Best Christmas Pageant Ever Opens Dec. 6th!

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

A Holiday Play  *Limited seating

December 6th @2PM, 4PM, and 7PM

December 7th @2PM, 4PM

at Maple Shade Municipal Building

Suggested donation of $10 per ticket

Reserve tickets by emailing

Shrek Jr. this Summer for Kid’s Camp!

We are excited to announce that we will be performing Shrek Jr. for our 2015 Summer Theatre Children’s Camp!



The Maple Shade Arts Council Summer Theatre 2015 dates are now available!

Camp will run from Thursday, July 9th until Saturday, August 8th, 2015. Camp will run from 9AM until 1PM at Maple Shade High School. Show dates are as follows…

Thursday, August 6th @ 7:30PM
Friday, August 7th @ 7:30PM
Saturday, August 8th for 2 performances

Downtown Festival Dec.5th!

December 5th from 6:30-8:45PM

Join us at the main stage at the post office for some great entertainment!

Entertainment includes Steinhaur Jazz Band, “Head of the Class” Steinhaur teacher band, OLPH Children’s Choir, Maple Shade High School Choir, and Southbound A Capella

Reveal the Show Dinner Tonight!

The Reveal the Show Dinner for next year’s children summer theatre camp is tonight! Food from Maritsa’s, giveaways, hanging with your friends, seeing last year’s show, and of course, the reveal for next summer’s show! $10 per person at the Municipal Building starting at 6PM!

November Heirloom Workshop Tomorrow and Thursday!

Our November Holiday Heirloom Workshop begins tomorrow, November 12,  with Thanksgiving table runners and Christmas advent block calendars! Click on the upcoming events tab to reserve your spot and for more information.

Light Up The Gazebo Choir

The Arts Council is looking for people who will be performing as a choir at the lighting of the Gazebo portion of Main Street on Nov. 28 at 6pm for “Light Up Gazebo Park”. We will be meeting around 5:30PM and be singing until about 7:30PM. Only two practices which will be Sunday Nov. 23 and Tuesday Nov. 25 from 7-9 at Municipal Building. Music will be taught by Cameron Stringham. Anyone, children and adults, from Maple Shade or elsewhere, is able to join us for this fun time.

Reveal the Show Dinner Nov. 14th!

On Friday, November 14th, the Maple Shade Arts Council will be hosting a “Reveal the Show” dinner at the Municipal Building at 6PM to reveal our show for the 2015 Summer Theatre Program. Tickets will be $10 and the dinner will be catered by Maritsa’s. There will also be an open mic for those campers who would like to sing for the guests or perform in some fashion. Parents are more than welcomed to come and have dinner with their kids and learn about the program or learn about some of the changes for the upcoming camp.

Please have your spot reserved by Monday, November 3rd, as there is limited seating in the dining room.

You may pay through paypal with credit card on our website,, or send payment by check in the mail to 37 High Street, Maple Shade, NJ 08052.

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Cast for Best Christmas Pageant Ever

Congratulations to the cast of The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. We are excited to announce that every child and adult who auditioned will be in the show, giving us a cast of 36 people! Here are the parts and actors for our play…

Grace Bradley (Mother) – Annie Devaro

Bob Bradley (Father) – Michael Melvin

Beth Bradley – Kayla Schaal

Charlie Bradley – Luke Szyszkiewicz

Ralph Herdman – James Gallagher

Imogene Herdman – Mia Gambino

Claude Herdman – Nick Olzewski

Ollie Herdman – Catherine Nusslein

Gladys Herdman – Morgan Wambach

Leroy Herdman – Santino Moffa

Alice Wendleken – Bianca Moffa

Mrs. Armstrong – Debra Heckmann

Mrs. Slocum – Agnes Lobley

Mrs. Clausing – Cheryl Olzewski

Mrs. Clark – Valerie Moffa

Mrs. McCarthy – Michelle Gambino

Reverend Hopkins – Wayne Renbjor

Maxine – Katie Liberton

Elmer Hopkins – Amy Lobley

Hobie – Makenna Bensted

David – Ryan Heckmann

Beverly – Cassie Glisson

Angel Shirley – Jenna Heckmann

Angel Juanita – Kaylee Garwood

Angel Doris – Dominique Boulding

Angel Choir: Kassandra Carey, Sarah Glisson, Megan Glisson

Shepherds: Tommy Liberton, Cole Malinowski, Ryan Malinowski

Baby Angels: Caila Comenzo, Ellie Comenzo, Layla McFadden, Emerson Renbjor, Makenna Renbjor

Auditions today, 10/12, for Christmas Pageant!

Auditions for “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” will take place at the Maple Shade Municipal Building today, October 12 from 1-3PM and 6-8PM. All roles are available, except for the mother, Grace Bradley. We are looking for children ages 6-16 and adults! Feel free to come to auditions during any of the audition times stated above.

There will be 5 performances – December 6th @ 11AM, 1PM, and 3PM and December 7th @ 2PM and 4PM.

“In this hilarious Christmas classic, a couple struggling to put on a church Christmas pageant is faced with casting the Herdman kids–probably the most inventively awful kids in history. You won’t believe the mayhem – and the fun – when the Herdmans collide with the Christmas story head on!

This delightful comedy is adapted from the best-selling Young Adult book, and has become a holiday staple for theatre across the United States! Features plenty of great roles for children and adults, a few favorite Christmas Carols, and a lot of laughs!”

Directed by: Jillian Starr-Renbjor

FATHER (Bob Bradley) – solid family man
MOTHER (Grace Bradley) – trim, attractive
BETH BRADLEY – the narrator, strong voice and presence
CHARLIE BRADLEY – traditional kid brother
RALPH HERDMAN – ragged, scroungy, slouching manner, touch of adolescent cool
IMOGENE HERDMAN – loud, bossy, crafty
LEROY HERDMAN – tough, sure of himself
CLAUDE HERDMAN – tough, combative
OLLIE HERDMAN – looking for trouble, Claude’s usual partner in crime
GLADYS HERDMAN – small, wiry, feisty
ALICE WENDLEKEN – prim, proper, pain in the neck
MRS. ARMSTRONG – largish woman, managerial in voice and manner
MRS. SLOCUM – pleasant, motherly woman
MRS. MCCARTHY – a younger, less imperious version of Mrs. Armstrong
REVEREND HOPKINS – reverend of church
Extra angel choir members, shepherds

Holiday Heirloom Workshop Starts Tonight, Oct. 8!

Our Holiday Heirloom Workshop begins tonight with Halloween wreaths! Click on the upcoming events tab to reserve your spot and for more information. Check out some of the sample wreaths that you can make this tonight or tomorrow! If you can not pay online, simply bring your payment tonight of $25 tonight.