Fourth and fifth-graders from Coleman Intermediate School were recently given a lesson on laughter and happiness as the students from the Drama Department of Watson Chapel High School presented their production of “A Clown’s Christmas Party.”
Before the production got underway, the Watson Chapel High School Chamber Choir got the audience in the Christmas spirit with renditions of “O Little Town of Bethlehem”, “Joy to the World”, and “Jingle Bells.”
As the Christmas party began, each clown came on the scene with an introduction by clown Lean and Look, played by Ruby Phillips. Each clown performed a stunt for which he or she was given a name. Clowns included Miss Quiet, Miss Honker, Miss Wiggle Waggle, Mr. Big, Miss Little, The Doctor, The Patient, Run, Stumble and Fall and Banana Rama.
The clowns perform skits in hopes of bringing laughter to the audience because according to Lean and Look, “the best gift a clown can offer is the gift of laughter.”
Suddenly a strange clown with no name shows up and wants to join their Christmas party but No Name, played by Shanise Davis, did not have the ability to perform a stunt that would make people laugh. According to the other clowns, No Name could not be considered a clown because she was not funny.
No Name informed them that the only skill she had was singing but the other clowns were not impressed. The other clowns decide to vote No Name out until she sings a Christmas song so beautifully that everyone feels happy inside.
In the end, they all decided to vote No Name back in and gave her a new name, Happy. The clowns conclude that a clown’s real job is to make people happy because happiness is one of the greatest Christmas gifts.