Dalby State High are bringing Christmas to town
IS IT ever too early to celebrate Christmas?
That’s an argument Jane Hultgren and her class of drama students are putting to bed with their production of Rosie’s Christmas Adventure, to be performed this Sunday morning.
Mrs Hultgren, inspired by her two young children and her love of Christmas, wrote the play herself especially for her class of 18 ambitious drama students.
The play follows the story of five-year-old Rosie who wants to stay awake on Christmas Eve to meet Santa, so she passes the time by playing with her imaginary friends.
The show is targeted at young kids, but Mrs Hultgren hopes it’ll be enjoyed by everyone.
The play encourages interactivity from the kids through song and dance, but still has a few jokes for the adults.
“I’m hoping that three-year-olds and primary school kids will all be entertained by it,” Mrs Hultgren said.
“It’s just a fun, silly Christmas play.”
The play has been produced as a part of the school’s Apollo program, which invites students who excel in different subjects to participate in extra projects and opportunities.
“It’s just a really wonderful opportunity for those students who love and are passionate about drama and performing to have those experiences to perform on stage,” Mrs Hultgren said.
“Living in a rural community there’s not as many opportunities so it’s really good to be able to provide that opportunity for these students who just love it.”
The cast have been rehearsing every Wednesday after school since the beginning of term three to prepare for the play.
Not only is it an opportunity to bring Christmas to Dalby a little early, but it’s a way for the cast and crew to entertain a younger audience.
“Because I’m a mum of young kids, it’s also really rewarding for me to be able to bring theatre to my kids and to my friends’ kids and to the community’s kids so they get to have that experience here in our town,” she said.
Mrs Hultgren encourages mums with young kids to check out the play and enjoy a morning of entertainment with their kids.
“It will just be a joy-filled hour and it’ll be a great way to kick off the Christmas season,” she said.
The play is being shown on Sunday at 10am and goes for an hour, including intermission.
The students will also be providing baked goods during intermission for the audience.