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).

CAST

Character: Actor

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