|Bringing Order to Chaos: Rehearsal for The Best Christmas Pageant Ever|
Sometimes actors complain of being type cast, but in the case of Drex Morton, he considers it a compliment. In the Farmington Players production of The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, Drex plays Reverend Hopkins, and as he says, “I am a pastor, so playing the part of a ‘baffled’ one is certainly fun.” Drex has been a pastor for 30 years, so the role must come naturally to him. He and his wife Mary reside in Canton and he currently serves a church in Bridgewater, Michigan.
Even though Christmas Pageant is a holiday play, its message is nondenominational. Director Terie Spencer says, “I hope audiences will see the connection we all have as people regardless of religious belief. It's been a wonderful experience finding common ground as we prepare to present this charming story.” Drex says, “I wanted to receive direction from Terie once again, because she is an excellent director and mentor for actors of all ages.”
Christmas Pageant truly has something for everyone, and while the play doesn’t attempt to convert anyone, it may transform you! Drex knows that “audiences will love the mix of comedy and nostalgia, the talented children, and the introduction of a universal truth, as Terie stated it, that all the characters grow through the challenges presented. Also, the kindnesses expressed toward those who are considered outcasts in the play within the play will bring out the very best in them, inspire generosity, and transform all who are involved, including the audience.”
Like Reverend Holmes, Pastor Morton has a passion for helping folks. In Drex’s case, he especially seeks to help those who are bereaved, and officiates about three funerals weekly. In his few spare moments, he enjoys distance running, community theater, and choral singing.
The Farmington Players production of The Best Christmas Pageant Ever is proudly sponsored by The Life Chest. The 12 performances run from December 2 - 18, 2016. Tickets are available online at farmingtonplayers.org or by contacting the Barn box office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 248-553-2955.