A holiday classic returns

The Herdsman’s are the meanest kids around. They lie, steal, cuss, and smoke cigars – even the girls. The last place anyone expected to see them was in church. So when the Herdsman’s storm Sunday school and take over the annual Christmas pageant, everyone braces for the worst.

But no one is prepared for what really happens when the rottenest kids in the world take over the greatest story ever told.

That’s the premise of the latest holiday production presented by Webster City Community Theatre, “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.”

WCCT is bringing back the family holiday favorite for the fourth time. The story, written by Barbara Robinson, has previously been performed in 1995, 1998 and 2006.

Director Al Yungclas, assistant director Donna Foster and producer Karin Yungclas are pleased to be working with the cast and crew.

“This has been a great cast to work with,” Yungclas said. There are about 25 children in the production along with a handful of adults who round out the cast.

“People seem to like this show,” he said. “It’s always been very popular when we’ve done the show in the past.”

Yungclas said the story speaks to tolerance and caring for others.

“This play shows that Christmas is more than just gifts,” he said. “It’s about caring about other people and the effect it has on those who didn’t know the real meaning of Christmas.”

The cast consists of The Bradley family, played by Ray Hutchinson as Bob, Charity Hayes as Grace, Katie Greenfield as Beth and Daniel Blankenship as Charlie.

Playing the the Herdman’s are Mikey Paisley as Ralph, Kaitlyn Wagner as Imogene, Aaron Halbach as Leroy, Dylan McCoskey as Claude, Ryley Jergens as Ollie, and Delaney Kopriva as Gladys.

Other cast members include: Nicole Boyd as Alice, Emma Bailey as Maxine; church ladies Mrs. Armstrong, played by Tammy Rattenborg; Mrs. Slocum played by Michaela Dora; Mrs. Clark played by Cathy Oswald and Mrs. Clausing played by Tammy Greenfield; Jeff Pingel portrays Rev. Hopkins; his son Elmer is played by Noah O’Connell; Elmer’s friends are Sam Halbach as Hobie and Jesslyn as Jessie; Kyra Wanger, Jenessa Cherry, Sierra Rattenborg, and Sarah Lindstom are shepherds; Lauren Leman accompanies the angel choir consisting of Maren Borer, Gianna Borer, Elycia Obrecht, Madison Pingel, and Kaitlyn Seeley. The baby angels are Olivia Gallentine, Addison Hayes, Marissa Lindstrom, Emerson Paukert and Sydney Oswald; Pat Powers and Paul Wagner play firemen.

The crew consists of Wil Groves, Kevin Sweet and Hunter Hesler on tech duty, Stephanie Hill stage manager with assistance from Paul Wagner; Donna and Dan Ryherd box office managers, Loween Getter, publicity and Judy Wagner usher captain.

The box office is now open. Tickets are $5 for students through high school and $10 for adults. All seats are reserved. Performances are slated for Dec. 6, 13 and 14 at 7 p.m. with matinees on Dec. 7, 14 and 15 at 2 p.m.