The Best Christmas Pageant Ever: The Musical

Also available: Best Christmas Pageant Ever, The JV

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 is calling for reluctant director Grace Bradley to cancel the whole thing. It’s up to Bradley 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.

10F, 9M
70 Min



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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5 Musicians

Piano/Conductor (Keyboard)
Reed (Clarinet, Alto Sax, Tenor Sax)
Guitar (Acoustic, Electric)
Bass (Electric)


Male - 13
The oldest and coolest. He’s the enforcer.

Female - 12
Leader of the Herdmans. She’s loud, bossy, and crafty.

Male - 11
Ralph’s backup. Very confident in the muscle department.

Male - 10
Scrappy and smart.

Male - 9
A bit of a naïve urchin who follows the older boys’ leads.

Female - 8
Little but fierce. Nothing scares Gladys.

Female - 35-40ish
Sweet, good-humored, slightly frazzled mom.

Male - 35-40ish
Easygoing dad, wry sense of humor.

Male - 10
Typical kid brother, says what he thinks.

Female - 11
Charlie’s older and wiser sister. She’s honest and kind.

Helen Armstrong
Female - 40-50ish
Organized steamroller. She’s always in charge.

Reverend Hopkins
Male - 40-50ish
Occasionally befuddled, always well-meaning.

Female - 35-40ish
Sassy, tells it like it is.

Female - 30–40ish
Sweet southerner, calls everyone “honey.”

Female - 30-40ish
Direct, no-nonsense type.

Alice Wendleken
Female - 11
Know-it-all. She thinks she’s perfect.

Elmer Hopkins
Male - 10
Preacher’s kid, which means he needs to behave and be nice.

Teddy Shoemaker
Male - 9
Wimpy kid with glasses, asks too many questions.

Ivy Reed
Female - 11
Beth’s earnest friend who is sometimes a goody-goody.

Cast Vocal Ranges

Promotional Resources

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever: The Musical Logo Pack

Official Logo Pack

Included with license

Includes color and black and white high-resolution logo files in JPG, PNG, and EPS formats.

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The Best Christmas Pageant Ever: The Musical Official Show Artwork

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.

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The Best Christmas Pageant Ever: The Musical Promotion Kit & Social Media Guide

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.

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The Best Christmas Pageant Ever: The Musical Cast & Crew T-Shirts

Cast & Crew T-Shirts

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Production Resources

Advance Pack

Includes 1 Piano/Conductor Book, 1 Director’s Script and 1 Cast Script/ Vocal Book shipped as soon as payment is received.


Extra Rehearsal Weeks

If you need your full set of production materials prior to the regularly scheduled shipment (see above), you can request additional weeks.

$100 / week

Archival Video License

If you want to record your production for archival purposes and to provide at cost copies to your cast and crew, you may do so by purchasing a video license.

Varies by Show

Full Conductor Score

An ideal solution for those who choose to conduct their show from the podium, as opposed to the piano. Each detailed instrument staff is always right in front of you--giving you the most comprehensive layout for full control of your orchestra.

$125/Print, $100/Digital, $175/both

TurnKey Transpositions

Broadway stars change the keys of songs all the 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.

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

Digital Orchestration Parts

Prefer playing or rehearsing from your tablet? All of our orchestration books (including PC and PV) are available in digital copies.

PC or PV $50
Orchestration Parts $25/per book

Stage Tracks / Show Ready

These high quality performance and rehearsal tracks will greatly enhance your production.

Additional Books

Additional books (Cast Script / Vocal, Piano / Conductor, etc.) are available.

$25 each


Book and Lyrics by
Jahnna Beecham

Music and Lyrics by
Malcom Hillgartner

Based on the Play by Barbara Robinson

Orchestrations and vocal arrangements by Deborah Wicks LaPuma