Classic holiday story appeals to young audiences


Posted by Bob Evans




 The Christmas season gets off to an uproarious start with Theatre for Young America’s production of The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. The show runs from November 23rd through December 28th, 2019 at City Stage in Union Station Kansas City. Union Station is located at 30 W. Pershing Road in Kansas City, Missouri.

 The Herdman kids are a rough and tumble bunch who create mayhem wherever they go. A mom struggling to produce the church’s annual Christmas pageant is forced to cast the Herdman children, who have never even heard of the Christmas story. Their outrageous interpretations leave a lot of the church folk aghast. Yet remarkably, they help everyone else in town rediscover the true meaning of the Christmas story. The Seattle Times calls it One of the best Christmas stories ever – and certainly one of the funniest.” Adapted by Barbara Robinson from her book of the same name, this memorable tale has been a favorite of young readers since 1972 and is appropriate for all ages.

 The production is directed by Gene Mackey and stage-managed by Alexandra Pilley. The professional adult cast includes Victoria Barbee, L. Roi Hawkins, Eric Johansen, and Franci Talamantez-Witte. To make this production as authentic as possible and to fulfill TYA’s mission of providing arts education to young people, child actors will be featured in the children’s roles. Those roles will be double-cast. 

All performances take place on the City Stage, located on level B in Union Station. Union Station is located at 30 W. Pershing Road, Kansas City, MO.

Season, single, or group rate tickets may be reserved by calling Theatre for Young America at 816.460.2083. Group and single tickets may also be purchased from Union Station at 816.460.2020 or reserved online at  The single ticket price is $12.00.  Groups of 15 or more are $5.50 per person with a reservation. For information about our season or other programming visit our website at

 Theatre for Young America History:

Theatre for Young America

Theatre for Young America (TYA) began in 1974 at the Waldo Astoria Dinner Playhouse.

In 1977, the troupe became an independent organization and moved to Overland Park,

Kansas, where it performed for 17 years in a converted cinema theatre. During this time the

organization grew from 4 productions to 7 or 8 per season, added drama classes, summer

workshops and summer productions, and outreach workshops in schools. TYA operated in the Mission Center Mall from 1994 to 2003.


Today TYA performs on the City Stage at Union Station, the Wonderscope Children’s

Museum and Avila University. Since our beginning in 1974 we have worked to create each

child’s lifelong relationship with theatre. Our ultimate goal, then and now, is to encourage

the educational and emotional growth of young people through our arts-based experiences.

To reach this goal TYA has produced over 200 productions, including dozens of new

and commissioned plays, plus many of the most acclaimed plays for young audiences by

established playwrights. TYA has developed dozens of new plays and musical plays based on classic children’s literature, historical figures and current social issues, such as child sexual abuse, child care, and conflict resolution.

 Theatre for Young America is a professional theater company, which primarily employs local actors, many of whom are members of Actors Equity Association.

 Theatre for Young America, Inc., is a not-for-profit 501(c) (3) corporation.  Gifts are tax deductible.

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