Rudolph the ironic reindeer

'The Eight: Reindeer Monologue' brings holiday laughs

An adult story

Christmas is a time for family, storytelling, cheer, fun-filled vulgarity, sexual innuendo and lots and lots of eggnog. At least those sleigh bells ring true in “The Eight: Reindeer Monologue.”

This year’s Laramie County Community College holiday play, directed by theater instructor Jason Pasqua, will feature the season’s most famous eight deer-like creatures accounting their own uncensored opinions and stories regarding a rather incestuous event involving one of their own and a certain jolly Saint Nick.

“It’s definitely an R-rated show,” Pasqua said with a laugh. “It’s definitely a Christmas play for adults. If you prefer the standard CBS Christmas special, maybe that’s for you instead.”

The reindeer, however, are not the characters one may think of when he pictures Santa mushing out their names. For instance, Comet is a recovering gang affiliate with Hells Herd; Dancer is a “ditz” who didn’t know the job had anything to do with Christmas, and Cupid is an out-of-the-closet homosexual.

A specifically chosen cast

With a cast of Erin Williams (Vixen), Hannah Jones (Blitzen) and Bo Paulsrud (Cupid), to name a few, Pasqua decided to go with his gut.

“I didn’t hold a formal audition,” Pasqua said. “These are students whom I’ve worked with and who I know can handle the material. As actors, it’s important for them go out and do and say things they normally wouldn’t. Comedy can be good because it can be used to provoke.”

The play, written by Jeff Goode in 1993, has become his call to fame. But he is the author of other plays and television shows like “Lesbian’s Last Pizza” and “American Dragon: Jake Long.” He also founded the No Shame Theater in Iowa.

As for the audience of such a play, one would think it would have religious groups and bored housemothers up in a roar on the “desecration of a sanctimonious holiday.” But, according to Pasqua, that couldn’t be further from the truth.

“They love it,” Pasqua said. “People come and get a kick out of it, and so far I haven’t heard anyone say a bad thing.”

This could be attributed to the style and handling of the play, which Pasqua said he does in a serious yet loose manner.

“If you approach things like this in a serious manner, and not in a gratuitous way, it’s all OK,” Pasqua said. “It’s about telling a story, yet keeping it energetic and in this sense very conversational.” And in a time when “Lunch Box Lady” is going through its rehearsal stages with many young children, Pasqua assured that any play has a place.

A season of variety

“When you ask yourself, ‘How do you build a season?’ it’s great to have something for everyone,” Pasqua said. “You have a kids’ play and an adult play. It’s all valid.”

The play will show for one weekend on Dec. 6-8 at 7:30 p.m. and is $5 for students and seniors and $10 for general admission. All proceeds will go to Needs, Inc. Tickets can be reserved by emailing boxoffice@lccc.wy.edu or calling 307-432-1626.


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