THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER

Based on the book written by Barbara Robinson

Produced by April Bridgeman

Directed by Liz Smith

SHOW DATES:  November 30, December 1, 2, 7, 8 & 9

 

THE CAST

Mrs. Bradley/MoM   Leigh Ann Macklin
Mr. Bradley/Dad   Michael Todd
Beth Bradley   Brett Richard
Charlie Bradley   Conner Gavan
Ralph Herman   Nicholas Whitmore
Imogene Herdman   Ellen Cranley
Leroy Herdman   Chris Sanderson
Claude Herdman   Joao Versos
Ollie Herdman   Trevor Burch
Gladys Herdman   Sydney Maloney
Alice Wendleken   McKensey Struzik
Mrs. Armstrong   Susan Engel
Mrs. Slocum   Nguyet Melendez
Mrs. Clarkensing   Anne MacNeil
Mrs. McCarthy   Ruth McDowell
Maxine   Abby Tebbenhoff
Elmer Hopkins   Clay Smith
Hobie   Thomas Shively
David   Shaun Silk
Beverly   Gina Edivan
Doris   Allison Engel
Reverend Hopkins   Pete Edivan

Kids Choir

  Molly Bouffard (Leader)
    Katie Macklin
    Shannon Silk
    Sierra Wharton
    Rachel Vera
    Alli Marie Roaquin
    Kerry Johnson
    Courtney Garofolo
    Katie Ferrante
    Hannah Ferrante
    Kellie McDowell

 Baby Angel Choir

   
Shirley (Baby Angel)   Callan McCormick
Juanita (Baby Angel)   Leecy Silk
Baby Angel #1   Sorayah Melendez
Baby Angel #2   Melody Flores
Baby Angel #3   Lindsey Silk
Baby Angel #4   Dominik Jordan
     
Firemen   Stage Crew
   
Staff 
Producer   April Bridgeman
Director   Liz Smith
Assistant Director   Scott Strasbaugh
Technical Director   Bill Fry
Choral Director   Cristin Williamson
Production Stage Mgr   Helen Gernhart
House Manager   Lora Buckman
Box Office Manager   Mark Humphrey
Lighting   Terry DiMurro
Sound   Doug Pascale
Publicity Manager   Laura Garafolo
Props Mistress   Barb Gillen
Costumes Manager   Barbara Fink
Photographer   David Harback

In this hilarious Christmas tale, 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!

Plot

Grace Bradley and the Bradley Family (daughter Beth, son Charlie, and husband/father Bob Bradley) had to take over their church's annual Christmas pageant after the original play director (Mrs. Armstrong) broke her leg. To make matters worse, Charlie Bradley told Leroy Herdman, one of six horrible Herdman kids who curse, smoke, swear, and steal (Imogene, Ralph, Leroy, Ollie, Claude, and Gladys), that people who go to Sunday School get free refreshments, to make him feel dumb about stealing his dessert. This makes the Herdmans infiltrate the only safe haven in all of town.

The next Sunday during Sunday school, Imogene had heard about the pageant and asked know-it-all Alice Wendleken (best friend of Beth Bradley) what a pageant was. Imogene was interested in this "Christmas Pageant" and decided to sign all the Herdmans up for all the main, important parts. This could only mean one thing; TROUBLE!

In the end, the Herdmans become a better family and they find out the true meaning of love.

Characters

Grace Bradley: Mother of Beth and Charlie, and new director of the Christmas pageant. She's determined to make the pageant the best one ever, even with the Herdmans.

Mr. Bradley: Grace Bradley's husband, is your average American father, but doesn't want to go to the pageant almost as much as the kids.

Helen Armstrong: In charge of the Potluck supper, Bazaar, and Christmas Pageant, until she broke her leg, and then everything went to the dogs, er, Herdmans.

Charlie Bradley: The cute younger brother that could never do anything wrong, until that fateful day Leroy stole his lunch... (serves as most of the comic relief in the play version)

Beth Bradley: (Narrator in the play version) the oldest Bradley child, who is somewhat like the voice of reason, at least a little bit.

Alice Wendelken: The goody-two-shoes girl that the adults love. Alice is just considered to be annoying to her peers, including her best friend Beth. She's always Mary in the pageant, but Imogene Herdman made her change her mind...

Maxine: The narrator in the pageant, not the brightest bulb in the bunch.

Beverly: The girl who, according to Gladys Herdman, "got sick"

Elmer Hopkins: Son of the reverend, perfect kid, an example to his fellow students, and is hating every second of it. He's always Joseph, but he's too afraid of Ralph Herdman to argue.

Janet: A bit of a troublemaker, but nowhere near as bad as the Herdmans.

Hobie Clark: The kid with all the excuses. He's the personification of the attitude of the kids; he was already bored with the pageant, but now he has to share it with the worst kids in the world.

Reverend Hopkins: Elmer's father, basically doesn't want anything to go wrong, and can see nothing but that happening if the Herdman's are involved.

The Herdmans

Ralph: The biggest, and probably the dumbest. He's Joseph, but he doesn't really know or care what that means.

Imogene: The leader of the Herdmans. She tells them what to do, and they listen because, well, she's Imogene. She's Mary, and that's the way she likes it. She blackmails fat, skinny, smart, dumb, tall and short kids to obtain wanted items. She smokes cigars durring practice of the best christmas pageant ever.

Leroy: The guy who always steals Charlie's lunch. He heard about the refreshments at Sunday school and passed the information on to his siblings. Although he's sort of like a thug, he gives the gift of a Ham to Jesus.

Ollie: A Imogene-Wannabe, Ollie is sort of in-charge of Leroy and Claude.

Claude: Just goes with the flow, well, the Herdman flow anyway.

Gladys: She's the smallest, but she's fast, and she's mean, and she bites. Gladys is now the Angel of the Lord, who she thinks is her favorite comic book character, the Mighty Marvo.