PITTSBURG — Christmas Eve is fast approaching and so is the deadline for getting those Christmas wish lists to Santa. Luckily, the Pittsburg High School Theatre Department has an opportunity for the young and young-at-heart to get a little more face time with jolly old Saint Nick.
From 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Saturday, the PHS Theatre Department, in partnership with the Mount Carmel Foundation, is hosting its 11th annual Breakfast with Santa.
Breakfast with Santa, the perennial Pittsburg holiday favorite, is a student-directed performance aimed at young audiences. Attendees will enjoy a 30 minute performance as well as a tasty breakfast — usually donuts and juice — provided by the Mount Carmel Foundation.
This year’s performance, Not so Happy Holidays, explores what happens when other holidays get tired of Christmas getting all the attention. The cast is comprised of freshman and sophomore theater students and directed by senior Amanda Bourbina.
The story is an original play written by PHS alumna, Meghan Hess, performed exclusively by the PHS Theatre Department.
“Originally, we did shows that were written by others,” Greg Shaw, PHS Theatre director, said. “The last three years, Meghan has written us an original piece.”
Shaw said that, while he’s there to offer a helping hand, it’s the students that call the shots.
“They run rehearsals and they have to navigate being in charge of their peers,” he said. “They set deadlines and develop the concept of the show. They conduct the auditions and find out how difficult that process is, as well.”
This is the sixth year the PHS Theatre Department has teamed up with the Mount Carmel Foundation.
“We were running two separate programs and they kept hitting on the same Saturday,” Shaw said. “Now we team up and they do what they do and we do what we do: perform.”
Santa will be on hand for pictures and those in attendance will have the opportunity to fill out Christmas lists to give to the guest of honor.
Shaw said Breakfast with Santa is an opportunity for the theatre department to support the community that supports them.
“We ask people to come and see our shows,” Shaw said. “This is our way to serve them.”
Breakfast with Santa will be held at Memorial Auditorium, 503 N Pine St. in Pittsburg, not PHS as in previous years. The event is free and open to the public. No tickets or reservations are required.
For more information, contact Memorial Auditorium at (620) 231-7827.