BELFAST — Belfast Maskers’ production of “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” by Barbara Robinson opens Friday, Dec. 2, at Basil Burwell Community Theater, 17 Court St.

In this hilarious holiday classic, a couple struggling to put on a church Christmas pageant is faced with casting the Herdman kids — “the worst kids in the history of the world.” Mayhem and fun abound when the Herdmans collide with the Christmas story head on. The cast is filled with a blend of perennial Maskers’ favorites and a stellar batch of newcomers.

Shows are 7 p.m. Fridays, Dec. 2 and 9, and Saturdays, Dec. 3 and 10; Sunday matinees are 2 p.m. Dec. 4 and 11. Tickets are available now at or (if not sold out) in the lobby of the theater a half hour before each performance. General admission tickets are $18, with a $3 discount for students and seniors. The first Friday, Dec. 2, show has a special Preview Night price of just $10 for all ages. A discount of 15% applies to orders of six or more tickets placed on the web site.