The Cross Timbers Area Community Theatre is staging the beloved 1972 holiday classic "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever" Tuesday evening in Bluff Dale.

The seriocomedy is based upon Barbara Robinson's short novel about a passel of unruly, obnoxious Herdman kids, who go to church for the first time when they learn snacks are offered. Despite subjecting the church to their disorderly antics, they are given roles in the Sunday school Christmas play.

The story chronicles the bad behavior committed by the notoriously mischievous family of largely unsupervised rascals. But the fact the Herdmans actually have a heart prompts a change in church members' attitudes.

Tuesday's production is under the direction of Mica Parsons, theatre arts teachers at Stephenville ISD's Henderson Junior High School.

"For a drama teacher to take on even more work shows that her heart is truly in this," Cross Timbers Fine Arts Council Executive Director Julie Crouch said of Parson's dedication to promoting community theatre in the area.

The play presented through a dinner theatre production that begins at 6 p.m at The N at Hard Way Ranch, located at 20194 N. Highway 377 in Bluff Dale.

Tickets are $10 for children 12 and under and $25 for adults and include the meal.

Donnie Bryant is a staff writer for the Stephenville Empire-Tribune, sister publication of the Glen Rose Reporter.