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The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

by Barbara Robinson





December 9, 10, 16, 17, 2011

Christ King School

North Hall

The Herdmans are famous (or if you will, infamous) around the community they live in. Among other things, they lie, steal, hit people, ignore and/or cuss at their teachers and other people in authority (parents, the Police, etc), set fire to things, and, in general, cause trouble. All six also smoke cigars.  The kids' parents were often unseen. Their mother, Mrs. Herdman, worked double shifts at the town's shoe factory although she would be seen around town walking their pet cat (a mean one-eyed cat) on a double length of chain; and Mr. Herdman deserted the family when Gladys, the youngest and meanest of all of them, was only two years old. The kids and their mother live over a garage at the bottom of Sproul Hill, in town.

The story is narrated by Beth Bradley, a girl of the same age as the second oldest Herdman, Imogene. In some ways, Imogene sees Beth as perhaps the only person that she can trust, even though Beth often tries to avoid Imogene. Beth's brother, Charlie, had, unwisely, told Leroy Herdman, the same age as he, that they received snacks at Church, and, because of that, they all came to the church for the first time.

Beth's mother, Grace, had been put in charge of the pageant when the original leader, Mrs. Helen Armstrong, fell and broke her leg. It was at that point, when the Herdmans came, and were cast in the Christmas play.  This didn't sit well with most of the other members of the church, most especially, Mrs. Wendleken, the mother of Beth's prissy, arrogant, stuck-up friend, Alice.  Alice, like her mother, didn't like the Herdmans, and sometimes didn't really like others either. She feels that she is above everyone else, and her mother is extremely prudish. Beth likes her, but she could get fed up with her and her sanctimony as well.

After various travails, including an incident where everything seemed to go completely topsy-turvy (being called the one great big sinful thing Alice Wendleken had hoped for, which allowed her mother to call everyone on the phone to have the Herdmans forcibly removed), the show goes on, and it turns out to be one of the most memorable Christmas plays ever, since the Herdmans mainly do what comes naturally.




Grace Bradley

Kari Houghtaling

Bob Bradley

Scott Bahr

Beth Bradley Josie Trettin
Charlie Bradley Nick Bartholf
Alice Wendleken Abby Thompson
Maxine Carolann Grzybowski
Leroy Herdman Aymann Assad
Ralph Herdman Sebastian Bahr
Imogene Herdman Zoey Zanowski

David Herdman

Jacob Webb

Claude Herdman

Nick Proell

Ollie Herdman

Jack Trettin

Gladys Herdman

Alyssa Proell

Mrs. Clark Victoria Heckman

Mrs. McCarthy

Tina Davis

Mrs. Slocum Brenda Diesing
Mrs. Armstrong Mary Krauss
Mrs. Clausing Lucy Hilgendorf
Reverend Hopkins Paul Pfannenstiel
David Jacob Webb
Elmer Travis Cheever
Hobie Jonathan Watzka
Doris Olivia Feist


Lillian Frank


Jasmine Peterson


Production Staff


Rosie Peterson



Michael Pocara


Stage Manager

Diane Gryzbowski


Set Designer

Paul Weir


Set Construction

Larry Beckley

Tim Keitaman


Lights & Sound

Larry Beckley

Sam Stair



Kathy Landry

Hanna Bartholf

Properties Bob Phelps


Stage Crew

Scott Feist

Josh Klingman



Marjorie Pagel

Judy Lee Tarbos

Box Office Lloyd Dreger  
Scenic Artist Sandra Wyss  
House Manager Barbara Lynch  
Program Elise Georgeson  

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