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.

Roles
11 F, 8 M (19-50 possible)
Acts
1
Duration
55 mins

Music

Creators

Jahnna Beecham

Jahnna Beecham

Playwright/Lyricist Jahnna Beecham (Playwright/Lyricist) met Malcolm Hillgartner (Composer/Lyricist) while acting at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. They were married onstage at the Empty Space Theatre in Seattle and have built a life together in the...

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Malcolm Hillgartner

Malcolm Hillgartner

Composer/Lyricist Malcolm Hillgartner (Composer/Lyricist) met Jahnna Beecham (playwright/lyricist) while acting at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. They were married onstage at the Empty Space Theatre in Seattle and have built a life together in the...

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Instrumentation

Musician

Digital Performance Tracks or Piano only.

Casting

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.

THE BRADLEYS
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.

CHURCH PEOPLE
HELEN ARMSTRONG - 40-50ish
Organized steamroller. She's always in charge.
REVEREND HOPKINS - 40-50ish
Occasionally befuddled, always well-meaning.

CHURCH LADIES
LUANNE - 35-40ish
Sassy, tells it like it is.
BETTY - 30-40ish
Sweet southerner, calls everyone "honey."
CONNIE - 30-40ish
Direct, no-nonsense type.

KIDS
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.

Cast Vocal Ranges

Promotional Resources

Best Christmas Pageant Ever, The JV Logo Pack

Official Logo Pack

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Best Christmas Pageant Ever, The JV Official Show Artwork

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$175 / $125 for educators

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$250 / $150 for educators

Production Resources

TurnKey Transpositions – JV

Broadway stars change the keys of songs all the time...so why not you? Optimize your actors' performances by ordering our TurnKey Transposition. Get the perfect key for the perfect actor! All digital delivery, usually within 24 hours. (Please note: JV performance tracks cannot be transposed)

$50 per song for PV or PC
$150 per song for all orchestral parts (including PC/PV)