(JESSICA SETY/For the Independent)
Stagetime Theatre production beginning this weekend…
The Herdmans were absolutely the worst kids in the history of the world. They lied and stole and smoked cigars (even the girls) and talked dirty and hit little kids and cussed their teachers and took the name of the Lord in vain and set fire to Fred Shoemaker’s old broken-down toolhouse. There were six of them – Imogene (Caelyn Beck), Claude (Silas Warren), Ralph (Elijah Fazio), Leroy (Tommy Kirry), Ollie (Frankie Sety) and Gladys (Halle Stearns).
No one is prepared when this outlaw family invades church one Sunday and decides to take over the annual Christmas pageant. None of the Herdmans has ever heard the Christmas story before. Their interpretation of the tale – the Wise Men are a bunch of dirty spies and Herod needs a good beating – has a lot of people up in arms. But it will make this year’s pageant the most unusual anyone has seen and, just possibly, the best one ever.
StageTime Theatre presents its annual winter production this year being The Best Christmas Pageant Ever on December 14, 15 and 16. Tickets are available at Akers, Valley Drug, The Chewelah Independent, JHS and at the door. Tickets in advance are $7. At the door $9. Friday’s show is at 7 p.m. On Saturday there are three shows, 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday shows are 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
“Wiry-tough, tender-hearted, unsentimental, and consistently funny.” – The London Sunday Times
“The story is outrageous, lively, funny and wonderful. The Christmas story takes on a strangely moving depth of meaning and shines through with a new brilliance.” – Denver Post
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, written by Barbara Robinson, is produced in arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.