The Nest students give thanks

The Nest Thanksgiving

The performers in “The Meal Must Go On,” wear costumes depicting Thanksgiving dishes. From left are Carrabelle Nest students Destanie Proctor (stuffing), Kayleigh Revell (cranberry sauce), Layla Chisolm (mashed potatoes), Trinity Barron (pumpkin pie) and Charlee Winchester (turkey).

DESPINA WILLIAMS | Special to the Times
Published: Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at 03:17 PM.

On the eve of her performance in the Carrabelle Nest Thanksgiving play, Layla Chisolm was having an identity crisis.

Like her fellow actors in “The Meal Must Go On,” Chisolm was decked out head to toe as a favorite Thanksgiving side dish.

Crinkled white paper expertly fastened to her torso mimicked a heaping pile of luscious mashed potatoes, nestled atop an unassuming brown bowl, fashioned from craft paper. On her head, a pile of fluffy cotton balls topped by a buttery square of yellow foam completed the look. But even in all her spud-like splendor, Chisolm could not stop her classmates from calling her a dish that would never grace even the humblest Thanksgiving table. She was not, By Squanto!, a bowl of popcorn!

Chisolm could not trouble herself with these taunts. At show time, she joined classmates Kayleigh Revell, Charlee Winchester, Trinity Barron and Destanie Proctor. Sure, they were dolled up like cranberry sauce, turkey, pumpkin pie and stuffing, but she was the star of this show.

When the actors began the play by each boasting to be the best Thanksgiving dish, Chisolm seized her moment. “Thanksgiving just wouldn’t be the same without me! Mashed potatoes are always everyone’s favorite!”

 Chisolm’s prideful performance was just one of the many highlights of The Nest’s two-day Thanksgiving celebration. The Nest, a Franklin County School District 21st Century after-school program, staged back-to-back parent nights on Nov. 15 and 16, which combined food, fun and family.

Carrabelle Nest students performed a medley of song and dance numbers, including the Turkey Pokey, for parents and classmates. Patrick Tipton narrated “The Meal Must Go On!,” a reader’s theatre play, which featured Cheyenne Lawson, Haiden Parks, Brianna Sanders, Larry Winchester, September Ferrell, Alexis Parks, Jada Allen and Jorden Carnes as Thanksgiving dinner hosts and houseguests.



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