The Horrible Herdmans’ Takeover Unexpectedly Results in “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever”

On Nov. 2-4, 7-11, and 15-18, Raleigh Little Theatre will present a youth-theater production of “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever,” adapted for the stage by Barbara Robinson from her perennially popular 1972 novel about the horrible Herdman children and how they mercilessly bullied their classmates at school and then invaded rehearsals for a church’s annual Christmas pageant and strong-armed their way into all the plum roles. RLT youth theater and education director Linda O’Day Young will stage this 1982 holiday classic in RLT‘s Gaddy-Goodwin Teaching Theatre.

“Merry Christmas, Strega Nona” at RLT Dramatizes a Yuletide Miracle by Calabria’s “Grandma Witch”

The RLT cast includes (from left) Natalie Giannini as Bambolona, Martie Todd Sirois as Strega Nona, and Charlie Putnam as Big Anthony (photo by David Watts)

Raleigh Little Theatre will perform the musical “Merry Christmas, Strega Nona” as part of its 2011-12 RLT Youth Series on Nov. 4-6, 10-13, and 17-20 in its Gaddy-Goodwin Teaching Theatre in west Raleigh. First produced by the Children’s Theatre Company of Minneapolis, MN in its 1987-88 season, the show features music by Alan Shorter and a book by Thomas Olson, based on a 1986 story by Tomie dePaola.