Performances will be at the Old Gem Theater, New Richmond.

"Best Christmas Pageant Ever" is about a harried mother of two who is asked to direct her first Christmas Pageant. All goes well until the town bad kids, the Herdmans, decide they want to star in the show. Mayhem ensues as the Herdmans create a series of disasters that somehow remind everyone of the true spirit of Christmas.

"Best Christmas Pageant Ever" is part of the Old Gem¹s Youth Season performed for school groups that travel to the theater for weekday matinees. Youth Season shows give student actors an opportunity to perform side by side with adult professional actors.

Members of the Professional Acting Company appearing in the show are Virginia Haggart of Lorretto as Grace Bradley, Tom Monn of Woodbury, Minn. as the Reverend Hopkins, and Kathy Welch of New Richmond as Mrs. Armstrong.

Members of the Young Performers¹ Ensemble include: Amy Lippman and Bryanna Sengbush of Hudson; Olivia Kammerer, Sydney Massey, Kailyn Wienke, Cali Watters and Ariana Devereux of New Richmond; and Hannah Oman, Stephanie Lustig and Sally Bodlovick of Somerset.

Tickets are $11 for adults and $9 for students and seniors. Group rates for the weekday matinees are available.

Call 715-246-3285 or 800-886-8035 for ticket reservations or more information. For upcoming attractions and information about classes visit

The Old Gem is located at 116 S. Knowles Ave., New Richmond.