WHAT: Blue Springs City Theatre presents “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever,” a comedy by Barbara Robinson (1982) based on her popular novel of the same name published in 1971 which also spawned a TV movie in 1983, directed by Andrew Ainsworth and produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and Dec. 8-9; 2 p.m. Sunday and Dec. 10.
WHERE: Blue Springs Civic Center, Blue Springs High School, 2000 NW Ashton Drive, Blue Springs.
HOW MUCH: Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for children 12 and younger and seniors 60 and older. They can be purchased at www.bluespringscitytheatre.com, through Blue Springs Parks & Recreation at 816-228-0137 or at the door.
WHAT THE SHOW IS ABOUT: The Christmas pageant at Beth Bradley's family's church is predictable every year – the angel choir wears too much lipstick, the shepherds are wearing their fathers' bathrobes, the minister's son is permanently cast in the role of Joseph. But when seasoned and authoritative pageant director Mrs. Armstrong breaks her leg, it is up to Beth's inexperienced mother Grace to step in. The timing could be worse, as the rambunctious Herdman children, a rough-and-tumble group of siblings from the wrong side of the tracks, descend upon the pageant. They're lured by the promise of free snacks at Sunday school and are determined to win all the lead roles for themselves.
The Ladies' Aid Society members are beside themselves with disapproval, all the shepherds quit because Gladys Herdman “hits too hard,” the show is briefly re-titled “Revenge at Bethlehem” and the church catches on fire. But Beth and her community watch in surprise as the same old Christmas story is rejuvenated by creativity, energy and unexpected sincerity of a young, misunderstood family (from stageagent.com).
Bob Bradley: Robert Stone
Grace Bradley: Emily Stone
Beth Bradley: Sydney Wad
Charlie Bradley: Tyler Wiss
Ralph Herdman: Grant McDaniel
Imogene Herdman: Alexis Pierce
Leroy Herdman: Ethan Miller
Claude Herdman: Nathan Beerbohm
Ollie Herdman: Finnegan Jones
Gladys Herdman: Marin Heide
Alice Wendleken: Nora McDaniel
Mrs. Armstrong: Rachel Boehm
Mrs. Slocum: Hannah Walker
Mrs. Clark: Michelle Brown
Mrs. Clausing: Jennifer Parker
Mrs. McCarthy: Maddie Ainsworth
Maxine: Ruby DiMaso
Elmer Hopkins: Michael Parker
Hobie: Caleb Collins
David: Bradford Stone
Beverly: Phoebe Dixon
Firemen: Andrew Erickson, Rylee Winters
Shirley: Maya Campbell
Juanita: Emma Campbell
Doris: Piper Erickson
Reverand Hopkins: Patrick Walker
Angel choir: Nayeli Adams, Charlotte Ainsworth, Clare Brown, Layla Chambers, Evie Dilks, Lila Gustin, Hailey Harwood, Keegan Harwood, Brooklynn Kannas, Janae Kannas, Norah Kannas, Georgia Stone, Makenna Twiehaus, Sophia Zarrillo
Shepherds: Rhys Gardner, Seth Johnson, Kevin Kannas, Tyler Parker, Grayson Stone, William Stone