‘The Best Christmas Pageant Ever’
By Cassie Lennox
Some folks may have heard about the Herdmans. They steal lunches and smokes cigars, and are hardly the type of kids to star in the church’s Christmas Pageant, but, to their town’s horror, that’s just what they’re going to do.
Those unfamiliar with the notorious Herdman family, or those who enjoy the classic Christmas story about the Herdmans, will be able to see them come to life in the Playhouse Theatre Group’s rendition of “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.”
“This show is some of the best fun I’ve had,” said Tanner Reed, who plays Leroy Herdman in the production. “I hear a lot of the time that people are scared to do something like this, maybe of being on stage or singing in public, but this group has something for everyone.”
Will Christmas be ruined? Will the church survive? Amidst the chaos, will the Herdmans, along with the rest of the town, stumble upon the true meaning of Christmas and transform the unruly production into the best Christmas Pageant ever?
Find out at 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Dec. 7-9, at the Springs United Methodist Church, 2820 Plover Springs Drive, Plover. Those planning to attend the production should consider arriving 30 minutes early, as the space is somewhat small. When the production is through, there will be a lighting of the candles and singing of “Silent Night” together.
The show will be offered at no charge, though attendees are asked to consider donating a non-perishable food item on the night of the show for the Holiday Baskets of Portage County, in the spirit of giving.
“It’s a fun time to look forward to,” said Rachel Jorgensen, who plays Beth Bradley. “It’s such a fun show and so funny, and on top of that you get to meet all these new friends and see old ones. We’re like one big family, and we keep expanding, which is awesome.”
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