Miami Trace High School will perform a re-imagined Christmas classic this weekend for the community to enjoy.
A Christmas Carol, as it is commonly known, was a novella by Charles Dickens, first published in London by Chapman & Hall in 1843; the first edition was illustrated by John Leech. A Christmas Carol tells the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, an old miser who is visited by the ghost of his former business partner Jacob Marley and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come.
According to theatrefolk.com, this adaptation by Lindsay Price of the original holiday story, “Humbug High,” follows the story of Eddie Scrooge. The 17-year-old hates his parents and his classmates and has only two goals in his life, make money and keep his heart ice-cold. He was on his way to becoming a miserly, miserable, tight-fisted hand to the grindstone, until one Christmas season he is taken on a journey by Madge, the lunch lady, and the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future.
“This is a modern retelling of A Christmas Carol,” director Andrea Johnson said. “In this case the main character, Eddie Scrooge, is a 17-year-old and most of the cast has been re-imagined as high school students. For example, Marley, the ghost from the original, is now a lunch lady from the school.”
Currently, Johnson said, Miami Trace High has never had a production of the original “A Christmas Carol,” but they choose every few years to have a more holiday-focused production in the fall. She said they all really enjoyed the script and thought that any crowd can find similarities in the two versions.
“The script has some really fun fourth-wall breaks and things in there to make it interesting,” Johnson said. “Plus it is a familiar story, so we thought the audience would connect with it in that way. This is my first year as the main director, so I am definitely learning as I go and trying to connect all of the pieces. But the kids have worked really hard. We have been rehearsing for about six weeks now and I really love it because it is so student-driven. They take such big parts in doing the lights, making sets, handling the sound….it’s incredible.”
The production will be held at Miami Trace High School in the newly-named Quali-Tee Performing Arts Center (auditorium). This name will carry into the new school when they are finished next year and will be the hub for performing arts at the new high school. On Friday and Saturday, the performance will begin at 7 p.m. and on Sunday it will begin at 2 p.m. with tickets costing $5.
“This is a timeless holiday story so we hope the community can join us to kick off the season and get into the Christmas spirit,” Johnson said. “The kids have been working really hard and I hope they can join us as we help Eddie to find the Christmas Spirit and learn the true meaning of Christmas.”
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