Corinth Theatre-Arts’ presents “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever”

By M. Scott Morris/NEMS Daily Journal

CORINTH – Chaos ranks right up there with lights and decorations as holiday mainstays.
The trouble will start Friday, when Corinth Theatre-Arts’ opens “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” and unleashes the Herdman clan on an unsuspecting church congregation.
“The Herdmans find out there are refreshments at Sunday school,” said Kelly Gilson, director. “Of course, the Herdmans want the snacks, punch and cookies, so they come. Then they bully their way into the lead roles of the Christmas pageant.”
The Herdmans steal from a donation box, smoke in the bathroom, use coarse language and generally disrupt the church’s routines.
At first, Charlie, played by 10-year-old Christopher Miller, thinks a little change could be good. A group of girls has had unchecked power for years.
“Charlie goes up to Claude Herdman and says, ‘You’re smart not to like Alice right off the bat,’ then Claude pushes him,” Christopher said.
“We get picked on by everybody,” said Lacey Davis, 16, who plays Charlie’s sister, Beth.
“Yeah, a lot,” Christopher said.
All that conflict has to lead to something good, right? Otherwise, Barbara Robinson’s classic book and play wouldn’t have become seasonal favorites.
“It’s kind of a Christmas miracle,” said Mikaela Hancock, who plays Imogene Herdman, “because the Herdmans usually wouldn’t be coming to church. They don’t know the Christmas story. They don’t know who the shepherds are or any of it.”
The rest of the congregation might have a few lessons to learn, too.
“All the church ladies get upset, but it really turns out to be …,” Christopher said.
He and Lacey finished the sentence together: “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.”

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