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Thanksgiving Play Sheds Light on Native History

Meghan Leavitt

The Thanksgiving Play written by Larissa FastHorse was performed by eight Mount Students. This production is a comedy that informs the audience much about Native American culture and events.

It is a play of wokeness and satire comedic jokes on the American Thanksgiving. While this was a small production, it was executed nicely.

Speaking to people who were in the play, it seems like the choice of production was unexpected as it included elements such as satire wokeness and jokes that appeal to those who enjoy sexual humor.

There was not just this type of humor, but cultural humor as well. People walking into the play had a different idea about what the play would be like.

Actors and actresses in the play also said it was a different acting style and character role than they were used to which to them, was a challenge but also allowed them to have broader experiences.

Actress Amanda Livingston (C’26) said, “I played a chorus ensemble that was perceived to be elementary students. I really enjoyed working with my peers.

They made me feel included and I really bonded with them during rehearsals.” Livingston also said, “I was nervous but also excited for the show. I was mainly nervous about messing up my lines.”

Cast members were mainly composed of first years. Two first-year students Thomas Stokes (C’27) and Lily Adelsberger (C’27) had many thoughts and feeling regarding the play.

Stokes said, “I think that not doing theater since middle school was incredibly different. It was a stretch of my capabilities.”

Adelsberger said, “I played the role as Logan. I liked the play but was a different form of acting I did in high school; I had the freedom to do more mature plays.”

There was a mix of audience turnout. The audience was composed of both friends, faculty and family. While the humor was different the audience seemed pleased with the production. Carolyn Livingston’s (C’27) sister was in the play and said, “I went to the play to see my sister’s performance, it was a good time.”

Other people who watched the play said that it was a different style play than they were expecting. Nicole Campost (C’26) said, “The play was funny and better than I expected it to be.” The theater and production crew along with the 8 student actors and actresses did a good job with this production.

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