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The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

by Jahnna Beecham & Malcom Hillgartner
Adapted from the play by Barbara Robinson

Produced by special arrangement with Playscripts, Inc. (

The Herdmans are the worst kids in the history of the world. So, when they 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.

  • Run Dates Dec 1-23, 2017
  • Appropriate Ages 5+
  • Duration 2 hours with an intermission

Show Program

Cast & Credits


  • 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*

*Rose students


Know Before You Go


Show tickets are available at Will Call, if not picked up earlier. Lobby doors will open 45 minutes prior to the show. Tickets that have not been claimed five minutes prior to the the show may be released or sold.


The Rose is surrounded by several metered parking spots, active from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Saturday. The cost is $0.25 per hour or $10 per day. Metered parking is free on Sundays and holidays. Free parking is available in the Wells Fargo parking lot on the northwest corner of 20th and Farnam streets on weekends and after 5:30 p.m. on weeknights. Parking is also available on weekends for $2 in the parking garage at 19th & Harney, courtesy of the Omaha Douglas County Public Building Commission.


Cookies, soft drinks and water will be sold during the intermission of this show. Each item costs $1. Food and drinks must be consumed during intermission; food and drink is not permitted in the auditorium.


Everyone deserves a chance to experience the magic of theater. Performances are open to children and family members of all abilities. Click here to learn more about accessibility at The Rose.

Join Our Post-Performance Q&A Session!

A few minutes after the performance, our actors will conduct a Question & Answer session from the stage. It’s a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the scenery, costumes, special effects, and other aspects of the production. The actors may even have a question or two for you about the story.

Meet the Cast & Get an Autograph!

Some performers will be available after the show to say hello, pose in pictures, and sign their autographs for you. You can meet them on the mezzanine level right outside the entrance to our balcony level seats.

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