CHARLOTTE – What happens when the worst kids in the entire world find out there are free snacks at Sunday school? They decide to audition for the annual Christmas pageant, of course!
Full of hijinks, laughs and a healthy dose of holiday cheer, Children’s Theatre of Charlotte is reprising the beloved “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever: The Musical” after audiences last year made this the highest-attended show in its 70-year history.
“I love this musical, which made its world premiere here last season, because it’s both hilarious and heartwarming. The writers of this musical, Jahnna Beecham and Malcolm Hillgartner, have turned Barbara Robinson’s beloved 1972 story into a musical sure to both bring a tear to your eye and cheer to your heart,” Adam Burke, Children’s Theatre of Charlotte artistic director, said. “But, mostly, I love this play because it reminds me it isn’t the Herdmans learning about the story of Christmas that has made this such an enduring classic. Rather, it’s the other characters learning to accept the Herdmans that captures the Christmas spirit.”
Linda Reynolds, Children’s Theatre of Charlotte’s managing director, noted the special chord this musical struck with many families.
“We know our audiences look forward to spending quality time together, especially during the holidays. The spirit of this story beautifully captures Barbara Robinson’s message about bringing a community together and creating ‘joy, joy, joy,’” she said.
Want to go?
The musical continues through Dec. 23 at Children’s Theatre of Charlotte, including a sensory-friendly performance at 11 a.m. Dec. 9 and a signed performance at 3 p.m. Dec. 16. Visit www.ctcharlotte.org or call 704-973-2828 from noon to 5 p.m. weekdays to buy tickets.