Posted at 2:24 p.m., Nov. 19, 2014

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An angry reindeer accusation:

Abby Tyson rehearses her role as Blitzen in the LCCC theater production of "The Eight: Reindeer Monologues." The play is directed by Jason Pasqua and offers a new twist on an old Christmas tale.

Photo by Tamara Rodgers

Is Santa guilty?

If you’re thinking “The Eight: Reindeer Monologues” is a lot like the “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” special on CBS each Christmas season, you are in for a surprise.

This play to be performed by Laramie County Community College’s theater department after finals is an adult centered, innuendo-filled comedy.

Vixen claims sexual assault

The story centers around an accusation made by Vixen that Santa has committed sexual assault, and all the reindeer get up in front of the audience to tell their stories. Each testimony is a little different, and you get the full story of what really happened between Santa and Vixen after it all.

The character list includes all the original reindeer including: Dasher, the alpha; Hollywood, also known as Prancer, the nickname alluding to the popular 1989 movie “Prancer”; Cupid, described by LCCC Theater Instructor Jason Pasqua as “not even the most constructive closet could keep him closeted”; Comet, labeled as the druggie reindeer; Dancer, the ditzy Jewish reindeer; Donner, Rudolph’s father, a working blue collar reindeer, and Vixen, a lot like her name.

Rudolph in cataonic shock

However, fans will not be seeing Rudolph, as the story says he is in catatonic shock.

Pasqua, this year’s director for the production, described the play as making fun of many different things. “We make fun at Rudolph’s expense,” Pasqua said. “And, of course, we completely make fun of the classic CBS special that everyone has grown up with.”
Some challenges come with every production, and this one had a few. Each actor must memorize seven to eight pages of script, and trying to keep the audience engaged while telling the story can be challenging. The audience can get only bits and pieces of the story of Santa and Vixen, so each monologue is detrimental to the whole.

The play will also be interactive with the audience. Each night will be a little different, according to how the audience reacts to the play.

“The Reindeer Monologues” will be at the LCCC Playhouse Dec. 11-13 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors and can be reserved at boxoffice@lccc.wy.edu or 307-432-1626. All proceeds will go to Needs Inc.