Take One Drama Troupe is a group of talented adults with developmental or cognitive disabilities who perform a play and a variety show annually here in Manassas Park. Their cognitive disabilities include Autism, Down syndrome, and Traumatic Brain Injury. However, those labels fail to fully convey what it means to be a member of this amazing troupe.
With an abundance of energy and enthusiasm, Take One Drama Troupe held auditions for this year’s play Couch Potato Santa by Jimmy Brunelle. “Everyone has a part, and no part is too small,” says Becca Rudolph, Special Assistant for the troupe. She adds that she has volunteered about ten years for the troupe, but you will not see her on the stage because she is much more comfortable behind the scenes. “I’ve been involved in practically everything here because I love being part of this group,” she added.
This year’s play will be under the direction of Tony Thomas, Recreation Services Supervisor, with help from two parents of cast actors including Sharon Hall, and Deanna Ebert, whose daughters are cast members.
Couch Potato Santa is a one-act play that finds Santa lying on the couch watching TV. He has been doing this for many weeks. He refuses to work, eat, or shower. Mrs. Claus is a bit annoyed with his behavior. She tries to get him off the couch, but he refuses to listen. She sends elves, reindeer, kids, and a psychiatrist into the living room, hoping to cheer up Santa. They all try to get him to admit what is actually bothering him so he will FINALLY get off the couch and everyone can celebrate Christmas!
Will they be able to get Santa off the sofa in time for Christmas? Come to the FREE performance on December 1 at 7:00pm at Manassas Park Middle School! Plan now to attend this one-of-a-kind performance!
Maria Bosack is the Writer/Content Specialist for the City of Manassas Park, Department of Parks and Recreation. She can be reached at 703-335-8872, or via email at M.Bosack@ManassasParkVA.gov.