Students holidazed by Winter One Acts

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By Maddie Baker

Rehearsing for their winter debut, David Gerrard, 12, Abigail Truman, 9, and Kim Logan, 10, begin the opening scene of the Theater I Winter One Act. Photo by Ryann Heinlen
Rehearsing for their winter debut, David Gerrard, 12, Abigail Truman, 9, and Kim Logan, 10, begin the opening scene of the Theater I Winter One Act. Photo by Ryann Heinlen

During English and history class periods on Dec. 16, students have the option to see the annual Winter One Acts performed by the theater department. Each period will see a different play depending on the vaious theater levels of each class.

“I am truly looking forward to Winter One Acts because it is always fun to see the theater students doing awesome Christmas performances. Everyone has been really involved with their plays, and you can tell they’re passionate about the whole process,” Tysen Looney, senior, said.

To prepare for the performances, theater students have been rehearsing everyday since the start of the second quarter. Dress rehearsals started Friday, Dec. 11, allowing students to further get into character and make them more excited for their last performances of 2015.

“Connecting to the characters and their personalities makes the plays enjoyable. The scripts for the Winter One Acts are hilarious and have great storylines,” Nicole Brnilovich, sophomore, said.

The plays will be based off endearing Christmas stories. Theater I classes will perform The One and Only Santa Clause about TV show hosts trying to track down Santa and The Santa Clause Chronicles about a press conference in the North Pole days before Christmas. The Theater II’s will perform Billy Shakespeare’s Christmas Extravaganza and Travelling Freak Show, a collection of four Christmas-themed short comedies in which elves go on strike, Santa turns “gangsta,” a shameless huckster attempts to sell the holiday, and two Texas girls try to get their first white Christmas by fighting global warming. The Theater III class will perform Santa Man where Santa learns Kung Fu to fight timeless Christmas villains, and the Theater IV’s will perform Santa-Napped in which Santa is taken by the CIA for violating the no-fly-zone over American airspace.

“I think students will enjoy the One Acts because each one features absurd humor and a great story,” Looney said.