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Wondering what Santa is up to at the North Pole? Chief Theater offers inside look this weekend

These elves were hand-picked by Santa to get the reindeer ready for Christmas Eve. Pictured: Preston David, Vaughn Maynard and Luca Martorano.

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — There's a bit of curiosity when it comes to Santa and his duties at the North Pole.

This weekend the Chief Players will showcase young actors who got into the holiday spirit with the holiday production of "The Santa Claus Chronicles" by Pat Cook.

With 21 in the all-youth cast ranging in age from 5 to 16, each will have his or her moment in the spotlight as the production kicks off at 6 p.m. Friday and is performed again on Saturday at the Chief Theater. There will also be a showing at 4 p.m. Sunday at the theater.

Set at the North Pole, the play offers vignettes about Santa, his reindeer and the elves in the days before Christmas.

"This show gives you a peek into the inner workings of the North Pole … from the elves that take care of the reindeer, to what the citizens of the North Pole really think of St. Nick, to how ‘The Snow News’ gets the latest scoops," said Sarah Laping Garland, one of the Chief Players who chose this production for this year's holiday show and is also co-director with Kirk Aigner.

There's a press conference that answers a lot of questions about the jolly old man, some insights from elves on the gift suggestion hotline and lingering questions about what Mrs. Claus is up to.

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The host of the show will take the audience through the North Pole to get answers to the questions Laping Garland said many have always wanted to know.

"Each scene also has its own themes about work ethic, thinking of others before yourself and spreading holiday cheer," she said.

There are some scenes where characters are dealing with their rambunctious children, and others where the characters are giving hotline advice to husbands scrambling for last minute presents for their wives.

"If the magic of the set or the music of classic Christmas carols doesn’t put people in the holiday spirit, the energy of the kids will get the job done," said Laping Garland. "You can tell they’re all having fun in every scene — especially those elves — and their energy will be infectious."

To reach Audrey Dwyer, call 970-871-4229, email adwyer@steamboattoday.com or follow her on Twitter @Audrey_Dwyer1.


If you go:

What: “The Santa Claus Chronicles” by Pat Cook

When: 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1 and Saturday, Dec. 2 and 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3

Where: Chief Theater, 813 Lincoln Ave.

Tickets: $15