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A new original Christmas play written by South Kamloops secondary students — featuring a COVID-19-denying Santa Claus — will make its virtual debut this week,
After the foolish old elf comes down with the bug himself, only girl power can save Christmas Eve as his replacement takes on Saint Nick’s usual Christmas duties.
That’s what students came up with for this year’s Christmas play — something that almost didn’t happen due to pandemic-related class schedule changes that ended the drama class’ term in November.
Drama teacher Amy Fonseca said the Christmas play is usually part of the class, but the term system in use means that class ended just after Remembrance Day.
That’s also when the students began the process of writing and producing the play with Fonseca, on their own time.
“It’s actually been entirely extracurricular. They’ve come in on lunch hours, rehearsing after school,” Fronseca said, noting all COVID-19 protocols have been followed along the way, leading to a lot of extra cleaning, as well.
The play will be staged with 21 actors, helped by a few student crew members, a director’s assistant, a stage manager and Fonseca herself.
The pandemic-themed Christmas play, called Santanova: A COVID Santa Christmas, will make its debut on YouTube as a live-streamed event on Friday, Dec. 18, at 10:30 a.m.
Its recorded version will stay online until the new year.
Fonseca said she has a “really good group of kids” that has made the play’s creation easier.
Not only are her students at school and ready to be creative, they’re also doing extra handwashing, wearing masks and even helping her clean.
She said the kids wanted to poke fun at COVID-19 due to how intense things were when they began writing — just a few weeks after B.C.’s case count began a swift upward trend.
“I think my students just wanted to open it up and hopefully spread some cheer, as well,” Fonseca said.