Frank Miyashiro, a sophomore who will play Santa Claus for the play
portion of the show, says the weekend audience might make the Drama Lab
Studio resemble something out of an open-air theater from Shakespeare's
Whatever brew this holiday mix makes, the cast agrees it's always fun
to perform for kids.
"The feeling of doing it for kids gives it a different feel," said
Teter, 20. "We're allowed to be cheesier and we're having a really good
Produced by OCC's Repertory Theatre Company and directed by professor
Rick Golson, "Christmas is for Kids" will feature carolers, vaudeville
acts, an interactive joke contest with children in the audience, a Santa
appearance for kids to climb up on stage and sit on his lap and a play
titled "Twas the Night Before Columbus Day . . . I Mean, Christmas."
"It's to get [the audience] in a good holiday spirit, to have fun,"
said cast member Jeannie Morem.
As Morem took a few minutes to comment during rehearsal this week, she
seemed oblivious to the pantyhose on her head.
Dressed in a thick white nightgown, bunchy socks and pantyhose in
place of a nightcap, Morem said her costume is one example of how "Twas
the Night" is a story of everything gone wrong.
A nerdy-looking narrator tries to recite the famous poem, but messes
up so much that children in the audience are called on to prompt him. The
cast illustrating the story behind him refuses to cooperate as Santa
proves incompetent and Sugar Plum fairies cause mayhem.
Some of the cast members, like Morem, who plays the mother of the
household, can't find parts of their costume and opt for desperate
"It's a fun opportunity to come and just laugh," she said. "It's for
kids, but there are jokes for all different generations."
As mixed and deliberately frenzied as it is, Miyashiro said "Christmas
is For Kids" contains a "method to the madness."
"It's a place [where kids] can still be kids for a while and when
you're helping other people laugh, it lifts your spirits too," he said.
WHAT: "Christmas is for Kids"
WHEN: 2 and 4 p.m. today
WHERE: Orange Coast College's Drama Lab Studio, 2701 Fairview Road, Costa Mesa
COST: $6 or $7
CALL: (714) 432-5640