2018-2019 Season

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever: The Musical

By Jahnna Beecham & Malcolm Hillgartner
Adapted from the play by Barbara Robinson 

Dates / Show Times:

Nov. 30—Dec. 16, 2018
Fridays 7pm, Saturdays 7pm, Sundays 2pm
Additional 2pm matinees on Dec. 8 & 15


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 fighting 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 is calling for first-time director Grace to fire the Herdmans. But 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.


The Herdman Kids

  • Ralph Kai Nunziato-Cruz
  • Imogene Mia Hurley
  • Lori Bridget McCabe
  • Claudia Taylor Nunziato-Cruz
  • Ollie Karson Jarvis
  • Gladys Kate Williams

The Bradleys

  • Grace Falin Ossipinsky
  • Bob Jack Taylor
  • Charlie Gabriel Hager
  • Beth Emmy Lange

Church People

  • Helen Armstrong Katie Kloberdanz
  • Reverend Hopkins Christian Bader

Church Ladies

  • Luanne Hope Estle
  • Betty Hannah Kieffer
  • Connie Madison McFall


  • Alice Corinne Seaver
  • Elmer Hopkins Calvin Corey
  • Teddy Shoemaker Casey Nunziato-Cruz
  • Ivy Reed Lilly Belle Lange


Samantha Zell
Austin McFall
Brylynn Hughes
Taryn Getting

Production Team:

  • Director / Choreographer Molly Lajoie
  • Musical Director Alicia Ferrin
  • Stage Manager Maria Cruz
  • Technical Director Josh Hontz
  • Scenic & Media Design Bobby Sample
  • Costume Design Caprice Amerine
  • Lighting & Sound Design Beth Amerine & Elizabeth Martin
  • Properties Design Kenny Grossman & Vicki Grossman

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Awards & Recognitions for The Best Christmas Pageant Ever: The Musical

2018-2019 National Youth Arts Awards

  • Outstanding Supporting Performance in a Musical: (Nominated) Corinne Seaver
  • Outstanding Supporting Performance (Junior Division): (Nominated) Kate Williams