FARMINGTON -- A trio of misunderstood villains, Bubble Gum Bart and his Grunch Bunch, rambled into Farmington Community Center determined to stop Christmas for the citizens of the fictional town of Snowy Gulch.
Little did Bart know, he and his cronies were about to get a lesson in kindness, communication and understanding from the Christmas Day Kid, his sidekick Dakota, and the musically gifted citizens of Snowy Gulch.
Fifth-graders from Farmington Elementary performed "Christmas at the O.K. Corral" Thursday to the delight of classmates and family in the audience, and spread a Christmas message.
"Bubble Gum Bart and his shady outlaw friends have always been picked on. Once they arrive at Snowy Gulch, they find a Christmas celebration going on and they decide to stop it," said Kara McKean, a fifth-grade teacher at Farmington Elementary. "They cover some of the townspeople in bubble gum goo, and the rest of the townspeople send a text to Santa Claus to ask for help. The Christmas Day Kid comes and rescues the town by talking to Bart and inviting him to join in the celebration."
The importance of communication is a strong theme in the performance. The Christmas Day Kid opens a line of communication to Bart and his Grunch Bunch by simply asking them why they're acting so mean. Once Bart and his Grunch Bunch are reassured that the townspeople like them and will accept them, the trio enthusiastically accepts the townspeople's invitation to the Christmas celebration.
The performance was full of catchy tunes like "Glo-Glo-Glorious," "Sticky Situation," and "Bubble Gum Goo."
"Glo-Glo-Glorious was a really fun song to sing," said McKean. "Most of it is new music. Most of it is not music that they know. But they love singing the music, especially the partner songs.
Cole Rumsey, a.k.a. the Christmas Day Kid, said his favorite song was "Sticky Situation" and his favorite part of the performance was, "all the fun of saving Christmas from the outlaws."
Caleb Mordue, a.k.a. Bubble Gum Bart, appreciated the lyric stylings of "Bubble Gum Goo" the most and had fun spraying his bubble gum goo (silly string) on his fellow cast members.
McKean said performances like "Christmas at the O.K. Corral" are part of the curriculum.
"Part of the curriculum is that they perform and speak in front of an audience," McKean said. "It's great for them; they learn how to play a character and singing, dancing, performance skill. They have a great time. It's a lot of fun, for all of us. It's a lot of work, but it's a lot of fun."