The Best Christmas Pageant Ever (2011)

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SHAZAM! It just isn’t Christmas without the Herdmans! West Jordan Theater Arts will once again be presenting “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever,” based on the book by Barbara Robinson.

“The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” is the touching story of the unruly, uproarious Herdman family as they wreak havoc during the rehearsals for a local church’s Christmas pageant. Despite their grimy faces and tattered clothes, the Herdmans – “the worst kids in the whole history of the world” – and an entire church congregation discover the true meaning of Christmas. The play opens as plans for the church’s pageant run amuck when the director, Mrs. Armstrong (Kate Bedore) breaks her leg. Grace Bradley (MeriLynne Michaelis), who didn’t expect to have anything to do with the Christmas pageant, steps in as director. The Herdmans show up at the audition and demand all the leading roles. Chaos erupts but Mrs. Bradley perseveres, and the church youth produce what everyone considers “the best Christmas pageant ever.”  This production is directed by Pat Oliver.

The show will run on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Mondays, December 1 – 17, 2011, 7:30 pm at the Midvale Performing Arts Center, 695 West 7720 South.  There will also be a 1:00 pm matinee on Saturday, December 17.  Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for children, students and seniors and are available at the West Jordan Macey’s Food Store and at the door.