Thursday, December 7, the ACHS Theatre Department presents "A Bit of Classic, A Bit of Contemporary: a Dessert Theatre Event." The night features two one-act plays--each with a Christmas theme--with a time to mingle and dine on desserts between each play. The performances will give the audience a slice of two different dramatic stylings, each representing an era different from the other. Although characteristics are noticeably different in premise, tone, pace, age, and approach, we as an audience seek to find out a bit about our own abilities to process humor and emotion regardless of each period which brought about distinctly different comical slants. Admission to the event is free to everyone. The show begins at 6:30pm and will take place in the Adair County High School cafeteria. Doors will open at 6:00pm.
We begin with a contemporary take on the style of the modern Disney teen drama sitcoms that have achieved great success through the years. The script borrows from the Girl Meets World dramatic universe and features teens in a modern setting tackling issues that match a more modern version of what Christmas resembles these days.
Following that first play, the ACHS Theatre Department and gracious volunteers will present time to mingle and offer various pastries, cupcakes, pies, and desserts for the audience to enjoy. The setting is intended to be comfortable and relaxed, as we appreciate time to gather and fellowship between enjoyable family-friendly performances from students from Adair County schools.
Finally, we gather back to our seats for a throwback to the days of 1930s, 40s, and 50s style radio and early television humor. Though still stylistically resembling a time gone by, the action adapted for stage still works in a modern setting as the ACHS performers find enjoyment in exploring an interaction with audiences that has otherwise been moved to America's entertainment archives.
GIRL MEETS WORLD: A Very Maya Christmas
Christmas usually conjures up feelings of happiness and joy. But in this small corner of the world, Maya isn't as amped up for Christmas. Her mother has not always been a capable source of gift-giving like other kids Maya's age have experienced. Her life without the ideal family like other friends seem to have made Maya a bit of a "scrooge" this holiday season. Never fear, however, for her polar opposite best friend Riley cannot contain her joy for the Christmas season and is ready to spill some of that Christmas cheer over to Maya. Needless to say, Riley's vision of Christmas differs greatly from the sarcastic approach of her friend. Along with friends and family of Riley and Maya, we explore how experience can influence a person, but it's what we do with that experience that has much to do with what actual outcomes await.
Christmas means family. Christmas means friends. Christmas means you still have to buy for all of those people. Based on the radio plays of the 1930s and 40s, along with early television variety shows of the 1950s affiliated with Jack Benny, take a stroll through the department store with Jack, a well-to-do businessman with slightly vain, slightly cheap tendencies, yet altogether not always sure of himself when completing his tasks. Jack must go through his list of employees, friends, and family members to complete the yearly Christmas gifts he offers at work as a sign of his generosity for his staff's hard work. Accompanied by Rhoda, his assistant, what is intended to be a shopping day to bring Christmas cheer gradually unravels to reveal a season not just about gift-giving, but a season in which people have to work extra hard to make that gift-giving happen the way we all want it to go, maybe even mentally unraveling in the process.