This musical is by Jahnna Beecham & Malcom Hillgartner. Adapted from the play by Barbara Robinson.
I love when they leave the stage curtains open, so we can see the set before it begins. There's live music that plays during it. My son Isaak always loves to look under the stage at those who play something.
It's a feel good kind of a story.
The Herdman children are the worst. They don't get any attention at home, so they act out to get negative attention. They decide to crash Sunday school and demand parts in the Christmas pageant. The whole town panics. There’s not supposed to be biting in Bethlehem, and while these kids have never even heard the Christmas story, they definitely have rewrites! Soon everyone from the terrified pint-sized shepherds to the furious church ladies are calling for reluctant director Grace Bradley to cancel the whole thing. It’s up to Grace and the Reverend to help their community see the Christmas story (and the Herdman kids) through new eyes in this hilarious musical adaptation of the funny and touching holiday classic. Silent night? Not a chance. But sometimes a little joyful noise is just right for Christmas.
What We Thought:
It's best for ages 5 and up just because of the length. It's 2 hours long with 1 intermission. I think it's a great musical to see for any family! If you have smaller and older children I think this is a great show to go to. It held the attention of my 9 and 12 year olds, as to where some other shows are just too young to hold their attention. This show has different aged actors that each family member may relate to.
There's a lot of discussion you can have after the musical. You can talk about acceptance, empathy, social dynamics, and the true meaning of holidays.
We ended up loving the "naughty" children in the end. They disobeyed because they didn't have anyone that cared for them. When Grace stepped up to the plate to take over the pageant the kids finally saw that someone was willing to give them a chance.
The youngest little girl had spunk and was so cute!
Grace Bradley – Sarah Gibson
Bob Bradley – Dan Chevalier
Helen Armstrong – Theresa Sindelar
Reverend Hopkins – Kabin Thomas
Luanne Wendleken – Jennifer Gilg
Betty Brown – Moira Mangiamelli
Conne St. Clair – Marguerite Bennett
Youth Pastor – Robby Stone
Miss Brandel/Nurse – Ashley Laverty
Imogene Herdman – Kaeli Vondra
Gladys Herdman – Chase Robinson
Ralph Herdman – Wayne Hudson
Leroy Herdman – Luke Nieland
Claude Herdman – Josiah Hydeen
Ollie Herdman – Jonas Caruso
Beth Bradley – Lilly Weak
Charlie Bradley – Carson Bishop
Ivy Reed-St. Clair – Chloe Irwin
Elmer Hopkins – Mason Lindsey
Teddy Shoemaker-Brown – Kian Roblin
Alice Wendleken – Annabella Mosher
Ensemble – Hayden Blayney, Briana Nash, Phoenix Nehls
They use a lot of students for the cast.
This is when all the spunk turned friendly:
December 1 - 23. Catch a show soon!
Friday, Dec. 8 - 7 pm
Saturday, Dec. 9 - 2 pm
Sunday, Dec. 10 - 2 pm
Friday, Dec. 15 - 7 pm
Saturday, Dec. 16 - 2 pm
Saturday, Dec. 16 - 7 pm
Sunday, Dec. 17 - 2 pm
Friday, Dec. 22 - 7 pm
Saturday, Dec. 23 - 2 pm
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There is a break during the show where they serve drinks and cookies. They do have a question and answer time after the shows, or you can opt to get your child's program signed by one of the actors.
Will you be seeing any Christmas plays, musicals, movies, orchestras or ballets this season?
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