Meet the cast of
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever!
Red Cast noted in red lettering, Green Cast noted in green.
Kayli Barker (Kids Ensemble) is a homeschool student from Mason. After years of performing in Inspiring Arts’ Summer Spotlight camps, Kayli’s is making her main stage theatrical debut with The Greatest Christmas Pageant Ever! Kayli wants to thank her directors and the cast for this wonderful opportunity.
Liam Barker (Ollie Herdman) is a homeschool student from Mason who loves making people laugh. Liam has always loved musical theater and got his start in 2019 when he joined the cast of Newsies! His most recent role was Randolph in Inspiring Art’s Bye Bye Birdie. Liam has enjoyed working with the cast and wants to thank his family who have encouraged him all the way through.
Tessa Barnes (Charlie Bradley) is 12 years old, in 6th grade and loves theater. This is her 4th show with Inspiring Arts. She was lately Becky in Dear Edwina Jr. and Sally in Inspiring Arts' Legacy. She would like Mrs. Kenniv and Faith Marsh for directing the show and her sister Lacie for all of her help. Shazam and Merry Christmas!
Lacie Barnes (Alice Wendleken) is being forced to write this by Mrs. Marsh. She is a homeschool senior from the faraway land of Batavia. She was last seen as Juliet in Inspiring Arts' Romeo and Juliet Together (And Alive) at Last. This is her 10th Inspiring Arts show! A decade of fun with Mrs. Kenniv... what could be better!? Merry Christmas!! <3
Stephanie Beaulieu (Ivy Reed) is a homeschooled 10th grader living in the extremely exciting town of Morrow. She made her first appearance with Inspiring Arts in Legacy 2021, and Romeo and Juliet: Together and Alive at Last. She would like to thank Faith Marsh for all her incredible work, Mrs. Kenniv for giving the best advice, and Mrs. Marsh for writing the best emails ever.
Quincy Birdwell (Lena Herdman) is a sophomore from Cincinnati. She has recently been seen as Helen in Inspiring Arts' Bye Bye Birdie, and Mary in Inspiring Arts' R&J. She would like to thank Sommer Ray for driving her around throughout the whole show process and the whole cast for making her laugh and smile. TGBTG.
Zachary Boone (Kids Ensemble) is a 4th grade student at Charis Classical Academy. Zachary most recently could have been seen in Encore’s last performance of Aladdin Junior. Zachary loves baseball, basketball, Fortnite and being on stage!
Eleanor Boys (Kids Ensemble) is a sixth grader from Norwood. She previously appeared in Inspiring Arts’ Bye Bye Birdie as a member of the kids ensemble. Eleanor thanks Mrs. Kenniv and Faith for this super fun opportunity and thanks her family (and Isabelle’s family) for supporting her dreams by enduring so many extra hours in the car.
Audrey Burgdorf (Beth Bradley) is a homeschooled sophomore in high school. She was most recently seen as Kim in Inspiring Arts' Bye Bye Birdie and is thrilled to be in her 5th show with Inspiring Arts this December. Audrey would like to thank all the cast mates that laughed alongside her in every rehearsal and a thanks to everyone who worked so hard to put on this show! Enjoy!!
Lydia Burkhard (Charlie Bradley) is a 7th grader from West Chester. She was seen onstage with Inspiring Arts as Longfellow's youngest daughter in Legacy and in the ensemble of McBride’s Call and Bye Bye Birdie. She would like to thank her mom for being super awesome, and Mrs. Marsh for also being super awesome.
Audrey Bush (Kids Ensemble) is a 6th grade student from West Chester. This is her very first show and she definitely want to do more! Audrey would like to thank her parents for driving to all the rehearsals and being so supportive, and the cast and the directors for making this show so fun!
Lulu (Lucia) Clemente (Claudia Herdman) is an 8th grader at Liberty Bible Academy, and she lives in West Chester. Some of her recent credits include the Wizard in Once Upon a Mattress Jr. and Miss Hannigan in Annie Jr. She would like to thank her family and friends for all their love, support, and encouragement.
Ava Cooksey (Women's Committee member) lives in Kenwood. She was last seen in Inspiring Arts’ Bye Bye Birdie as Charity Garfine and Anabell/Juliet in Inspiring Arts’ Romeo and Juliet Together and Alive at Last. She would like to thank the Lord for all that He has done and given her in this time.
Tessa Cooper (Kids Ensemble) is a 5th grader at Mason Intermediate School. Beside summer camp with Acting Up, this is her first production. It's been a lot to learn, but she is thankful for everyone who has helped her along the way. Thank you to the directors and all my new friends in the cast.
Gwen Cullen (Kids Ensemble/Pageant Speaker) is a seventh grader from Morrow. She started performing at the age of two and her most recent roles include Iago (Aladdin Jr) and Anna (Frozen Kids). Gwen would like to thank the Inspiring Arts production team and cast and her family and friends for always supporting her! Merry Christmas!
Anna Gallier (Kids Ensemble) is a 13-year-old resident of West Chester. This is her first show with Inspiring Arts, and she is having so much fun. Anna would like to thank her parents for being supportive and driving her to all of the rehearsals.
