A couple struggling to put on the annual church Christmas pageant is faced with having to cast the Herdman kids, who are notorious for causing trouble. The kids proceed to tell the Christmas story in a non-conventional fashion.
"I have to tell you one thing about having all these kids in the cast," said director Penny Kohut. "Not one of them, believe it or not, is like a Herdman. They really aren't. They've been really, really great."
The show features nearly 80 talented children, twice as many as the script calls for.
"I kind of thought the whole image and message in this story is allowing those Herdman kids to be in the Christmas nativity pageant and including everybody in the play," said Kohut. "So when 80 kids showed up to be in the play, I thought what better way to actually mirror the story than to put everyone in the play?"
The story has delighted readers and audiences for decades with its witty writing and adorable characters.
"It's a wonderful way to get in the Christmas spirit," said Kohut. "Everyone must come, everyone. If there's anyone left because everyone's in the cast, but if there's anyone left in Wilmington you should come."
And when you do attend the show, be sure to bring some gently used coats or gloves you no longer need. Anyone who donates the items will be entered in a raffle to win two tickets to Thalian Association's production of Big River in February.