Vermillion performers present The Best Christmas Pageant Ever The angel choir shares in the magic moment when the ruffians Imogene and Ralph Herdman, played by Molly Hammond and Michael Walker, are transformed by the story of the season in The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. The Vermillion Community Theatre presented a very special production of Barbara Robinson's play The Best Christmas Pageant Ever at the High School Auditorium on Dec. 14, 15 and 16.
The play is about the Herdmans, a family of ruffian children that take over a Sunday School pageant because they have heard there are treats available. They commandeer all of the good roles but, in the process, are changed by the miracle of the Christmas story. The original play was not a musical and had roles for about 20 people. Thanks to the talents of Steve Miller and Anthony Burbach of the Vermillion Community Theatre, the production was rewritten as a musical adding such tunes as The Herdmans, I Want to Be Mary, and The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.
Dan Miller and Gretchen Burbach directed a cast of 91 children and adults to bring this very unique production to life. The Crooks Choir performed a "doop, doobie, do" version of While Shepherds Watch wearing sunglasses to shield the light.
One of the most memorable moments was the Royal Choir performing a rap version of We Three Kings. The play concluded with the gift of the Herdman's ham from their welfare basket "because you can't eat frankincense."
It may just have been "The Best Christmas Pageant" ever.
The Vermillion Community Theater operates under the auspices of the Vermillion Area Arts Council and was ably assisted in the production by the youth of the United Church of Christ, Congregational.
Proceeds from the show will help bring a summer production to Vermillion. The VCT thanks the Vermillion School District for the use of the high school auditorium, a truly great community facility.