Anacostia Playhouse, 2020 Shannon Place SE
Directed by Krista Vingelis
Beth Bradley’s church’s Christmas pageant is predictable every year: the angel choir wears too much lipstick, the shepherds are all in their father’s bathrobes, the minister’s son is permanently cast in the role of Joseph. But when 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 from the “wrong side of the tracks,” descend upon the pageant, lured by the promise of free dessert at Sunday school. They are determined to win all the lead roles for themselves. The church “ladies” are beside themselves, 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 the creativity, energy, and unexpected sincerity of a misunderstood young family.
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever opens Saturday December 9 and runs through to December 23rd.
Thursday through Saturday 7:30 pm
Saturday and Sunday Matinee 2:30 pm
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Adults $20, Youth 14 and under $10
PWYC will be available at the door 30 minutes prior to curtain
Set Design by Audrey Bodek
Lighting Design by John Alexander
Costume Design by Amy MacDonald
Music Adviser: Daniel Flores
Stage Manager: Brianne Taylor