More Christmas spirit in best pageant ever

Published on Thu, Dec 12, 2002
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More Christmas spirit in best pageant ever

Sandy Wolf’s holiday offering this year is an adaptation of Barbara Robinson’s children’s story, “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever,” a story of the power of the spirit of Christmas. “I think the message of the play is about how Christmas can change people,” said Wolf. “It’s full of really darling, tender scenes.”

The production features a local cast from Blaine and Bellingham. “There are people from two (years old) to 80 in the play. It shows the impact of Christmas on every generation,” Wolf said.

The tale features the Herdman family, whose children lie, steal, and bully other neighborhood kids into submitting to their own demands. The only escape from the Herdman’s terror is the church until the Herdmans invade its service one Sunday for refreshments. They even acquire lead roles in the Christmas pageant by threatening the other kids, much to the chagrin of the congregation.

The Herdmans’ antics affect the pageant, and the pageant affects them, in a way nobody expects.

No admission will be charged, however, donations are greatly appreciated. After covering the basic costs of the production, the remaining proceeds will be donated to the Christmas Giving Tree, a program to benefit local families in need during the holidays.

The play runs December 13 at 7 p.m. and December 14 at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the United Church of Christ Congregational on Fourth and Clark Streets. ..

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