A crew of Nodaway Valley high school students involved in acting have been adopted by the Cumberland Rose Players and dubbed the Youth Cumberland Rose Players for an upcoming production the students will be performing.
The group of high school students are being directed and supervised by Brenda Plymesser, but the students, who had an idea of a Christmas play themselves, are well on their way to a performance at NV Elementary School Friday, Dec. 15, and a public performance at the Warren Cultural Center's opera house the following Sunday. All proceeds from the show will benefit families in need at Christmastime.
"The Robbed Reindeer" is the play the students have chosen to perform. Three of the cast members are Lauren Huff, Allison Scheel and Tucker Wambold.
"It's about reindeer and how their antlers are stolen from them," Scheel said. "It's the day before Christmas Eve and they need to figure out how to get all the reindeer and their antlers back. I like that this play is very cheesy Christmas. It's over-the-top funny and interactive."
There are three main characters in this one-act play and a handful of supporting characters.
NVHS traditionally has alternated between musicals and plays each year. This year, Wambold enjoyed how funny "Not Your Typical Zombie Apocalypse" was and how the audience members reacted. He thinks "The Robbed Reindeer" will have a similar effect.
Wambold has held leading roles in several productions at Nodaway Valley, including "Hillbilly Wedding" and "Chaos in Fairytale Forest," two plays he had the lead role in.
"The biggest thing to me is that during the last play we did, hearing the audience laugh, I enjoyed that a lot," Wambold said. "When you make someone smile it brightens your day, brightens their day and it makes everyone in the room happy."
Huff wasn't surprised that this group of performers would be as generous as they are, giving their time and energy to something like a charity play and paying something forward.
"I know every single person that is in this production is so giving and kind," she said. "Some of these people are the best people I know and they're open to being part of this, getting nothing out of it and giving all of the proceeds to someone else."
"We do it for the joy — for seeing the smiles on people's faces, and for the laughter," Wambold said.