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‘Christmas Chaos’ at the Calumet Theatre

December 8, 2011
By STACEY KUKKONEN - DMG writer ( , The Daily Mining Gazette

CALUMET - It's about to get chaotic at the Calumet Theatre.

The Calumet High School senior class presents "A Christmas Chaos" at 7 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday at the Calumet Theatre.

The show is about a group of people trying to put on a Christmas production but things go terribly wrong.

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Stacey Kukkonen/Daily Mining Gazette
Two students playing Tiny Tims act on stage during rehearsal for the Calumet High School senior class play “A Christmas Chaos” The play will be at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday at the Calumet Theatre. Tickets can be purchased at the door.

"It's pretty much a Christmas play gone bad," said Gunseli Onder, who plays multiple characters.

In the play within a play, the cast was to be visited by a Shakespeare company to help put on "A Christmas Carol." In the play, the cast has one day to put on their own interpretation of "A Christmas Carol," complete with costume changes, one character playing a mother and a father at the same time and two dueling Tiny Tims.

"It's a funny show," said Tia Swanson, who is stage manager in the play.

"There's a lot of ad-lib," said Matt Riutta, who plays the director. "It's very interesting and funny."

Swanson's role is to try to keep everything under control, even though everything is very chaotic. Onder first plays young Ebenezer Scrooge before transitioning into a young boy and a wife.

"I confuse my costume," she said, which adds to the chaos.

Riutta gets to sit on stage in the directors chair, watching the chaos unfold.

"It's real fun," he said.

The play proved to be a good choice for the traditional senior class play, picked by directors David and Heather Heinz.

"It's cool to do something your senior year like this," Swanson said.

Riutta said he was impressed with the turnout.

"There's not that many people in Drama Club who are seniors but there's a lot of people participating in this," he said.

The play includes the stage cast and stage crew, making up a large portion of the class.

Tickets can be purchased at the door.



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