Find your Christmas spirit at high school play

By Contributor
November 24th, 2011

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Discover your inner Christmas while enjoying an entertaining evening at the Grand Forks Secondary School drama department’s upcoming play, A Place Called Christmas, Dec. 3.

The one-hour play, written by playwright Whitney Ryan Garrity, takes you on a toy-sized adventure to find where Christmas is.   When the toymaker closes the door on his Holiday Toy Store on Christmas Eve he leaves behind four older toys and a freshly painted puppet named Woody. In an attempt to find Christmas, which the five toys believe to be a place, the toys are joined by two quarrelling elves and a flighty good fairy. After some funny misadventures the group realizes Christmas is not a destination, but “a place in your heart.”   With three hand-designed sets, beautiful costumes and a cast of enthusiastic grade nine, 10 and 11 actors, the play should be fun for the whole family.   “It’s hilarious,” said Jess Webb, who takes on two roles in the 15 cast member production – the Toymaker and Cora.   Besides offering up entertainment, the Grand Forks Secondary School drama department uses their productions to raise funds for the program and provide students with an opportunity to practice their acting skills.   Webb, a grade 10 student at Fred Walker Learning Centre, has been involved in the secondary school drama department since grade seven.   “I really like being on stage and having fun,” said Webb. “I’ve always had a good memory and have enjoyed drama since I was five.”   The show runs one day, Dec. 3, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the Grand Forks Secondary School Auditorium. Doors open 30 minutes before the show. Tickets are $5 each with the donation of a non-perishable food item and children under five are free. Tickets are available at the door. For more information please contact drama teacher, Kat Grootjes, at 250-442-8285.