The Veale Creek Theater will be presenting “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” in six weekend performances running through Dec. 1. Friday and Saturday performances will begin at 7 p.m. with Sunday shows starting at 2 p.m.
“The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” is a story about Imogene, Claudia, Ralph, Leroy, Ollie and Gladys Herdman- a group of rambunctious and delinquent children. The Herdman clan decides to go to church after they hear that snacks are served and are shortly after given parts in the Sunday school play, “The Christmas Story”.
The Herdman children turn the classic story into one a little unconventional.
Directed locally by Chrissy Kratochvil, the cast includes local children, many whom have been involved with the theater camp offered at Veale Creek in the summer. “This was one of my favorite books when I was little and I that’s why I really wanted to do direct it this year,” said Kratochvil. “Theater has always been my passion and this is a great way to share my passion with a really great group of kids.”
Those involved with the show have put in countless hours of rehearsal.
Many of the children involved with the performance balance basketball, spell bowl and other school activities as well. Adult leads are played by Todd Hammer and Julie Wadsworth.
“The great thing about this play is it’s all really about the kids. We don’t have a lot of sets,” said Kratochvil.
Anna Barber will play Beth Bradley, the narrator of the play.
“Beth lives in a town with awful kids named the Herdman’s and her mom is put in charge of the Christmas Story for the Sunday school class,” said Barber.
Maxine will be played by Haley Osmon. “Maxine narrates the Christmas Story in the play and she’s fun and outgoing,” Osmon said.