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The Best Christmas Pageant Ever – 2017


A booklist for: The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

Production dates: December 8-17, 2017

This is a booklist created by Gere Branch library staff to accompany the stage production of The Best Christmas Pageant Ever at Gere’s neighbor, The Lincoln Community Playhouse.

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever is a 1982 play, adapted by Barbara Robinson from her own 1972 novel.

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!

This delightful comedy is adapted from the best-selling Young Adult book, and has become a holiday staple for groups across the United States! Features plenty of great roles for children and adults, a few favorite Christmas Carols, and a lot of laughs!

This show was last produced at The Lincoln Community Playhouse in 2011. Click here to see the booklist released for that production.

Another electronic version of this booklist, complete with a page of Theatre Trivia, is also available here as a PDF for you to download.

Theatre Themed Recommendations:

Moon Theater
by Étienne Delessert [jP Delessert]

To prepare for the moon’s nightly rising, a young stagehand performs such tasks as dressing the birds in long dark coats, training wild dogs to howl, and watering the stars.

One Dark and Dreadful Night
by Randy Cecil [jP Cecil]

Maestro Von Haughty wants to present three thrilling tales of terror and misfortune, but members of the Wayward Orphans Theatre make some very silly changes to the costumes and script.

I Am the Turkey
by Michele Sobel Spirn [jF Spirn]

Mark is so excited to be the turkey in his class Thanksgiving play — until he discovers what the turkey’s real role was in the first Thanksgiving dinner!

The Gift of the Girl Who Couldn’t Hear
by Susan Richards Shreve [j Shreve]

Two friends, one of whom is deaf, help each other when tryouts are held for a seventh-grade production of Annie.

Raymond and Graham Rule the School
by Mike Knudson [j Knudson]

Best friends Raymond and Graham have looked forward to being the “oldest, coolest, toughest” boys at East Millcreek Elementary School, but from the start of fourth grade everything goes wrong, from getting the scary teacher to not getting the lead in the school play.

Act I, Act II, Act Normal
by Martha Weston [j Weston]

“I felt my ears get hot. I’d gotten my wish–a big part–but this part? And in this play?”

Topher Blakely has been waiting all his life to get the lead in the eight-grade play. But the contest winner is a “fairy tale” At least Topher gets to act mean and wear a fake beard.

Topher and his best friend, Kip, know that from Populars to Losers, the label you get is the label you live, and nobody lets you forget it. At least half the school would rather eat rocks than try out for a play. Want people to think you’re a geek or gay? Hang out near the theater. And Bad Daniel, the school bully, makes sure Topher never forgets it.

At least a guy can go home to relax, right? Won’t Topher’s savvy, undertanding parents, his adoring little sister, and his fun-loving pet cat put life in perspective? Yeah, rrriiiight…

Broadway Lights
by Jen Calonita [YA PB Calonita]

Hollywood teen starlet Kaitlin Burke moves to New York for the summer to appear in a Broadway show, all the while worrying about her boyfriend back in Los Angeles, her handsome new co-star, and the offstage drama going on around her.

by Raina Telgemeier [YA PB Telgemeier]

Callie loves theater. And while she would totally try out for her middle school’s production of Moon Over Mississippi , she’s a terrible singer. Instead she’s the set designer for the stage crew, and this year she’s determined to create a set worthy of Broadway on a middle-school budget. But how can she, when she doesn’t know much about carpentry, ticket sales are down, and the crew members are having trouble working together? Not to mention the onstage AND offstage drama that comes once the actors are chosen, and when two cute brothers enter the picture, things get even crazier! Following the success of Smile , Raina Telgemeier brings us another graphic novel featuring a diverse set of characters that humorously explores friendship, crushes, and all-around drama!

Caught in the Act
by Peter Moore [j Moore]

Meet Ethan Lederer. He’s got a great girlfriend, and he’s in all honor classes. Life is almost normal until Lydia Krane shows up in chemistry class. She’s not really Ethan’s type-she’s some variety of goth with peculiar markings up and down her arms. But he feels an attraction to her he can’t explain. As they get to know each other, Ethan finds himself opening up in ways he never could with his girlfriend or his family. Lydia is so different. She loves theater just like Ethan. They’re even going to star together in the school play, a Hollywood version of Macbeth.

But suddenly Lydia changes. Why does she seem so attached and desperate? It doesn’t take long for Ethan to realize that Lydia will do anything to keep him, the boy of her dreams.

Created in partnership with the Lincoln Community Playhouse by ka/Gere Branch November 2017 | Modified for use on BookGuide by sdc/bmpl