A Christmas Carol hits the Kemper stage


Cast members listen to stage directions in preparation for their dress rehearsal.

Julia Henning

After a quick rehearsal process of four weeks, the winter play, A Christmas Carol, will perform in the Enid Jackson Kemper theater on Friday and Saturday, December 8 & 9, at 7pm.

“The vision for this show was set last year, when we decided in this time slot we wanted to do a little black box simple show and that’s what we’re doing.” stated Director Scott Campbell. “A Christmas Carol is the perfect show because to me it is the ultimate redemption tale.”

With a cast of 25, 8 Upper School students and 18 Lower/Middle School students to assist with the child roles, Mr. Campbell was able to cast everyone who auditioned. The play will run at a short 45 minutes – 1 hour with no intermission.

The basic plot: an old and grumpy man, Ebenezer Scrooge, has disliked Christmas for years. He lives alone and runs a small business in London that he had started with his late partner, Jacob Marley. It is not until he visited by 3 ghosts of the past, present, and future, that he opens his heart and embraces Christmas cheer.

“We are generally having each ghost be very dark, but ominous,” said Cady Hale, one of the stage managers for the show. “The feel and the presence of the ghosts in relation to what’s happening in each scene is going to be conveyed by the lighting and costumes.”

“It is a very simple set with intricate costumes and lighting…This has been one of the best plays we’ve ever done because of timing and the casting,” added Lauren Christenson, the other stage manager.

Admission is by donation and the doors will open at 6:30.