The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

nov 2 - nov 25, 2018
Book by Barbara Robinson
Kate Goldman Children's Theatre

They showed up for the free cookies and stayed, much to the town’s dismay.

From the best-selling children’s book, the Playhouse embarks on its 20th year of The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. Perfect for young audiences, you won’t believe the mayhem – and the fun – when the Herdmans collide with the Christmas story head on!

After the normal director of the local church’s Christmas pageant breaks her leg, a new director must take over. Stopping in for a visit after hearing about free snacks offered at the church, the Herdman kids, the most inventively awful kids in history, get cast in the show. Others involved in the show try to find a way to kick them out but when the show begins, will the Herdmans ruin the annual pageant or learn to share the true meaning of Christmas?

Children’s Theatre Age Intention: Playhouse children’s theatre productions are intended for ages 5 and up.

Sponsored by:

Ralph Herdman
William Bower
Leroy Herdman
Nolan Scherer
Claude Herdman
Ridge Rutherford
Imogene Herdman
Finley Schelhaas
Gladys Herdman
Gabrielle Henderson
Ollie Herdman
Alexander Baker
Beth Bradley
Tess Meggison
Charlie Bradley
Porter McClure
Gbomi Kayode
Jack Andersen
Oscar Tjeerdsma
William “Nash” Roe
Juliette Novak
Alice Wendleken
Lily Spahr
Amaya Veldkamp
Rachel Talley
Evelyn Tucker
Josie Talley
Tony Tandeski
Melanie Hall
Mrs. Armstrong
Alexandra Gray
Mrs. Clark
Heather Wenck
Mrs. Slocum
Cecilia Talley
Mrs. McCarthy
Jenna Darsee
Mrs. Clausing
Robin Breen Fulton
Reverend Hoskins
Susan Eisenhour
Shawn Baker
Gary Scherer

Des Moines Community Playhouse Press Release
Kill Date: November 25, 2018
Subject: Des Moines Community Playhouse Presents The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
Contact: Lee Ann Bakros, Playhouse Public Relations Director, 515-974-5358

The Des Moines Community Playhouse presents The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, Nov. 2-25, 2018. Tickets may be purchased online at, by phone at 515-277-6261, or at the Playhouse ticket office, 831 42nd St. “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” is sponsored by Nationwide.

Now in its 20th production, the Des Moines Community Playhouse offers one of the community’s most beloved performance traditions: The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. In this hilarious holiday classic, a mother struggling to put on a church Christmas pageant is faced with casting the Herdman kids, the most inventively awful kids in history. You won’t believe the mayhem – and the fun – when the Herdmans collide with the Christmas story head on!

The Playhouse cast includes Jack Andersen, Alexander Baker, Shawn M. Baker, Will Bower, Jenna Darsee, Susan Eisenhour, Alexandra Gray, Melanie Hall, Gabrielle Henderson, Gbomi Kayode, Porter McClure, Tess Meggison, Juliette Novak, Nash Roe, Ridge Chadley Rutherford, Finley Schelhaas, Gary Scherer, Nolan Scherer, Lily Spahr, Cecelia Talley, Josie Talley, Rachel Talley, Tony Tandeski, Oscar Tjeerdsma, Evie Tucker, Amaya Veldkamp, and Heather Wenck. The Best Christmas Pageant Ever is directed by Anne Frett with musical direction by Dani Boal.

The Playhouse, now in its 100th season, is one of the oldest and largest community theatres in the US. Located at the 42nd Street exit of I-235, the theatre has presented a full season of shows since 1919 and also offers a wide variety of educational experiences including classes for ages 4 to adult, theatre trips to New York, and volunteer opportunities onstage and backstage.

For more information about the Playhouse and The Best Christmas Pageant Ever contact the Playhouse ticket office at 515-277-6261.

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever Performances: Nov. 2-25, 2018
7:00 PM Friday
1:00 PM & 4:00 PM Saturday-Sunday
Added Performance: 4:00 PM, Friday, Nov. 23, 2018

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever Tickets
Ticket prices start at $19
To purchase tickets:
Des Moines Community Playhouse Ticket Office, 831 42nd St., Des Moines, IA 50312