The Herdman children (a rowdy clan who “went through the Woodrow Wilson school like those South American fish that strips your bones clean”) decide to take over the main roles of the annual Christmas Pageant at a local church. The story of Mary, Joseph and the baby Jesus is a foreign tale for this unruly group. They have strong opinions about key points of the traditional story including a title: “The Revenge at Bethlehem.”
The heart of this play is the German clan who present the Christmas story with fresh eyes. Imogene German picks up the baby and burps it, the Wiseman bring the Christmas ham from their welfare basket, because a family can’t eat frankincense. The angel, Gladys Herdman, grabs the shepherds and pushes them along to the barn so the shepherds don’t have to stumble all over the countryside looking for him.
Directed by Pam Mueller, the cast of 24 ranges in age from 4 to 74+. They come from Shelton, Allyn, Grapeview and Tacoma. Some are veterans of the theatre, for others this is a premiere performance. For the audience, we promise a heartwarming Christmas message to kick off the season.
Admission is free for this play.
Performances are at the Harstine Island Community Hall, 3371 E Harstine Island Rd N, Shelton, WA.