CHS plans Christmas plays this weekend
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Cleveland High School will be performing a series of Christmas shows directed by Nora Swindle called “Christmas with Betsy” on Friday and Sunday at Cleveland High School’s recently renovated Betsy Vines Memorial theater.

This performance is compiled of two different one-act plays: “Santa Napped” and “Yes Virginia, There is a Santa Claus,” with a various showcases from songs to color guard routines.

Cleveland High School’s Art Club will also be showcasing its art by the concession stand, and there will be a photo shoot with Santa Claus before the play.

“Santa Napped,” by Don Zolidis, is about CIA agents (played by Julia Goncalves and Brina Lovelace) taking Santa (played by Matthew Hicks) hostage on the grounds of flying in a “no fly zone over American airspace.”

It’s up to Mrs. Claus and a team of mentally unstable elves to spring into action and save Christmas in the midst of chaos.

Assistant director Forrest Fuller said, “This play truly embodies the true spirit of Christmas, filled with feelings of hope, love, and some good ol’ fashioned obliterations … much more so than the other play.” This play is fast-paced and entertaining, and appeals to the more amusing side of Christmas.”

“Yes Virginia, There is a Santa Claus,” by Jamie Gorski, is a heartwarming play inspired by the famous editorial “Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus.”

It follows a young newspaper editor, Francis (played by Matthew Witz), and an 8-year-old named Virginia (played by Ali Quinn) both struggling to find the spirit of Christmas in hard times.

This play is themed around “the true story of a little girl and her discovery of the true meaning of Christmas and what Santa really means,”

Assistant director Meredith Markiewicz explains, “It’s definitely family friendly and fun.”

Times are Friday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $5.

The art show and photos with Santa start an hour before show time.

There will a drawing for a few lucky kids to sit on Santa’s lap during the show.