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McPherson College Theatre Presents “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever”

McPherson College Theatre will welcome all USD418 elementary schools to campus when it presents “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever,” Nov. 15-18 in Brown Auditorium. However, the public will have an opportunity to enjoy this unique production on November 11, 12, and 13 at 7:30 p.m. in Mingenback Theatre.

When it’s time for the school Nativity play, the messiest kids decide to participate in what becomes the most memorable school play ever. This unique retelling of the Nativity features multimedia and puppetry mixed with live performing and audience participation. McPherson College first produced the play 30 years ago and it remains a holiday favorite for all ages. This is the 17th year that McPherson College has collaborated with USD418 to provide a live theatrical experience for elementary students.

“The last time we produced a piece for USD418, it was a brand new theatre piece, and it was our last event before the disruption caused by the pandemic,” Jd Bowman, professor of theatre, said. “Now, we are looking forward to offering this tried and true, classic children’s book come to life. I am ready to share live theatre with our community once again.”

Cast members include Susanne Cunningham, Eli Jordan, Ellery McMurry, Sierra Portenier, Jean McKinney-Chance, Hannah Simmons, Cody Medlock, Sierra Grow, and Shannon Russell. The show is co-directed by Sarah Asher and Bowman.

The theatre is currently offering individual performance and season ticket options by emailing or calling 620-242-0444. For more information on the shows, dates, or to purchase tickets online, visit This performance does not offer dinner for season-ticket holders and masks will be required for this indoor performance.