Best Christmas Pageant Ever, The JV
Also available: The Best Christmas Pageant Ever: The Musical
The Herdmans are the worst kids in the history of the world–so when they crash Sunday school and demand parts in the Christmas pageant, the whole town panics. There’s not supposed to be biting or cigar-smoking in Bethlehem, and while these kids have never even heard the Christmas story, they definitely have rewrites! Soon everyone from the terrified pint-sized shepherds to the furious church ladies are calling for reluctant director Grace Bradley to fire the Herdmans. It’s up to Grace and the Reverend to help their community see the Christmas story and the Herdman kids through new eyes in this buoyant musical adaptation of the funny and touching holiday classic. Silent night? Not a chance. But sometimes a little joyful noise is just right for Christmas.
11 F, 8 M (19-50 possible)
"Did BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER really need to be a musical? Yes.
THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER: THE MUSICAL may be the first play written for kids that would inspire me to buy the original cast album, if there were one . . . The show would be vastly less interesting if music and lyrics by Jahnna Beecham and Malcolm Hillgartner were yanked and the source material went naked. That’s remarkable, as the show adapts strong source material indeed."
"A lively show... full of upbeat tunes, this winning addition to the holiday canon manages to also touch the heart... the tunes make a swell addition."
Digital Performance Tracks OR Piano only.
THE HERDMAN KIDS
RALPH - 13
The oldest and coolest. He's the enforcer.
IMOGENE - 12
(pronounced im-uh-jeen. Im sounds like him) Leader of the Herdmans. She's loud, bossy, and crafty.
LEROY - 11
Ralph's backup. Very confident in the muscle department.
CLAUDE - 10
Scrappy and smart.
OLLIE - 9
A bit of a naïve urchin who follows the older boys' leads.
GLADYS - 8
Little, but fierce. Nothing scares Gladys.
GRACE - 35-40ish
Sweet, good-humored, slightly frazzled Mom.
BOB - 35-40ish
Easygoing Dad, wry sense of humor.
CHARLIE - 10
Typical kid brother, says what he thinks.
BETH - 11
Charlie's older and wiser sister. She's honest and kind.
HELEN ARMSTRONG - 40-50ish
Organized steamroller. She's always in charge.
REVEREND HOPKINS - 40-50ish
Occasionally befuddled, always well-meaning.
LUANNE - 35-40ish
Sassy, tells it like it is.
BETTY - 30-40ish
Sweet southerner, calls everyone "honey."
CONNIE - 30-40ish
Direct, no-nonsense type.
ALICE WENDLEKEN - 11
Know-it-all. She thinks she's perfect.
ELMER HOPKINS - 10
Preacher's kid, which means he needs to behave and be nice.
TEDDY SHOEMAKER - 9
Wimpy kid with glasses, asks too many questions.
IVY REED: - 11
Beth's earnest friend who is sometimes a goody-goody.
Included in your license are the following cast and crew scripts. These materials will be shipped 60 days prior to the first performance.
30 Actor’s Playbooks
1 Director’s Playbook
1 Piano/Vocal Playbook
This piano score includes all vocal parts. It can be used during the rehearsal process if performing a show with accompaniment tracks, or can be used during performance for piano-only shows.
Official Logo Pack
Included with license
Includes color and black and white high-resolution logo files in JPG, PNG, and EPS formats.
Official Show Artwork
$175 / $125 for educators
Creating artwork for your performance has never been easier – customize online in minutes, download a print-ready PDF, order printed posters, access layered files.
Social Media Marketing Kit
$250 / $150 for educators
Includes everything you need to plan and implement the promotion of your show – 50+ graphics for social media, original show specific content, social media guide, promotion calendar and press release template.
Cast & Crew T-Shirts
As low as $10 each
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Additional books (Cast Script / Vocal, Piano / Conductor, etc.) are available.