Immanuelle Garnica (Kids Ensemble) of Montgomery is a 6th grade homeschool student attending Classical Conversations in Sharonville. This is her first show, and she is extremely grateful for the opportunity. She would like to say endless “thank yous” to her directors for their time and devotion, her fellow cast members for being so kind and loving, and her parents for faithfully getting her to and from rehearsals.
Jon Gross (Adult Ensemble) is a homeschool senior from West Chester. Jon was most recently seen onstage with Inspiring Arts in Bye Bye Birdie and Romeo and Juliet. He would like to thank Mrs Marsh for writing cast bios for the people that forgot to, and his mom for being awesome.
Camdon Hutchinson (Ralph Herdman) is a 8th grader at Mars Hill Academy. He was onstage most recently with Inspiring Arts in last summer's Bye Bye Birdie. Camdon would like to thank the entire production team and everyone who made this production what it is.
Isabelle Jackson (Kids Ensemble) from Cincinnati is in 8th Grade. Her previous stage experience was playing Alma Hix (one of the Pickalittle Ladies) in The Music Man. Thanks to my mom for driving to rehearsal and making time in the schedule for it!
Elena Jacob (Kids Ensemble, Pageant Speaker) is in 9th grade and is glad to be back onstage with Inspiring Arts. She last performed with Inspiring Arts in Legacy during Christmas 2021. Elena loves this community because it's so positive, and she is thankful to be a part of it!
Elisha Kenniv (Betty the Church Lady) is a homeschooled senior who has been performing in Inspiring Arts shows since she was a wee little tot. Quite literally. All the shows were all her favorite, but she was especially partial to Bye Bye Birdie, which Elisha has decided is probably the greatest musical ever written. She would like to thank Mrs. Marsh for being an absolute inspiration, for sharing her love of the greatest musical ever written, and also... for writing her bio.
Josh Kenniv (Bob Bradley) is a senior at Lebanon High School. In past shows, he has been seen on stage with Inspiring Arts as Pete in Romeo and Juliet, Together and Alive at Last, and Harvey Johnson in Bye Bye Birdie. He would like to thank Mrs. Marsh for not killing him, even though he turned in his bio 11 days late. (Editorial note: Mrs. Marsh did not even consider it because Josh is super great.)
April Lewis (Helen Armstrong) is a homeschooling mother of three from Sycamore Township. Previous roles include Mrs. Pearce in My Fair Lady and Grace Farrell in Annie. She thanks Ben, Evan, Delaney, and Darcy for encouraging her to return to the stage, and to the Inspiring Arts family for such a warm welcome.
Evan Lewis (Elmer Hopkins) is a homeschooled 6th grader from Sycamore Township. He has been in four Summer Spotlight camps with Inspiring Arts, and Best Christmas Pageant Ever is his main stage debut! Evan would like to thank his sisters for their enthusiasm in helping him rehearse his songs, and his mom for being in the show with him.
Sophie Lyon (Gladys Herdman)
lives in Mason and is in the 5th grade at Charis Classical Academy. This is her inaugural role in a show! She wants to thank her fellow cast members for their friendship and encouragement, her mom for listening to her sing the songs from this play all day long, and her dad for always getting her to rehearsal on time.
Josie Mabry (Beth Bradley) is a homeschooled freshman from Maineville. She has been onstage in a number of Inspiring Arts performances, including Bye Bye Birdie, Legacy, and McBride's Call. She is so excited to be a part of yet another show, and wants to thank Beth Kenniv for the opportunity.
Nathan Mabry (Reverend Shoemaker) is a father, worship leader, and IT professional who was most recently seen onstage with Inspiring Arts as a dad in Bye Bye Birdie. and Sir Robert Peel in McBride's Call. He's got a major crush on Connie the Church Lady.
Rachel Mabry (Connie the Church Lady) is a longtime homeschool mom of 4 who loves to sing. She has been seen in several Inspiring Arts' shows including last summer's Bye Bye Birdie, Legacy: An American Christmas and McBride's Call. Playing Connie the church lady has been an absolute blast. Thank you Beth for this amazing opportunity!
Arielle Hope Mantel (Grace Bradley) has recently discovered that she’s actually an enneagram 3, and she’s a Marvel Cinematic Universe enthusiast. She also runs the Inspiring Arts' social media pages. Her dream is to someday play the role of Judy in 9 to 5: the Musical. She is once again hoping for a Tony nomination for her role in this production.
Braden Moore (Adult Ensemble) Braden is 19, has just graduated high school, and is from the West Chester area. He has been performing in theater since 7th grade, in both classics such as My Fair Lady, to new hits like The Addams Family Musical. This is Braden's first time with Inspiring Arts and he is excited for the opportunity to continue theater outside of high school.
