Last night, I went to the Heritage Playhouse with a few friends to see The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. I have to say that I was impressed by the acting, but I was also taken in by the story.
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, a play based on a children’s novel written by Barbara Robinson, follows the story of the Herdmans, six rough and tumble children from a broken family who all live in the poor side of town. No one in the church community likes these people. The other children are afraid of them and the parents are extremely critical of them.
Much to everyone’s greatest dismay, the Herdman’s take over the Christmas Pageant. Well, they don’t exactly take over the play. Grace, one of the upright, middle class churchgoers, gives these children a chance to perform in the pageant. Even in the face of doubt and disapproval, she believes that it will be the best Christmas pageant ever. She is determined to make it the best Christmas pageant ever.
I’m not going to give away the ending, but I will say that it was a touching story. The story is Christian oriented, but not in a religious or self-righteous manner. The Christianity that I saw was genuine and sincere. That is what makes this story so moving. One day soon, I’m going to purchase a copy of the book.
If you reside on the Sunshine Coast (southwest, British Columbia) I encourage you to see The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. You will laugh and you might even shed a tear. The play is held at the Heritage Playhouse in Gibsons. It is playing from December 9th (tonight) until December 16th. All evening performances begin at 7:30pm.
You may also want to see A Christmas Carol put on by Story Theatre, a division of Driftwood Players. You can check out our schedule here.