Family-friendly Christmas comedy opens at Farmington Players - "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever"

Christmas show at Farmington Players: Sat Matinees
Posted at 1:43 PM, Dec 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-02 06:07:25-05

The Farmington Players will ring in the holidays this season with the family-friendly comedy The Best Christmas Pageant Ever running December 2-18. It's a family-friendly play with Saturday and Sunday matinees. Tickets are available now at or by calling 248-553-2955.

The Players say it's a hilarious play is based on a best-selling classic book written by Barbara Robinson.  It’s the tale of mom Grace Bradley who struggles to put on a church Christmas pageant when the usual director is sidelined by a broken leg. Grace is faced with casting the mischievous Herdman kids – known as the “most inventive and awful” children in town. 


The Herdman children begin attending Sunday school when they mistakenly believe the church offers snacks after classes. Despite protests from church members, the Herdmans land roles in the annual Christmas play, retelling the traditional tale of the Nativity, with a touch of chaos that leads to lots of laughter.


Director Terie Spencer of Commerce Township says, “Audiences can expect to see a story of folks who have their comfortable world turned upside down. They rediscover wonder, passion and love.”  While the show features 8 adult actors, the real stars include 20 children from various communities in the Detroit area.  One of them is the narrator Beth Bradley played by Hannah Weinraub of Farmington Hills. She relates her memories as she moves in and out of the action.


Spencer enjoys the show so much she’s directing it for a second time, and she’s delighted her cast includes a “melting pot” of actors from all backgrounds and faiths. “I hope audiences will see the connection we all have as people regardless of religious belief… it's been a wonderful experience finding common ground as we prepare to present this charming story,” says Spencer.

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever serves as a delightful gift for families during the holidays, using humor to share the heartwarming message of the magic and true meaning of Christmas.

Reserved seats for The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, sponsored by The Life Chest are available now at or by calling the box office at 248-553-2955.


Friday, December       2       -8pm

Saturday, December    3       -2pm

Saturday, December   3       -8pm

Sunday, December       4       -2pm

Friday,     December   9        -8pm

Saturday, December   10       -2pm

Saturday, December   10       -8pm

Sunday ,  December    11       -2pm


Friday,    December    16      -8pm

Saturday, December   17      -2pm

Saturday, December   17      -8pm

Sunday,   December    18     -2pm


Reserved Seats are available at both and the box office at 248-553-2955.   You can also send an email to

•   Adults: $16

•   Students: $14

•   New Senior Pricing: $14 -  ($2 off any performance and Seniors Must be 62+).

•   Group Discount:  ($2 off adult price on any show with a group of ten or more people.)


The Farmington Players Barn is located at 32332 W. 12 Mile Road, Farmington Hills Michigan 48334. It’s the big white barn on the north side of 12 mile between Orchard Lake and Farmington Rd.



Mother (Grace) – Suzi Collins-Duprey Madison Heights

Father (Bob) – Michael Rea Livonia

Reverend Hopkins – Drex Morton Canton
Mrs. Armstrong – Diane Cancro Berkley

Mrs. McCarthy – Ellen Doman West Bloomfield

Mrs. Slocum- Cleaster Snerling Detroit

Mrs. Clark- Jan Jacobs Farmington Hills

Mrs. Clausing –Jeanne Steuer West Bloomfield



Beth Bradley - Hannah Weinraub Farmington Hills

Charlie Bradley - Forrest Gabel Walled Lake

Ralph Herdman- Ben Rakolta Farmington Hills

Imogene Herdman – Saskia Koenig Livonia

Leroy Herdman – Michael Soverinsky Farmington Hills

Claude Herdman- Nathan Rakolta Farmington Hills

Ollie Herdman– Ryley Harker West Bloomfield

Gladys Herdman – Jasmine Pereira-Allen Farmington Hills

Alice Wendleken – Maryanna Lauter Farmington Hills

Maxine – Grace Cancro Berkley

Doris – Madilyn LaJoice Farmington Hills

Roberta – Reagan Marinucci Farmington Hills

Janet- Sydney Harker West Bloomfield

Elmer- Allen Karas West Bloomfield

David- Max Weinraub Farmington Hills

Hobie – Samuel Bushre Bloomfield Hills
Shirley –Natalie Welday Farmington Hills

Tracy- Charlotte Rea Livonia

Beverly – Erin Creagh-Chase Farmington Hills

Juanita – Ally Bushre Bloomfield Hills


Director – Terie Spencer  Commerce Twp.

Assistant Director – Jim Snideman  Commerce Twp.

Producer – Jim Kelly  Farmington Hills

Producer – Val Knol  Farmington