Delinquent children make “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever”

The Herdman children take over the church Christmas pageant in Pollard Theater Center’s production of “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.” The show is scheduled for Dec. 3-5. Courtesy

When misbehaving children are cast in the church Christmas pageant it makes for an unconventional show. This is exactly the story the Pollard Theater Center will tell in the upcoming production of Barbara Robinson's "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever."

Directed by Ila England and produced by Lee Hardy, the production tells the story of the Herdman children taking over the church Christmas pageant.

The character, Mrs. Bradley, played by Crissy Huffman, struggles to put on the pageant and is faced with casting the Herdman kids, who are described as "the most inventively awful children in history," according to a production news release.

They steal, lie, smoke cigars and hit other children, and no one is prepared when the family invades the church and takes over the annual pageant.

"There's mayhem and fun when the Herdmans collide with the beautiful story of Jesus' birth," according to the news release.

Scheduled showings are: 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Saturday, December 5 at the Founders' Center at Pollard, 3030 Copeland Road, in Tyler. The Pollard Theater Center is a ministry of Pollard United Methodist Church.

Tickets cost $10 each. They can be purchased online at, by phone at 903-521-0069 or in person at the Pollard box office from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays or after Sunday services.

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If you go

Who: Pollard Theater Center

What: "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever"

When: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3 and 4; 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Dec. 5

Where: Pollard Founders' Center, 3030 Copeland Road, in Tyler

Cost: $10

Tickets:, 903-521-0069 or the Pollard box office

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