Much to the delight of children young and old, Bigfoot returns to the stage at Coffeyville Community College during the theatre department’s presentation of “Santa ‘Claws’ is Coming to Town,” an original children’s play by Allen Twitchell, theatre instructor, written for performance in conjunction with Raven Holiday (Friday) Nov. 20.
Performances of the 30-minute play (directed by Twitchell with assistance from Christopher Langsford, vocal music instructor) are at 6 and 8 p.m. There is no charge for admission.
“The play is a sequel to last year’s ‘A Very Hairy Christmas,’ in which Bigfoot learned the meaning of Christmas,” Twitchell said. “This time around, Bigfoot is enlisted by his young friends to help save Christmas from the dreaded Doctor Virus. Of course, there is a chase scene, a couple of slow-witted henchmen, a few holiday songs, and a treat for everyone at the end.”
The cast features Rachel Giacin, a freshman from Ottawa, as Bigfoot; Ricky Joe Pugh, a sophomore from Coffeyville, as Ben; Shelby Fausnaught, a freshman from Parsons, as Grace; Alexx Parsons, a freshman from Wellington, as Jordan; Amy King, a sophomore from Delaware, Okla., as the Newscaster; Rocky Read, a graduate from Altamont, as Doctor Virus; Nick Schnoor, a sophomore from Coffeyville, as Thug 1; Aaron McCoach, a freshman from Edna, as Thug 2; Allie Griner, a sophomore from Nowata, Okla., as Mrs. Claus; and a guest appearance by Santa Claus himself.
Kristi Reedy Long is the accompanist. Also assisting with the production are students Amanda Anschutz (Topeka) and Ashton Janssen (Girard), and Coffeyville resident Richard Hallett with set construction.