The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

Tickets are now on sale for the Pec Playhouse Theatre production of the holiday comedy The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, its final production of the 2003 season.

The story: The Herdmans were horrible children—probably the meanest, nastiest, most inevitably awful kids in the whole history of the world! They stole, burned down buildings, and played games that terrorized the neighborhood.

One Sunday, the Herdmans came to church because they heard the minister gave out free desserts. So, when they showed up at the church for Christmas pageant tryouts, even the adults were speechless. Whatever would become of the Christmas pageant with such a group of hoodlums in starring roles?

The congregation is in shock and the town thinks they belong in the care of the local police! Christmas takes on a whole new meaning, and nobody would guess that it turns out the way it does. But when the curtain goes up, a real miracle starts to happen! A simply hilarious holiday treat for the entire family.

The cast of almost 30 people of all ages is composed of volunteers from Pecatonica and the surrounding areas.

The play is under the direction of Amy TerHark, who has previously directed Pec Playhouse Theatre high school productions of You Can’t Take it With You, The Hound of Baskervilles, Don’t Drink the Water and Arsenic and Old Lace.

Performances are Fridays through Sundays, Nov. 14-30, with shows on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m. Additional Saturday 2 p.m. matinees have been added on Nov. 22 and 29 to accommodate the demand of this popular and funny holiday production.

Tickets are available at the box office at 314 Main St., Pecatonica, from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturdays, or from German-American State Bank in Pecatonica, or by calling the box office at 815-239-1210. Tickets are $9.50 for adults at the door, $8.50 in advance; $8.50 for students/seniors at the door, $7.50 in advance. Group rates are available.

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