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“The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” Runs Dec. 7-8


Join St. Mary’s Academy’s theatre department for one of our favorite holiday programs: “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.” As a special treat, you can take a picture with Santa before each show. We will also offer refreshments and an audience participation opportunity for all of the “little angels” who want to be a part of the show.


  • Friday, Dec. 7: Santa at 6 p.m. and show at 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, Dec. 8: Santa at 10 a.m. and show at 11 a.m.

Play overview

Beth Bradley’s church’s Christmas pageant is predictable every year: The angel choir members wear too much lipstick, the shepherds are all in their fathers’ bathrobes and the minister’s son is permanently cast in the role of Joseph. It’s hardly “four-star” entertainment.

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 couldn’t be worse, as the rambunctious Herdman children, a rough and tough group of siblings, descend upon the pageant. They’re lured by the promise of free dessert at Sunday school and are determined to win all the lead roles for themselves.

Beth and her community watch in surprise as the same old Christmas story is rejuvenated by the creativity, energy, and unexpected sincerity of a misunderstood young family. Buy tickets online for $5 (all general admission seating).

Up next: Auditions for the St. Mary’s production of “Les Misérables” takes place Jan. 2-4, 2019.