Theatre Bristol Presents “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” Nov 30 – Dec 16

Thirty-eight local actors, Six Herdmans causing trouble, Five baby angels crying, Four Bradleys trying, Three weekends playing, Two firemen running, and One best Christmas pageant ever!

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Theatre Bristol presents the holiday favorite The Best Christmas Pageant Ever at the Theatre Bristol ARTspace, 506 State Street, Bristol, TN. Tickets are on sale now,, for the popular holiday play, running for three weekends, Fridays at 7:30 pm, a special early time on Saturdays at 5:30 pm, and Sunday matinees at 2:30 pm.

Directing The Best Christmas Pageant Ever will be Theatre Bristol veteran actor and director Steve Baskett (Mark Twain’s Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Robin Hood). Baskett is supported by stage manager Brittany Wallace, assistant stage manager Marley Hillman, and producer Samantha Gray.

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever is based on Barbara Robinson’s much-loved best-selling novel by the same title. “In this hilarious Christmas classic, a couple struggling to put on a church Christmas pageant is faced with casting the Herdman kids–probably the most inventively awful kids in history. You won’t believe the mayhem – and the fun – when the Herdmans collide with the Christmas story head on (Samuel French)!”

Theatre Bristol is excited to welcome to the cast many making their debut to our stage as well as veterans, including Kami Wiley as mother Grace Bradley and Andrew McGrady as father Bob Bradley. Claire Hankins portrays the narrator, Beth Bradley, and Cooper Knapp plays her brother Charlie Bradley. The awful Herdmans are Ethan Baker as Ralph Herdman, Enelisa Sutton as Imogene Herdman, Nick Taylor as Leroy Herdman, Ian Gassiot as Claude Herdman, Avery Fick as Ollie Herdman, and Erica LaFollette as Gladys Herdman. Renee Hickman is the incapacitated Mrs. Armstrong. Hope Greene is Alice Wendlekin and Isabella Walker is her friend Maxine. Andrew Hunt is Rev Hopkins and Ethan Boothe, Elmer Hopkins. Mason White is Hobie Clark and Carter Lawson is David. Angels include Zyleigh Hayden as Doris, Ryleigh Tolbert as Beverly, Farris Lamie as Baby Angel Shirley, Lilly Hankins as Baby Angel Juanita, Oliver Stanbrough as Angel Oliver, Lily Hughes as Angel Lily, Lara McGrady as Angel Lara, and Savanna Blevins as Angel Savanna.
Agreeing to be featured in alternating walk-on roles are the Ladies Aide Society members: Mabel Lamie, Kara Knapp, Crystal Baker, Yvette Sutton, Michele Fick, Jessica LaFollette, Christina Lawson, Tara Tolbert, Terra White, Nicole Hughes, Nikki Houser, Amanda Hankins, and Cynthia Lavender.

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever opens November 30, and runs for three weekends at Theatre Bristol’s ARTspace, Fridays at 7:30 pm, Saturdays at 5:30 pm, and Sundays at 2:30 pm, closing on December 16. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for seniors and students, and are available at

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever is presented through special arrangement with Samuel French.

Theatre Bristol is pleased to present The Best Christmas Pageant Ever as part of its family-friendly 53rd season of ARTspace and Paramount shows, including Lessons from Shakespeare: How to Avoid a Personal Tragedy with River’s Way; Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day; Chitty Chitty Bang Bang; Tartuffe; Pinocchio; and Fiddler on the Roof.

Founded in 1965, Theatre Bristol is the oldest continually running children’s theatre in northeast Tennessee. Its season consists of up to seven productions, as well as a children’s camp, and other events. Theatre Bristol performances take place in downtown Bristol at the ARTspace, a multi-purpose, black box theatre which seats up to 120, or the Paramount Center for the Arts. Theatre Bristol is volunteer run and we invite you to get involved.

For more information, visit Theatre Bristol’s website or Facebook page, contact Theatre Bristol at 423-212-3625, or email