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Beloved story: ‘Best Christmas Pageant Ever’ is about acceptance

By Hollyann Gardner
Times-News correspondent

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From left to right: Savannah Blackburn, Sarah Amash and Rachel Green star as angels in the Alamance Children's Theatre's production of "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever." [Nick Chester / Special to the Times-News

   A well-loved Burlington theater tradition is     back — Alamance Children’s Theatre is   presenting “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.
Showtimes are 7 p.m. Thursday; 7 p.m.   Friday  and Saturday; and 2 p.m. Saturday and   Sunday at the Paramount Theater, 128 E.   Front   St., Burlington.
This year is special because the show is being   directed by two high school seniors, Kara   Gilmore and Emily Sledge. Both have acted   previously in various local productions.
“I’ve worked with many directors in my   community and I feel like I’ve learned a lot   from  all of them,” Sledge said. “Each of them   has a different take on directing, and I have   been able to develop my own style as well.”
“The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” is the   story of what happens when mother Grace   Bradley (Madison Kimrey) is stuck leading a   church Christmas pageant involving the read more…


Things To Do (week of Nov. 27, 2017)

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Ice skating rink: Now through Dec. 17, front lawn at Alamance Arts, 213 S. Main St., Graham. Free, but you must request tickets for specific time sessions. For more details, call 336-792-1189 or visit the Graham Recreation and Parks’ Facebook page.
Mebane Christmas Parade: 7 p.m. Friday in downtown Mebane. Rain date is Dec. 8.
Graham Christmas Parade: 10 a.m. Saturday in downtown Graham. 336-229-4225 or visitgrahamnc.com.


Elon University grad returns to area with ‘School of Rock’

By Rachel Teseneer
Times-News correspondent

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Gilberto Moretti-Hamilton (Freddy), left, and Elon University graduate Patrick Clanton, right, plays Gabe Brown, Mr. Hamilton and Jeff Sanderson in the national touring production of "School of Rock." The show will be performed at the Durham Performing Arts Center Nov. 28 through Dec. 3. [Matthew Murphy

   DURHAM — “School of Rock,” an uplifting   show that’s fun for the whole family, is coming   to the Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC)   Nov. 28 through Dec. 3. Based on the 2003   movie, the show has songs from the film with   the addition of an original score written by   legendary composer Andrew Lloyd Webber.   ”School of Rock” was nominated for four Tony   Awards in 2016.
“School of Rock” follows the character Dewey  Finn, a down-on-his-luck wannabe rock star  who decides to make ends meet by posing as a  substitute teacher. Dewey then begins to  influence the children he teaches, shaping the  class into a rock band.
In a recent interview, Patrick Clanton, a native of the Garner/Raleigh area and member of the cast of “School of Rock,” shared his excitement read more…


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