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This Saturday, in the drama room at Lake Trail School, TheatreWorks StoryTheatre students will present Pirates, Reindeer and Elves, Oh My!

TEENAGED THEATRE STUDENTS will present an original play Saturday at Lake Trail School.

TEENAGED THEATRE STUDENTS will present an original play Saturday at Lake Trail School.

This Saturday, in the drama room at Lake Trail School, TheatreWorks StoryTheatre students will present Pirates, Reindeer and Elves, Oh My!

Tickets are only $2 and a donation to the food bank with the performance starting at 1 p.m.

Everybody knows at least one Christmas story. “Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house…”

This year, however, TheatreWorks is putting a different spin on all things traditional with original play Pirates, Reindeer and Elves, Oh My! Directed by Kymme Patrick, this children’s play is more than your typical heart-warming Christmas tale.

Throughout Pirates, Reindeer and Elves, Oh My! which, though written for children will also be enjoyed by adults, the audience will visit a family preparing for Christmas, Santa’s workshop, a pirate ship, and many more settings. “It’s a wild ride that kids will love,” says Patrick.

The play was born as a project in Patrick’s StoryTheatre class and consequently the creation process, like the story, has been anything but traditional. The teenaged students have been practising their improvisation and storytelling skills from character development to recreating fairy tales.

“I didn’t want to just write the script,” says Patrick. “I wanted the students to be involved in all aspects of putting the play together  and so we gradually developed an outline through improv, which they expanded on by telling the story and giving the characters voices. It all ended up as a hilarious youth driven script that was much more fun than sitting at a computer!”

Pirates, Reindeer and Elves, Oh My! is a comedy and due to each student bringing her own sense of humour it’s an incredibly charming one.

“One girl had the idea of having overweight reindeer who have been sitting around all year,” says Patrick, “and another thought of very military penguins brought in to get them back into shape.”

Add those on top of pirates robbing Santa, elves with conflicting personalities and a child so spoiled she makes Dennis the Menace look like an angel, and you have a recipe for fun.

Pirates, Reindeer and Elves, Oh My! is suitable for children of all ages. Come ready for many laughs, lots of fun and the joy of Christmas.

For more information, contact theatreworks@shaw.ca or 250-792-2031.

— TheatreWorks StoryTheatre