Jen Moore (Adult Ensemble) is a homeschooling mom, photographer/baby whisperer, and an Inspiring Arts board member. She was onstage with Inspiring Arts in Bye Bye Birdie, as well as being back stage or behind a camera for nearly every Inspiring Arts show! She would like to thank her awesome kids for making her get back on stage after a long, long hiatus; her husband, Scott, for supporting all of her creative, crazy ventures; her fellow church ladies for being the very best, and Abbie & William for casting her in her upcoming role as a grandma in May 2023!
Kate Moore (Kids Ensemble) is a 12-year-old homeschooler from Greenhills. She has been a proud member of the ensemble for Inspiring Arts' Legacy and Bye Bye Birdie. She would like to thank L.M. Montgomery for creating Anne Shirley, and Jonathan Crombie for being an amazing Gilbert Blythe. Have a very merry Christmas!
Will Moore (Adult Ensemble) is a homeschooled junior from Greenhills. This is his first show on the stage at Inspiring Arts, but he has done tech backstage or in the booth for nine Inspiring Arts shows. He would like to thank his family for being in previous shows and his friends for pressuring him to join this one.
Charlotte Mull (Alice Wendleken) lives in Landen and is a freshman homeschool student. She was recently seen in Inspiring Arts' Bye Bye Birdie this summer as a tap dancing teen. She loves the cast, crew and production team of Inspiring Arts and is so happy to be a part of this show.
Jojo (Josias) Ng (Kids Ensemble) is a fifth-grade homeschooled student from Mason. This is his first show ever! He would like to thank his sisters for forcing him to audition for the show. It's been very fun!
Sam Parker (Bob Bradley) works as a professional set builder for theaters around the world and at sea. He has been in nearly 30 musicals, some of his favorites being Beauty and the Beast, Seussical, and The Lion King. He would like to thank his mom for making him write his bio, and Mrs. Marsh for helping him finish it. Enjoy the show and have a merry Christmas!
Sienna Patterson (Kids Ensemble) is a homeschool student in the 8th grade Challenge B program at Sharonville Classical Conversations. This is Sienna’s debut show! She would like to thank all her family and friends for supporting her. My bros are awesome!
Sommer Ray (Imogene Herdman) is a senior in high school, but she's stoked to be playing a 12-year-old! She was last onstage in Inspiring Arts' Bye Bye Birdie. She would like to thank her parents for being so cool and the Inspiring Arts family for making her laugh (and forgiving her for laughing when she's not supposed to. ) TGBTG
Liliana Roe (Kids Ensemble)is an 8th grade homeschool student from Fairfield. This is her first play ever! She would like to thank everyone who is a part of Inspiring Arts for the AMAZING experience. THANK YOU! THANK YOU!! THANK YOU!!!
Caroline Rohlfs (Kids Ensemble) is a seventh grader at St. Susanna. She has also been seen onstage as Jojo in Seussical the Musical and Manal in Aladdin! She is so glad she got to be a part of The Best Christmas Pageant Ever and hopes you enjoy the show!
Evelyn (Evy) Ross (Kids Ensemble) lives in Landen and is in 5th grade. This is her theatrical debut!
She's had a great time, and thinks this is the best show ever. Evy would like to thank her mom!
Noah Schechter (Kids Ensemble) is from Liberty Township and is a sixth grade homeschool student. He has been seen on stage this past summer in Inspiring Art's production of Bye Bye Birdie. He would like to thank his parents for giving him Christmas presents.
Audrey Smith (Adult Ensemble, Nurse) is a senior at Lakota East High School and is thrilled to perform in her first production with Inspiring Arts. She has previously been seen onstage as Mrs. Mayor in Seussical. When she’s not singing, Audrey enjoys playing the harp in her community orchestra. She would like to thank her family and friends for always supporting her dreams!
Addison Stone (Ivy Reed) is a 9th grade home-school student from Liberty Township. Musical Theater is her passion, and some of her favorite roles include Bruce in Matilda, and a Newsie in Inspiring Arts' Legacy. Addison would like to thank her family for all of their support.
Rebekah Wells (Adult Ensemble) is a homeschool senior and just recently became an adult. She was last seen as the Nurse in Inspiring Arts’ Romeo and Juliet. She would like to thank Mrs. Kenniv for listening to all of her crazy ideas and allowing her Minnesota accent in the show!
Eliana Wiseman (Grace Bradley) Eliana Wiseman is a senior attending The Wiseman Institute for the Dazzlingly Clever. If you’re wondering why her face looks familiar, you might have seen her in Inspiring Arts’ Bye Bye Birdie or Romeo and Juliet. Thanks to Sophie Lyon for being such an angel!
Brennan Wooten (Teddy Shoemaker) is a homeschooled 4th grader who loves singing and art. This is his second show ever-- he was previously seen on stage in Inspiring Arts' Bye Bye Birdie this past summer. He would like to thank the entire cast and crew for making this an exciting Christmas to remember!
Jenny Wright teaches English as a Second Language to Japanese people from her home in Loveland. Her most recent roles were Ma Bailey in It’s a Wonderful Life with Merit Theater Company and Frau Schmidt in The Sound of Music with CCCT. She is excited to be making her Inspiring Arts debut and thanks Beth, Faith and Kerry for the opportunity!