Stu­dents pre­sent­ing Christ­mas com­edy

■ The theater de­part­ment will be among the first in the U.S. to pro­duce the new play.

Siloam Springs Herald Leader - - FRONT PAGE - By Janelle Jessen Staff Writer jjessen@nwadg.com ■

Siloam Springs High School theater stu­dents will be among the first to per­form “The Hallmark Chan­nel Christ­mas Won­derthon!” by play­wright Don Zo­lidis.

Stu­dents will be giv­ing per­for­mances of the play in the high school theater at 7 p.m. on Satur­day, Nov. 10, Fri­day, Nov. 16, and Satur­day, Nov. 17; as well as at 2:30 p.m. on Sun­day, Nov. 18.

The play de­scrip­tion calls it a “rau­cous, yet sweet com­edy,” that com­bines six Hallmark Chan­nel Christ­mas movies and per­forms them with “sleighs­full of cheer, fake snow and au­di­ence par­tic­i­pa­tion.”

“Ba­si­cally the play is a lot of the Hallmark Christ­mas Spe­cials mashed to­gether into one, it’s a lot of fun,” said stu­dent di­rec­tor Lind­sey McFall. “It’s also an au­di­ence

par­tic­i­pa­tion play so we en­cour­age them to join in on the laughs.”

The cast of 27 and tech crew of 30 has been work­ing to­gether on the pro­duc­tion since Septem­ber, she said.

The school per­formed an­other of Zo­lidis’ plays, “The Brother’s Grimm Spec­tac­u­lathon,” last spring, ac­cord­ing to theater teacher Dana Mc­Cutcheon. The au­thor reached out to schools that had per­formed his plays in the past and asked if they would like to per­form his yet to be pub­lished “The

Hallmark Chan­nel Christ­mas Won­derthon!”

“He emailed it di­rectly to peo­ple who have done his shows be­fore for us to read it and we jumped on it,” she said. “We will be among the first groups in the U.S. to per­form the show.”

Zo­lidis is a play­wright, nov­el­ist and for­mer mid­dle and high school teacher, ac­cord­ing to the bi­og­ra­phy on his web­site, don­zo­lidis. com. As of March 2017, he had pub­lished 97 plays which have been pro­duced more than 10,500 times in 61 coun­tries, it states.

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School’s In­ter­na­tional Th­es­pian So­ci­ety Troupe 7982, which in­cludes most theater stu­dents, is do­ing a canned food drive as part of the pro­duc­tion and will be do­nat­ing the food they col­lect to Hunger and Thirst Min­istry. Any­one who brings a canned food item to any pub­lic per­for­mance will get $1 off the price of ad­mis­sion.

Tick­ets are sold at the door and ad­mis­sion prices are $10 for adults, $7 for stu­dents and free for chil­dren un­der 5.

Janelle Jessen/Siloam Sun­day

Siloam Springs High School stu­dents prac­ticed for their up­com­ing pro­duc­tion of the “Hallmark Chan­nel Christ­mas Won­derthon!” by Don Zo­lidis. Pic­tured, from left, are stu­dents Olivia Allen, Drew Smith, Bella Jeppsen, Ian Hilder­brand, Jake Gill, Amoni West and Reece Ed­wards.

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