Eighth grade teacher Brandy Woodall had the idea to start the club last year, and she found plenty of willing participants. It wasn’t long before the members decided that they wanted to write and perform a play. They worked on it for so long that two of the club’s original members, Robert Ingram and Brian Choate, are now in high school and no longer in the club.
Last Wednesday, the club’s long-term plans came to fruition when the members got to present their composition to third, fourth and fifth grade students from the intermediate school in the high school’s Little Theater. The students in the audience were visibly (not to mention audibly) excited at the prospect of watching students a few years older than they perform their comic opus. Meanwhile, the actors ran hectically around backstage changing into costume and making sure their small sets were in place.
“Holiday Wars” tells the story of a group of holidays becoming jealous of Christmas because of all the attention it gets. So they form a conspiracy, led by the evil genius Thanksgiving Turkey (Marisa Evans), to assassinate Santa Claus (Dillon Page) and revel in glory once he’s out of the picture.
Mrs. Claus (Danika Patel) and an elf (Allie Finley) hire a private detective (Cassie Whitt) to investigate. The detective goes on to interrogate several holidays. The only one reluctant to carry out the plan is Cupid (representing Valentine’s Day, of course), played by Sara Shelton. Luckily, Santa is merely rendered unconscious by Cupid’s poison arrow, and there is still time to save the day.
Other villains included Baby New Year (Summer Bush), and a Saint Patrick’s Day leprechaun (Angel Howard) and the Easter Bunny (Evans).
The performance saw a few minor missteps, but, as always, the show must go on. The cardboard sets hit the ground a few times. Unfortunately for the unsuspecting middle-schoolers, the high school receptionist, Helga Kash, made a series of announcements during one early scene. Unsure at first of how to deal with the setback, the actors trudged ahead, leaving the audience to fill in the gaps in dialogue.
The audience was clearly in the performers’ corner, though, and they were not disappointed. They laughed at all the right spots, such as when Santa is shot and when Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (Chris Allen) slides across the stage. A scene in which the detective is in hot pursuit of the Spirit of Halloween (Faythe Rea) and chases her through the audience was a huge crowd-pleaser, causing the children to go wild.
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