What happens when you put the most unruly kids in town into the Christmas Pageant directed by someone who has never directed a pageant before. You get pure chaos followed by pure unforgettable magic. The Best Christmas Pageant Ever is the story of the six delinquent Herdman children and how they took over the Sunday School Christmas Pageant. This made for TV movie is based on Barbara Robinson’s 1971 book. The 1983 television movie starred Loretta Swit, Jackson Davies, Anthony Holland, David Alexander, and Fairuza Balk, directed by George Schaefer and composed by John Elialde.