Highland Drama Club Winter Production Is Friday.

The Highland Schools Drama Club’s winter presentation happens this weekend, and I spoke with some of the participants. First up, giving us the lowdown is:

“Eleanor White. Highland Drama Club presents “Ho Ho Ho – The Santa Claus Chronicles” by Pat Cook, produced by special arrangement with Pioneer Drama Service Denver, Colorado. It will be on December 8th at 7:00 pm in the Highland Public Schools Cafeteria.”

“So this play is about, it’s basically a TV show, and we’ll be going behind the scenes into the North Pole. And it will be an array of, like, different things, like the North Pole hotline with a drill sergeant. I’m the host so I’ll be leading everything and introducing everything of the TV show.”


“Anna Chambers. I play the role of Matilda, a British shopper, and I’m also kind of a little bit all over the place. I made the poster for outside. I do a lot of the costuming and I’ve worked a lot on the set.”

Anna told me shot got her part partially because she could do a British accent, so I asked for a demonstration.

“Hello all! I’d like to invite you to our Highland Drama Club “Ho Ho Ho – The Santa Claus Chronicles” by Pat Cook.”

The next person I spoke with is a stalwart of the drama club plays.

“Meckenzie Lambert. I’m playing as a reporter named Gladys Snowing, and an elf hotline operator named Fiona.”

The appeal of one of her parts is it has a lengthy monologue, and I asked if that was daunting to her.

“My monologue is five paragraphs, give or take, and I will be on stage doing that, basically by myself. I’m not that daunted by it, because I did the role of Snow Child last time and that was a lot on me to do, but I’m prepared to do this one, because it’s way less than the other parts I’ve done.”


Charlotte Richardson. I get to play Santa’s press secretary.”

This role felt close to Charlotte’s heart…

“Because I get to yell at people. The reporters, they’re interviewing me. They keep interrupting each other and answering dumb things. So eventually I get more irritated as it goes on. So I get to yell at them.”


“Aletheia Robertson – I play Mrs. Claus and I play one of the elves, Meanie.”

Aletheia and I share a disdain of Christmas, so I asked if doing a part in a Christmas play was a stretch for her.

“Not really, because I’m a pretty good actress – I can cry on command, so I would say I’m pretty good.”

Also…”Mrs. Claus gets to be like, young Mrs. Claus, sassy and stuff, and that role fits me sooooooo…”

A first time actress and her part is:

Marley Hindman – an elf named Miney.”

When I asked what made her want to be in the play…

“First of all, I’ve seen, like, plays here and I think they’re pretty fun. And then second of all, when there’s elves I’m like, I’m short, I’m tiny. I must be an elf… I gotta be an elf.”

The first actor I spoke with:

“James Mason. I am playing Einie the elf and the fourth reporter. I wanted to take more than one role, but which meant I had to get two that didn’t have very many lines. So I picked two that had a decent amount of lines but not too many.”


“Savannah Cabral. I first play reporter three, then Sarge, then Flo.”

She faces some special offstage challenges.

“I have four costume changes. I have to go from a dress to pants and a long sleeve shirt, to back to a dress, to back to a long sleeve shirt and pants. So this is going to be very interesting.”

The last participant I spoke with was a member of the production crew.

“Ashlyn Minnigh. I’m gonna help with, like, costume changes and I did the reindeer on the backgrounds and stuff.”

She spoke about why she chose this behind the scenes role.

“I like doing art. I am a artist, so I wanted to help doing backgrounds. And I like acting, but I also have stage fright, and this is my first play, so I didn’t want to, like, jump in.”

I can definitely relate.

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Scott Smith

Scott Smith is the General Manager for Allegheny Mountain Radio and Station Coordinator and News Reporter for WVLS. Scott’s family has deep roots in Highland County. While he did not grow up here, he spent as much time as possible on the family farm, and eventually moved to Highland to continue the tradition, which he still pursues with his cousin. Unfortunately, farming doesn’t pay all the bills, so he has previously taken other jobs to support his farming hobby, including pressman/writer for The Recorder, and Ag Projects Coordinator for The Highland Center. He lives in Hightown with wife Michelle and son Ethan. In his spare time, he wishes he had more spare time, especially to ride his prized Harley-Davidson motorcycle. scott@amrmail.org

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