2nd generation taking part in Nacogdoches production of 'The Best Christmas Pageant Ever'

2nd generation taking part in Nacogdoches production of 'The Best Christmas Pageant Ever'
The cast takes their final bows. Some cast members performed in the play as children. (Source: KTRE Staff)
The cast takes their final bows. Some cast members performed in the play as children. (Source: KTRE Staff)
Lorelia Gotcher was in the play as a high school student. This year her three daughters perform. (Source: KTRE Staff)
Lorelia Gotcher was in the play as a high school student. This year her three daughters perform. (Source: KTRE Staff)
Lexie Weems has the lead role. Her mom Becky had a smaller part during her high school years.
Lexie Weems has the lead role. Her mom Becky had a smaller part during her high school years.

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - In Nacogdoches, the family favorite, "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever," is now being performed by a second generation of young actors.

The revival happened after the first generation grew up.

Nacogdoches High School performed "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever" annually from 1985 to2004.

Fast forward another 19 years. Past performers are now parents. Standing in the wings was Lamp-Lite Theatre ready to fulfill their frequent request.

"A lot of the parents who had been in the show at Nacogdoches were hoping it would come back," said Pat Harris, the show's director. "So many generations wanted their children to be part of it."

"My mom did it," said Soleil Gotcher, a 13-year-old Central Heights student. "I can't remember exactly what role she did, but I heard she had a blast doing it."

"It makes me very, very excited and happy that I'm following my mom's path to be a real actor," said Sasha Gotcher, a 9year-old student at the SFA Charter School.

"My mom introduced this to me and my sisters, and I just got excited because I just want to see how this would go," said Sydney Gotcher, a 10-year-old SFA Charter School student.

It's going just fine. Audiences are thrilled. Mom even has the desire to get back on stage, but she has a bigger role to play.

"I want to join them and they've actually asked me to be on stage with them, but I stay so busy with their activities that I have to stay available," said Lorelia Gotcher, the girls' mother.

Thirteen year old Lexie Weems has the lead role. Her mom, Becky, had a smaller role longer ago than she cares to remember.

"I don't think I'm old enough to have a 13 year old daughter, but since I do, it's kinda exciting to get to see her enjoy theatre like I did," Becky said.

"Next time you guys can be up there too, huh?" Harris said.

Harris is already recruiting for next year's performance.

"And if I would actually have children I'm telling you they are going into that play," said Ty Wheeler, a student at Fredonia Hill Baptist Academy.

The show and tradition must go on.

One part is played by a real baby. The father of this year's infant had the same role years ago.

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever was performed today for school children.

Public performances will be Friday and Saturday nights and a Sunday matinee at the Lamp-Lite Theatre.

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