If you would rather find a macaroni-studded pencil cup than a pricey necktie under the Christmas tree, you should feel right at home at "Dolls, Drums and Sugar Plums . . . or, Mama, There's a Fat Man Stuck in Our Chimney."
Opening tonight at Orange Coast College's Theatre Lab, "Dolls" is a homespun collection of songs, skits, dances and monologues created and produced by 20 OCC theater arts students under the direction of Joan McGillis. Played on a hand-me-down set with a grab bag of costumes and props provided by the students, "Dolls"--described by McGillis as "absolutely G-rated"--doesn't aspire to be a slick holiday spectacular. It has no flying angels, no celebrity voice-overs, not even an ice-skating mouse.
"Last August, we all got together and talked about what Christmas meant to us . . . what we liked about it that was traditional and not so traditional," said McGillis, who is a four-year veteran of OCC's theater department and the mother of actress Kelly McGillis of "Top Gun" fame. "We discovered that every one of us has our own unique feelings about the holidays. Everybody had something to put into the pot." Student Michael Nottingham strung together the group's favorite carols, poems, stories and original sketches in a loose script, and students and instructors teamed up to provide technical assistance.