The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

by Barbara Robinson

In this hilarious Christmas classic, a couple struggling to put on a church Christmas pageant is faced with casting the Herdman kids–probably the most inventively awful kids in history. You won’t believe the mayhem – and the fun – when the Herdmans collide with the Christmas story head on!

This delightful comedy is adapted from the best-selling Young Adult book, and has become a holiday staple for groups across the United States! Features plenty of great roles for children and adults, a few favorite Christmas Carols, and a lot of laughs!


The Cast

FATHER (Male) Age 35-38: Bob Bradley: solid family man – Ralph Donatelli
MOTHER (Female) Age 33-37: Grace Bradley: trim, attractive – Liz Webb
BETH BRADLEY (Female) Age 10-12: The narrator, strong voice and presence – Maggie Scheer
CHARLIE BRADLEY (Male) Age 8-9: Traditional kid brother – Ethan Martin
RALPH HERDMAN (Male) Age 12-13: Ragged, scroungy, slouching, adolescent cool – Vinnie Larkins
IMOGENE HERDMAN (Female) Age 11-12: Loud, bossy, crafty –  Reese Pope
LEROY HERDMAN (Male) Age 10-11 – Tough, sure of himself – Matthew Henry
CLAUDE HERDMAN (Male) Age 9-10: Tough, combative – Emma Barros
OLLIE HERDMAN (Male) Age 8-9: Looking for trouble, Claude’s usual partner in crime – Brooke Bivins
GLADYS HERDMAN (Female) Age 7-8: Small, wiry, feisty – Jane Kelley
ALICE WENDLEKEN (Female) Age 10-11: Prim, proper, pain in the neck – Emily Andreev
MRS. ARMSTRONG (Female) Age 45-55: Largish, managerial voice and manner- Tarrah Forbes Karol
MRS. SLOCUM (Female) Age 35-60: Pleasant, motherly woman – Jenny Robinson
MRS. CLARK (Female) Age 35-60 – Nicola Lefler
MRS. CLAUSING (Female) Age 35-60 – Olivia Ashley
MRS. MCCARTHY (Female) Age 43-48: A younger version of Mrs. Armstrong – Maura Wiggs
MAXINE (Female) Age 10-11 – Rebecca Larkins
ELMER HOPKINS (Male) Age 12-13 – Owen Hopkins
HOBIE (Male) Age 9-10 – Ryder Schorzman 
DAVID (Male) Age 8-9 – AJ Hock
BEVERLY (Female) Age 7-8 – Tessa Dunne
FIREMAN  Age 25-30 – Charles Robson
SHIRLEY (Female) Age 5-6 – Scarlett Unger
JUANITA (Female) Age 5-6 – Calliope Gray-Harwell
DORIS (Female) Age 9-10 – Lila Wallace
REVEREND HOPKINS Age 48-50 – Jeffrey D. Campbell
EXTRAS: angel choir members, baby angels, shepherds.
Lead Angel: Keira Dunne
Lead Shepherd: Hadley Hock
Shepherds: Joshua Larkins, Savvy Johnson, Hunter Hock

Production Staff/Crew

Director: Shelley Sink
Assistant Director: Abbie Martschenko
Stage Manager: Ariel Gray
Assistant Stage Manager: Chris Berg
Music Director: Charise Johnson
Set Design: Abbie Martschenko, Ian Robson, Shelley Sink
Master Carpenter: Ian Robson
Costume Designer: David Serxner
Hair & Makeup Designer: NR
Sound Designer: Ed Killian
Sound Board Operator: Ed Killian
Lighting Designer: Michael Lefler
Light Board Operator: Bill Johnson
Props Manager: Cynthia Mandese
Props Assistant: NR
Dance Choreographer: NR
Fight Choreographer: Steve Whetzel
Deck Crew Chief: Kristie Kennedy
Producer/s: Debra Grannan, Dan Martschenko
Production Team: Joey DeSena, Carole Kelly,  Jenny Robson, Jeri Summer
Playbill Designer: Carole Kelly
Volunteer Coordinator: Jeri Summer
Graphic Designer: Catherine Campbell
Photographer: Ian Robson
Finance Manager: Chris McKittrick
Fly Operator: NR