Meet the Cast and Director of Providence Players’ ‘Best Christmas Pageant Ever’ Part 3: Evie Izdepski by Julie Janson

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The Providence Players of Fairfax will soon premiere the second production of their 19th season, Best Christmas Pageant Ever, written by Barbara Robinson and directed by award-winning director Liz Mykietyn. Co-produced by The Young Hearts, Best Christmas Pageant Ever is a holiday favorite that is great fun for the entire family in support of a great cause. In Part 3 of interviews with the cast of Best Christmas Pageant Ever, meet Evie Izdepski.

Julie: Please tell our readers where they may have seen you appear on our local stages and roles you have played.

Evie Izdepski. Photo by William Izdepski.

Evie Izdepski. Photo by William Izdepski.

Evie: Readers may have seen me in shows with the Saint Andrew’s Players, Vienna Youth Players, or with Encore Stage. Shows I have been in include Annie Jr. (Annie), Mary Poppins (Ensemble), Fiddler on the Roof (Shprintze), and The Sound of Music (Gretl)

What is the play about from the point of view of your character? Have you enjoyed playing her?

Beth Bradley is an average girl who has a regular American family. I think that from the point of view of my character, the play is about how the Christmas pageant changes the Herdmans. I have really enjoyed playing Beth because I get to talk directly to the audience and I think that is really cool. Beth is important to the show because she tells it from her memory and narrates most of the show.

If you were granted one wish on Christmas what would it be?

If I were granted one wish on Christmas I would wish to be able to fly.

If you were granted one Christmas gift, what would you want?

If I were granted one Christmas gift it would be money I could send to Haiti with my church’s mission trip.

The holidays can be busy and there can be a lot of holiday shows to choose from. Why should people see this holiday production?

People should see Best Christmas Pageant Ever because it feels like a modern show that is funny, but still shows what Christmas is about, and it has a great cast who have been working really hard.

Far Right: Evelyn Izdepski (Beth) listens on as the Bradley family discuss the annual Christmas Pageant in The Best Christmas Pageant Ever (L to R) Michelle Shader, Daniel Calderon and Samuel Pounds. Photo by Chip Gertzog, Providence Players

Far Right: Evelyn Izdepski (Beth) listens on as the Bradley family discuss the annual Christmas Pageant in Best Christmas Pageant Ever (L to R) Michelle Shader, Daniel Calderon and Samuel Pounds. Photo by Chip Gertzog, Providence Players

The proceeds of this show will support the Young Hearts Foundation. Can you tell us anything about Young Hearts? What does partnering with them mean to you?

The Young Hearts is a charity that is devoted to helping children and teenagers who have long term
diseases. They help raise awareness for these diseases and helping the families affected. Partnering with them is important to me because I think that it is a really good charity that is supporting an important cause.

How have you enjoyed working with the cast and crew of Providence Players?

I have loved working with the cast and crew because everyone is really talented and they are always nice.

What do you hope people will take away from seeing Best Christmas Pageant Ever?

I hope that people will understand more about what the Christmas story means and that, like the Herdman kids, anyone can change.

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Plot Summary: 

The Herdmans are the worst kids in the history of the world; they lie, steal and cheat. Now they have taken over the churches’ annual Christmas pageant! The entire town has gathered in anticipation, waiting to see the Herdmans ruin Christmas – or will they? This funny, heartwarming, holiday tale has become a classic: and good for the entire family! This special production of a holiday treat will benefit the work of The Young Hearts, a group of amazing teens who raise funds to battle blood cancers and other diseases. Directed by WATCH-award winning director Liz Mykietyn, get in the holiday spirit when the Providence Players brings The Best Christmas Pageant Ever to the James Lee Community Center Theater stage December 9th through 18th 2016.

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This special production of a holiday treat will benefit the work of Young Hearts Foundation,group of amazing teens who raise funds to battle blood cancers and other diseases. Directed by WATCH Award-winning director Liz Mykietyn, get in the holiday spirit when the Providence Players brings The Best Christmas Pageant Ever to the James Lee Community Center Theater stage December 9-18, 2016.

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Best Christmas Pageant Ever plays from December 9 – December 18, 2016, at the James Lee Community Center Theater – 2855 Annandale Road, in Falls Church VA. For tickets, e-mail: providenceplayerstickets@cox.net, call (703) 425-6782, and leave a message, or purchase them online (there is no fee).

Here Are Performance Dates And Times:

Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 PM on December 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 2016, and Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2:00 PM on December 10, 11, 17, and 18, 2016. Tickets are $17, and all performances are general admission seating.

All attendees are invited to a special reception with Santa after the show where refreshments will be available for a donation.

LINKS:
Meet the Cast of Providence Players’ ‘Best Christmas Pageant Ever’ Part 1: Michelle Shader, by Julie Janson.

Meet the Cast of Providence Players’ ‘Best Christmas Pageant Ever’ Part 2: Sally Ann Flores, by Julie Janson.

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