MORRISTOWN, NJ - Now that Halloween is over, you know what that means. It’s time to hear those sleigh bells jingling in the spirit of the holiday season! What is the first thing that comes to mind this time of year? Hot chocolate? Santa Claus? Reindeer?! You know Dasher and Dancer, but what about PRANCER? That’s right, this season Morristown High School is producing the world premier of the heartwarming play Prancer!
Based on the cherished 1989 movie, Prancer is the story of eight year old Jessica Riggs, whose family has fallen on hard times. Despite this, Jessica is not afraid to have faith throughout her family’s struggles. In a doubting and cynical world, Jessica sustains her belief in Santa Claus and the idea that miracles really do happen. When she discovers a hurt reindeer in her backyard, she believes it to be the well known “Prancer” from Santa’s sleigh. Is the reindeer Jessica finds truly Prancer? What happens to the young girl as she tries to nurse this reindeer back to health? These questions will only be answered when you come to see the show, however read more to hear about the directing team of Morristown High School’s 2018 fall drama.
(Photo of Katie Adams, taken by Katelyn Nagy)
When director Katie Adams and designer Mike Hession were looking for a show, they wanted something that was fun for the whole family, a challenge, and something that hits you in the heart. For a talented cast and crew like ours, we needed a show that would “raise the bar”, says Katie Adams. Prancer does just that. Morristown High School is the first school and just the second theater ever to perform Prancer, a new play written by the movie’s screenwriter, Greg Taylor. “I have a strong connection to the original 1989 film, having gone through similar turmoils as the main character Jessica”, Katie Adams states, for her childhood experiences have paved the directing choices she makes now.
Finding the perfect show for the high school to put on has not been the only challenge. Although Ms. Adams has been the artistic director for the past three years, the transition has been smooth but challenging at times. Following the footsteps of the previous director, Michael Maguire, has not been an easy task, but being given this opportunity has given Ms. Adams a greater appreciation of the foundation he has built in this program. She would like to thank Mike Hession and Michael Gulen for all his support through this process.
The most fulfilling part of being director this year would be seeing how the art of theater can impact a child's day no matter what. Morristown High School Theater is one big family, and it has not only evolved into being a place for educational growth but a place “where children can share their ever growing talents and feel rewarded for their work”, Ms. Adams reflects.
(Photo of Katie Adams, Mike Hession, and Michael Gulen, taken by Katelyn Nagy)
To share in the spirit of community and the power of believing, bring your family to see Prancer, on Thursday November 15th at 7 p.m., November 16th at 7 p.m., November 17th at 7 p.m., or November 18th at 2 p.m at Morristown High School. Come join our theatre family, as this is a show you do not want to miss! Ticket link: www.mhs.booktix.com
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