The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

By Barbara Robinson
Produced under special arrangement with Samuel French
Directed by Pam Johnson and Barb Jeffress


December 1- 4
December 9 - 11
December 16 - 18
Thursday, Fridays - Saturdays at 7 pm
Sundays at 2 pm

NOTE: December 10 show begins at
8 pm due to Christmas Parade

Tickets available November 1
Buy online at or
call Visitors Center at 423.753.1010


The Best Christmas Pageant Ever is a book written by Barbara Robinson in 1972. It tells the story of six delinquent children surnamed Herdman. They go to church for the first time after being told that the church offers snacks. Despite protests from other church members, the Herdmans are given roles in the Sunday school's Christmas play, in which they tell the Christmas story in a nonconventional fashion. Robinson first published the story in McCall's magazine before it was adapted into a book, which sold over 800,000 copies.

Cast List

Bob Bradley   Richard Nave
Grace Bradley   Lacie Black
Beth Bradley   Maria Coletti
Charlie Bradley   Guthrie Butler
Ralph Herdman   Jake Jones
Imogene Herdman   Kaitlynn Newcomb
Leroy Herdman   Elliott Childress
Claude Herdman   Patrick Mardis
Ollie Herdman   Cameron Goward
Gladys Herdman   Annika Beatty
Alice Wendleken   Gillian Kick
Maxine   Besiah Fahngon
Elmer Hopkins   Jay Godfrey
Hobie   Zeb Damrau
David   Hayden Goward
Beverly   Gabrielle Mardis
Shirley   Kayla Mangiacotti
Juanita   Mandy Mangiacotti
Doris   Georgia Lane
Mrs. Armstrong   Shelly Mangiacotti
Mrs. Slocum   Caroline Kangwa
Mrs. Clark   Michelle Newcomb
Mrs. McCarthy   Perry Ann Butler
Reverend Hopkins   Riley Newcomb
Fireman   Jonathan Baker
Firewoman   Michelle Newcomb

For more information about this show, contact JRT at 423-791-4440

For information on tickets or to make a reservation, please call the Historic Jonesborough Visitors Center at 423-753-1010. Ticket prices: $14.00 for General Admission and $12.00 for Seniors and Students. Season Passes are available: General Admission $98 and Senior/Student $84 

The Jonesborough Repertory Theatre is located at 125 West Main Street, Jonesborough, across from Jonesborough Presbyterian Church, next door to the Historic Eureka Inn. We hope to see you there!