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Published: Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013 11:48 a.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013 12:04 p.m. CDT
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Newton Senior High School students Bauston Van Sickle and Grace Kingery act out a scene from "The First Thanksgiving According to Dwayne."
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NHS students Kate Wyre and Leah Hunter perform as elves in "The Little Town of Christmas." The NHS fall plays will be presented at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the NHS Center for Performance.

The Newton Senior High School Drama Department is getting everyone in the holiday spirit with a double feature fall production of “The First Thanksgiving According to Dwayne” and “The Little Town of Christmas.”

Both plays are by Pat Cook. The showings are scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, with “The First Thanksgiving According to Dwayne” showing first.

Show Synopsis: ‘The First Thanksgiving According to Dwayne’

“Four score and seven years ago, Christopher Columbus drove his Plymouth on a rock.” This is just one of the tidbits of American history according to Dwayne. When asked in class to explain how America celebrated its first Thanksgiving, Dwayne launches into the most lopsided account imaginable. He talks his family into hosting the event, and other guests arrive, bringing such delicacies as popcorn, cranberry sauce, yams and tobacco. Appearances are made by Betsy Ross, still working on the flag; Clara Barton, wondering what to do with her Red Cross flag; and Hester Prynne, sporting her large “A” on her blouse, along with her sister, Dandeline, who has an “A+” on hers. When space aliens show up, the teacher knows this has gone on too long. However, she asked for it. And she got it: “The First Thanksgiving According To Dwayne.”

Show Synopsis: ‘The Little Town of Christmas’

Everybody in the little town of Christmas is friendly and funny and you’ll meet them all, including Skeezix and Sylvester, an elf comedy team that is short in stature and long in laughter; Dancer, the reindeer with a whacky sense of humor; Mrs. Claus, the real boss of the outfit; and a hilarious street corner Santa, tested and almost bested by one tough little kid with a sticky sucker. Also included are old favorite stories such as “’Twas the Night Before Christmas” and “A Christmas Carol,” updated and aimed right for the funny bone. Throw in a wandering group of carolers who cough and sneeze on cue, three kids trying their best to be wise men in the Christmas play, and a riotous lecture on Christmas etiquette, and you’re in for an evening of holiday laughter and warmth.

Tickets are $5. The plays are directed by Melinda Worthington. Following the show, the NHS Drama Department will have Santa Claus on hand for pictures for a goodwill donation that benefits the drama department.

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