The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
Written by: Barbara Robinson
Performed with licensing from Concord Theatrical
Performance Dates: Dec. 7-10
Runtime: 1.5 hours
Location: Jubilee Theater Center, 109 Commercial Street, Marshfield, MO 65706
A heartwarming Christmas classic brought to life!
As The Best Christmas Pageant Ever begins, the narrator introduces the Herdmans as the worst kids the world has ever seen. These six kids — Imogene, Claude, Ralph, Leroy, Ollie, and Gladys — smoke, curse, bully other kids, steal, and once set fire to an abandoned toolhouse. Their father abandoned them when they were young, and their mother works two jobs and has no time to look after her rowdy kids. The Herdman siblings take care of themselves. The narrator’s little brother Charlie is a frequent target of Leroy Herdman, who likes to steal his dessert at school. Charlie mentions that it does not matter because he gets all the snacks he wants at Sunday school. The Herdmans decide to show up next Sunday to see what they can get.
When it comes time for the pageant, it begins as usual, but the Herdmans soon start adding their own unique flavor to the show. However, the Herdman children have been changed by their studies and are more subdued and respectful than usual. Amid all the usual candlelight and singing, the three Herdman children playing the Wise Men bring a ham that was given to them from the food basket by the church. Imogene is overwhelmed by the kindness and begins to cry at the beauty and wonder of the scene, which she is now a part of. Everyone leaves the church buzzing about the play, talking about how the play was different this year though they do not know exactly why. The narrator, however, says that she understands why. The Herdmans did not portray the Holy Family and the story of Jesus’s birth as if it were something dry from a book. Rather, they understood the needs of the family and related to it in a genuine, powerful way that let them truly put their hearts into their roles.
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Father (Bob Bradley) – Eric Atwell
Mother (Grace Bradley) – Jenn Smith
Beth Bradley – Adalynn Rowe
Charlie Bradley – Ryker Trevino
Ralph Herdman – Oliver Floyd
Imogene Herdman – Zoee Fiscus
Leroy Herdman – Addison Shaw
Claude Herdman – Finley Haymes
Ollie Herdman – Sawyer Taylor
Gladys Herdman – Cricket Cantrell
Alice Wendleken – Sloan Gregory
Mrs. Armstrong – Toni Lorenz
Mrs. Slocum/Mrs. Clausing – Angie Hoffman
Mrs. McCarthy/Mrs. Clark – Emily Shaw
Maxine – Hannah Atwell
Elmer Hopkins – Jacob Vestal
Hobie – Waylon Kirk
David – Lydia Rowe
Beverly – Liliana Minor
Fireman – Randy Hoffman & Elijah Biggers
Shirley – Ella Korte
Juanita- Elsie Shaw
Doris – Bella Shaw
Reverend Hopkins – Nightly Guest Cast
Angel Choir Members: Adalynn Rowe, Sloan Gregory, Lydia Rowe, Liliana Minor, Ella Korte, Elsie Shaw, Bella Shaw, Annaliese Wade
Shepherds: Ryker Trevino, Waylon Kirk, Jacob Vestal