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Theatre Shenandoah presents “A Christmas Carol”

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Coutesy of Lori Staley

Coutesy of Lori Staley

Coutesy of Lori Staley

Abi Dublo, Staff Writer

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The Christmas season is fast approaching, and the holiday spirit is in the air. Most people are decorating for the winter season and watching holiday movies. Another fun thing to do during December is to see the musical “A Christmas Carol” at Theatre Shenandoah. It is the classic story about Ebenezer Scrooge and his journey to learning about the true meaning of Christmas.

Theatre Shenandoah decided to use Wayside Theatre’s version of “A Christmas Carol.” “Last year, we decided to do it because we felt like many people were missing the Wayside Christmas experience, and we wanted to bring a piece of it back,” said Lori Staley, the director at Theatre Shenandoah. The Wayside Theatre is located in Middletown, Virginia, but is now permanently closed. Last year the theatre had a great turnout for the show, and Theatre Shenandoah hopes to get the same reaction from the community again this year.

“A Christmas Carol” started casting immediately after the theatre’s production of “The Crucible.” Since the theatre had done the show before, it had most of the set and props around. Being a small community theatre, they reuse many of their set pieces, and it is as simple as rearranging a few things to make the show. “Since so many (actors) from last year are in it again, it’s made it relatively easy. We have had some panicky moments though, and I’m sure we’ll have a hundred more before we open!” said Staley about the time crunch the theatre was under.

A few students from Central High School are cast in the production. Freshman John Byrd and senior Alexis Lincoln are two students who have devoted their time to Theatre Shenandoah. Both John and Alexis are also in Central’s production of “Once Upon A Mattress,” sometimes having to do both musical rehearsals on the same night.

“(This is) a show that all students could be a part of. The director is a lot of help and people with all levels of skill can perform,” said Byrd when asked if he thinks more students should participate.

Although theatre may seem like it is only made for a select few who want to pursue drama, anyone can perform on stage. Community theatre is a great experience for high school students to participate in. When asked how she felt about working with high school students, Staley said, “They are one of my favorite things about directing at Theatre Shenandoah, as long as they show up! But seriously, I adore working with them.”

Staley hopes that Wayside’s version of “A Christmas Carol” will become a tradition. She says it depends on turnout this year but knows the response from the community will be great. The show will run December 9, 10, 16, 17, 22, 23, 29 and 30 at 7:30 as well as December 11 and 18 at 2:30.

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