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The Gippsland Youth Drama Workshop preparing for Ragamuffin's Christmas.

Christmas laughs

Christmas laughs

The Gippsland Youth Drama Workshop preparing for Ragamuffin's Christmas.

Young Valley cast in a fun Christmas romp

The original comedy Ragamuffin's Christmas is set to hit the stage with a cast of young local stars loaded up with a Christmas sack full of jokes and hilarious characters bursting to be unwrapped to entertain the audience.

The ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future have a new story and a contemporary take on what the spirit of Christmas means, and if Mr. Scrooge could see what was happening, he wouldn't be singing a Christmas Carol.

It seems as he gets older, Santa is becoming increasingly forgetful, and with Christmas Eve rapidly approaching, this is making things at the North Pole Toy Factory rather difficult. Mrs. Claus is at her wits-end trying to balance everything in time for the yearly present delivery, while the elves face numerous obstacles including union action, a messed-up naughty or nice list and all the reindeer have gas.

This all means that the deserving kids at the Odious Orphanage for Girls Who’s Parents Didn’t Want Them might not get a visit, which would make them even more miserable. It also means the spoiled children will miss out on their gifts, and they are ready to throw a tantrum.

Enter Detective X'mas and his helpers Egg and Nogg, who are on the case trying to put things right and fix the Christmas continuum, therefore hopefully finding the spirit of Christmas and reinstalling it so everyone can have a merry and jolly holiday. Talk about a nightmare before Christmas.

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Mixing in well-known Christmas stories with hysterical new ideas and characters, the comedy takes a good look at what the true meaning of Christmas is, and what is has become due to commercialism

“The combination of wonderful characters and the accomplished comical performances by the dedicated young cast, adds up to an entertaining evening of live original theatre," according to director Phillip A Mayer.

"This is original theatre produced by our region’s young people, which engages, tells an interesting and topical story and will make people laugh.

"What more could you ask for?

"There is some interesting social commentary with the ideas raised by the actors, but it’s a comedy first.

"Themes of environment, community and family are explored and were strong influences for the participants as the plot developed, but they wanted to examine how absurd some choices by 'adults' seemed to be in a comical way”.

The play is produced by The Gippsland Youth Drama Workshop with some of Gippsland’s finest young performers and references movies, plays and television, as well as historical events and real life places.

“So much humour is drawn-out, and the cast relish performing such a fun show,” Mr Mayer said.

The participants, who range in ages from ten to seventeen, are excited to perform their show to a packed audience of friends, family and the general community. A dedicated production team from the award-winning HT&E Theatre Co. work closely with performers from across the region.
The hugely popular Youth Drama Workshop has been operating since 1991, where aspiring young thespians are guided to build their performance skills and confidence in a creative and supportive environment.

“Drama is a life-skill which can be transferred to the real world. It’s not just about being a star, although all the young performers love their time on stage and the applause they receive, but it’s more about participation, building self-esteem and confidence”.

Ragamuffin's Christmas is an original Christmas comedy for the whole family and a wonderful night of youth theatre performed by some of Gippsland’s brightest stars. Performing for one night only, 7:30 Saturday 10 November at Latrobe Performing Arts Centre, Traralgon. Tickets are $22 available through the box office on 5176 3333, online at or limited at the door.

For more information about The Gippsland Youth Workshop contact the director on 0409 878 688.

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