"When big-shot Broadway director Vera Parks (Melissa Gilbert) gets fired from yet another job, she must subject herself to directing a small-town Christmas pageant. But culture-shocked Vera is stunned by the production’s simplicity and tries to back out of the deal. She is again outraged when she learns her ex-fiancé Jack (Robert Mailhouse) had the audacity to recommend her for the job. Still, there’s just something—or someone—that won’t allow Vera to leave. Enchanted by the charms of community, Vera comes to discover a new love in her work and an old love in Jack. Will the diva director drop her defenses long enough to let love in?"
Here is the trailer from last year's Hallmark Channel premiere:
After seeing this movie on the Hallmark Channel last year, I couldn't wait for it to arrive on DVD, so that I can could watch again this holiday season. I don't know about you, but I just love the weeks leading up to Christmas, as there are so many wonderful family-friendly movies on television for you to watch. I find that by the time Christmas rolls around, I have recorded half a dozen movies to watch again.
In "The Christmas Pageant," Melissa Gilbert plays Vera Parks, who plays an up-tight Broadways director, who ends up getting fired from her job, for her lack of people skills. Looking for work, she finds herself travelling to upstate New York to direct a local Nativity pageant. Her style and ideas for revamping this pageant are not welcome by the locals, as they begin to butt heads. But, as the movie progresses, they learn to work together, compromise and eventually come together in the spirit of the holidays.
Now, it wouldn't be a Hallmark Channel movie without romance,right? Well, when Vera Parks travels to this small town, she is reunited with her ex-fiance, Jack, played by Robert Mailhouse. Will they reconnect and get back together and live happily ever after? I am not going to spoil it for you. You will just have to pick up a copy of this movie to find out. :-)
Overall, this is a heartwarming holiday film that will teach the importance of differences and how communities can come together for the common good, as well as about second chances. This movie will be a great addition to your family's annual holiday films, as it will with mine.
Disclosure: I was sent a copy of this movie from the vendor in order to write up an honest review. The views above are mine and mine alone.