PITTSBURG — Every year Pittsburg High School theater students put on a special Christmas show for children.

It is a free performance especially for young audiences, followed by breakfast and a visit from Santa. It is planned for 9 a.m. Saturday at Pittsburg High School.

This year’s presentation is called “Breakfast With Santa: A Very Martian Christmas” a mixed storyline of the classic “Night Before Christmas” with a sci-fi spin — a story of Martians who crash at the north pole.

The Martians are unfamiliar with manners of Earthlings and get into some trouble after sneaking and wreaking havoc in the workshop.

The script was written by PHS senior playwright Meghan Hess, her second year writing the script for the show.

PHS Theater Director Greg Shaw said Hess was wise in writing the script, while focusing on morals such as sharing, yet including jokes and references for the older audience to enjoy.

“There are some good lessons to be learned about fair play and not stealing,” Shaw said.

The show — organized by students — will be directed by PHS Senior Alexis Daniel who is assisted by junior Amanda Bourbina and sophomore McKenna Shaw, all of whom are seasoned performers. Students write the script, run rehearsals and manage technical aspects and the crew.

Shaw said every year underclassmen are cast in the show to give them experience, as well as giving them an opportunity to participate in a fun activity.

After the 25 minute play there will be breakfast provided by the Mount Carmel Foundation. This year’s menu will include fruit, donuts, yogurt and juice.

The audience will make crafts and make a Christmas list for Santa, which they will give to him at the event. They will also be able to take photographs with Santa in the lobby of the school.

— Stephanie Potter is a staff writer for the Morning Sun. She can be emailed at spotter@morningsun.net or follow her on twitter @pittstephpotter.