Franklin’s Our Town Players presents its newest production this month — an early celebration of the holidays with Christmas in July.

The group will present “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” starting next week at the Franklin Active Adult Center, 160 E. Adams St.

Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. July 28 and 29, 2 p.m. July 30, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 4 to 5 and 2 p.m. Aug. 6.

The new show features a cast of over 28 adult, teen and youth actors and actresses. The comedy is adapted from the best-selling modern classic young adult book by Barbara Robinson.

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The story follows a couple struggling to put on a church Christmas pageant faced with casting the Herdman kids — known for their awful behavior. Mayhem and fun ensue when the Herdmans collide with the Christmas story head-on.

Our Town Players was formed in 1995 as a community theater program sponsored by Franklin Parks & Rec. The group was founded by the trio of Sharon Hood, Lynne Schuetz and Sandy Goottee.