Central’s annual winter production of the popular winter classic, Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, will be debuting on Central’s stage on Thursday, December 7th at 10:00 AM and 3:30 PM and will be performed on Friday, December 8th at 7:00 PM and Saturday, December 9th at 5:00 PM. Although originally published in 1843, the story of Ebenezer Scrooge’s ghosts of Christmas and his journey towards recognizing the spirit of Christmas are well known to almost everyone as a timeless Christmas story.
Many people may wonder why Central doing the same play again, or how the play may differ from last year’s production. Both Director Burns and assistant director Isabella Amada (279) explain that just as the Academy of Music performs George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker every year, Central’s annual winter show is in respect to tradition.
There are numerous important changes between this year’s rendition of the A Christmas Carol compared to the previous year. The cast of actors is completely different, with many of the actors that participated last year opting to play a different character this year. Although the script has remained the same, the set and music are different. The set consists of some of the same props as last year, but the space on stage is more spread out and utilized in a completely different way. This year’s A Christmas Carol will provide the audience with an experience unique from last year’s, but equally as amazing.
The show is almost completely student run with students designing the entire set and costumes, directing all the scenes, and playing all the characters. Mr. Burns and Mr. Kelsey are the supervising teachers, but much of the work falls upon the students who have worked tirelessly since the beginning of the year. Actors have rehearsed lines and practiced their execution endlessly with student directors making sure everything is done correctly. Behind the scenes, both the stage crew and the string orchestra work to pull the entire show together. The string orchestra has been rehearsing both by themselves and with the actors to get the music perfect. Stage crew has painstakingly put together an elaborate set that is fit for the setting of London in the 1800’s. The set is completely different from last year and is perhaps more elaborate. In addition, an elaborate system involving shadows is used to create the ghosts that haunt Ebenezer Scrooge with flickering lights and a smoke machine. The entire production is a culmination of all of the student’s hard work and dedication throughout these past months.
Coming out to watch and celebrating the annual tradition of Central’s performance of A Christmas Carol with family and loved ones is the perfect way to transition into the holiday season as well as to support all of the Central students involved in the production. The tickets cost $8 for general admission, $3 for Central students, and $5 for alumni, military, and any other students with ID.
Victoria Dong (279)