CHEBOYGAN – The Cheboygan High School Drama Club will be presenting three performances of “A Christmas Chaos” at the Cheboygan High School auditorium this weekend.
The show, directed by drama teacher Dave Heinz, is a comedy about a small theater company trying to put together a performance of “A Christmas Carol” in just hours after the Royal Shakespeare Company canceled their performance at the last minute.
“The Royal Shakespeare Company is supposed to be on the way,” Heinz said. “First, they go to the wrong Cheboygan and end up in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. Then a snowstorm directs them to Chicago and they get stuck there.”
Heinz said that once the theater troupe gets to where they can finally perform, chaos begins, where the troupe tries to set the stage and no one really knows what’s going on. So the actors explain to the public what they have to do and that they have put on the show. The “director” and the “screenwriter” also address the audience and the show will begin.
“And, obviously, everything is bad, as much as possible,” said Heinz. “During intermission, someone is passed out because there’s blood behind the scenes. So the person who’s supposed to be Bob Cratchit is off duty, so in a second here, when she comes out, it’ll be half. Bob Cratchit, half Mrs. Cratchit, and she’s going to be going back and forth and playing both roles. “
More mayhem ensues when there are two Tiny Tims who are told they can play the part in the performance, as well as actor “Brynn” – played by Morgan Davis – who takes cold medicine. and have no idea what the Royal Shakespeare Company is showing while they’re in Chicago. She therefore makes several appearances on stage in different costumes, including a pirate, Hamlet, Anne of Green Gables, Huckleberry Finn and Dracula.
“At the end of the day she really got it and she’s coming out as Ebenezer Scrooge,” Heinz said. “That’s the gist of the show. It’s supposed to be a chaotic experience, but they really tell the whole story. The whole story is really there, the message is still getting actually.”
Heinz said that anyone who has seen a version of “A Christmas Carol” will be able to understand the references and everything else in the play. However, there will be a bit of a twist to that, and there will be a lot of different references to things in Cheboygan Town.
“It’s fun to add that personal aspect to it,” said Heinz. “I think the community will really like this part because it makes it a lot of fun.”
The theater club will present a show for eighth graders as a final dress rehearsal on Friday afternoon, before the show on Friday evening.
There are three different shows of “A Christmas Chaos”, at 7:00 pm on Friday December 17th and Saturday December 18th, and at 2:00 pm on Sunday December 20th.
This is the first in-person performance of the Cheboygan Drama Club since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic and the students are delighted to be able to perform in front of a live audience.
Tickets for the show are $ 5 for students at Cheboygan area schools and $ 7 for all adults. These tickets can be purchased at the door, before the shows.
Many of the costumes and some props used in the production were loaned to the Drama Club by The Northland Players. The students performing in the play also brought some of the props, to help make the Christmas chaos claimed by the title even more.
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