November 22, 2011
College Players, an OBU theatre organization, will usher in the holiday season with a Christmas production titled “A Ha, Ha Holiday Show: Santa’s Merry Mayhem.”
The premiere is Friday, Dec. 2, at 7:30 p.m. in Sarkey’s Black Box, located in the Sarkey’s Telecommunication Building on the OBU campus. A second performance will be presented in the Black Box Saturday, Dec. 3, at 1:30 p.m. The production is suitable for audiences of all ages.
Tickets go on sale for all performances Wednesday, Nov. 30. General admission is $3 for students and $5 for adults. Tickets will be sold in the downstairs Geiger Center from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1. Tickets will also be available at the door.
The comical production was written by Cylie Hall, a senior theatre major from Norman, Okla., and Haleigh Hamil, a senior elementary education major from Tulsa, Okla. Hall is also the director of the show.
The story revolves around Santa and Mrs. Claus after 50 years of marriage, finally able to spend Christmas day together. While the elves are delivering the toys, Santa engages the audience in several stories dedicated to Christmases he has spent away from her. Suddenly, things take a turn for the worse when the Grinch appears to steal Christmas.
The performers include: Sherrod Donnelly, a junior political science major from Arlington, Texas, as Santa Claus; Sarah Morris, a sophomore theatre major from Bedford, Texas, as Mrs. Claus; Justine Kirby, a junior interdisciplinary major from McCloud, Okla., as Holly; Cierra Cyphers, a sophomore business management major from Southlake, Texas, as Carol; Cylie Hall as Merry; Haleigh Hamil as Young Mrs. Claus; Sadie Barret, a junior theatre major from Greeley, Colo., as the Grinch; Tim Frymire, a sophomore business management major from Lava Hot Springs, Idaho, as Max; Darrien Oakley, a freshman early childhood education major from Sand Springs, Okla., as Dasher; Mikki Kendal, a freshman elementary education major from Midwest City, Okla., as Dancer; Emily Bane, a freshman theatre major from Cortez, Colo., as Prancer; Julie Studstill, a freshman theatre major from Arlington, Texas, as Cupid; Bethany McWilliams, a freshman nursing major from Shawnee, Okla., as Bob Marley; and Andy Copeland, a freshman philosophy major from Sand Springs, Okla., as Rudolf Urkel.
Mike Morris, a senior theatre major from Arlington, Texas, serves as stage manager, with assistance from Andy Copeland and lighting design assistance from Tim Frymire.