Hats off to the First Flight High School Drama Club for their after school performance, 200 Years Late, an original Christmas play by students JJ Tyson and Jessie Runnells. Performed for an Outer Banks after school crowd of maybe 100 elementary school children, the play hit all the right notes of humor and message.
It seems Mrs. Claus (played to perfection by Rachel Zuhars) and the elves have forgotten SantaâåÛåªs birthday . . . for the past 200 years. Of course, his birthday falls on December 25 and even Santa has a hard time remembering it.
Nonetheless, everyone is consumed by guilt and Mrs. Claus and the elves set out on a quest to gather all the major and minor holidays together for a surprise party. ThereâåÛåªs the Easter Bunny, St. Patrick, George Washington, FatherâåÛåªs Day and SecretaryâåÛåªs Day.
Their transportation is a 1964 mechanized sleigh that Santa rejected. It seems fuel for the engine comes from Christmas carols–obnoxious Christmas carols. And so they begin their journey singing âåÛåÏI Saw Mommy Kissing Santa ClausâåÛå . . . a song Mrs. Claus takes particular umbrage to.
They gather everyone together, including a very pregnant secretary named Mary and her husband, Joe–both of whom are very confused by the whole thing. They return singing âåÛåÏGrandma Got Run Over by a ReindeerâåÛå, surprise Santa, Mary gives birth to her son in the reindeer stables and the cast sings âåÛåÏWe Wish You a Merry ChristmasâåÛå to end the show.
The show was certainly designed for kids, but there were some nice little touches for the adults–obnoxious Christmas songs moving the sleigh got a smile, and kidnapping a couple for SecretaryâåÛåªs Day was inspired.