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Best Christmas Pageant Ever, The - Full Length Play, Comedy

Best Christmas Pageant Ever, The

Barbara Robinson

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Full Length Play, Comedy

4m, 6f, 8boy(s), 9girl(s)

ISBN: 9780573617454

"An American classic." - McCall's Magazine

"One of the best Christmas stories ever - and certainly one of the funniest." - The Seattle Times

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Description

Full Length Play

Comedy

Adaptations (Literature), Theatre for Young Audiences, Christmas/Holiday

60 minutes (1 hour)

Time Period - Present Day

Settings Of Play - A living room / dining room and a church.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

No intermission, Physical Comedy, Play w/ Music

Interior Set, Bare Stage/Simple Set

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

CAUTIONS

No Special Cautions

TARGET AUDIENCE

Appropriate for all audiences

PERFORMANCE GROUP

Elementary School / Primary, Jr High/Primary, High School/Secondary, Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Professional Theatre, Shoestring Budget, Large Stage, Church / Religious Groups

In this hilarious Christmas classic, a couple struggling to put on a church Christmas pageant is faced with casting the Herdman kids--probably the most inventively awful kids in history. You won't believe the mayhem - and the fun - when the Herdmans collide with the Christmas story head on!

This delightful comedy is adapted from the best-selling Young Adult book, and has become a holiday staple for theatre across the United States! Features plenty of great roles for children and adults, a few favorite Christmas Carols, and a lot of laughs!

"An American classic." - McCall's Magazine

"One of the best Christmas stories ever - and certainly one of the funniest." - The Seattle Times

The first professional production of The Best Christmas Pageant Ever was given by the Seattle Children's Theatre on November 26, 1982.
Characters

CASTING

4m, 6f, 8boy(s), 9girl(s)

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Expandable casting, Features Children, Flexible casting, Roles for Children

CHORUS SIZE

Large

FATHER (Bob Bradley) - solid family man, 35-38
MOTHER (Grace Bradley) - trim, attractive, 35ish
BETH BRADLEY - the narrator, strong voice and presence, 10-11
CHARLIE BRADLEY - traditional kid brother, 8-9
RALPH HERDMAN - ragged, scroungy, slouching manner, touch of adolescent cool, 12-13
IMOGENE HERDMAN - loud, bossy, crafty, 11-12
LEROY HERDMAN - tough, sure of himself, 10-11
CLAUDE HERDMAN - tough, combative, 9-10
OLLIE HERDMAN - looking for trouble, Claude's usual partner in crime, 8-9
GLADYS HERDMAN - smail, wiry, fiesty, 7-8
ALICE WENDLEKEN - prim, proper, pain in the neck, 10-11
MRS. ARMSTRONG - largish woman, managerial in voice and manner, 50ish
MRS. SLOCUM - pleasant, motherly woman, 35-60
MRS. CLARK - 35-60
MRS. CLAUSING - 35-60
MRS. MCCARTHY - a younger, less imperious version of Mrs. Armstrong, middle 40s
MAXINE - l0-ll
ELMER HOPKINs - 12-13
HOBIE - 9-10
DAVID - 8-9
BEVERLY - 7-8
FIREMAN - 25-30
FIREMAN - 25-30
SHIRLEY - 5-6
JUANITA - 5-6
DORIS - 9-10
REVEREND HOPKINS - middle to late 40s
Extra angel choir members, baby angels, shepherds
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SIZE OF ORCHESTRA

Piano Only

VOCAL DEMANDS

Easy

Author
Barbara Robinson

Barbara Robinson

Barbara Robinsonhas written several popular books for children, including My Brother Louis Measures Worms, The Best School Year Ever, The Best Halloween Ever, and the enormously popular bestselling novel The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, first published in 1972, which was made into a classic TV movie and on which this book was based. The play The Best Christmas Pageant ... view full profile

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Reviews
Becky Hogaboom 8/5/2014 9:12 AM
This is one of my favorite Christmas scripts!  I love the variety of characters, the large number of roles that vary in size, the flexible casting options, and the relatively easy set and costumes.  It was a huge hit and was a crowd and cast favorite!
Bruce Carroll 3/25/2013 3:48 PM
This is a Christmas comedy the whole family will enjoy! Flexible casting options. The sets can be as simple or elaborate as desired.

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