‘Christmas Carol’ to play at Western

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Charles Dickens’ classic novel, “A Christmas Carol,” will be coming to life as Griffon students take on the second major production of the school year.

RJ Jackson, who plays a charity solicitor, tries to convince Scrooge, played by Steve Catron, to donate. Bob Crachit, played by Sebastian Smith, looks down at Catron

Many students, like sophomore Jeff Jones, have been ready to take stage for “A Christmas Carol” since the end of the performances of the last school play, “Romeo and Juliet.”

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“This is only my second play that I’ve had an acting role in,” Jeff Jones said. “It is my first kind of major role though, so I’m excited to just get out there, get it done and have a fun time.”

Jones’ first play with an acting role was “Romeo and Juliet.” He will be taking on his biggest role so far as the Ghost of Christmas Present.

Another student participating in “A Christmas Carol” whose first play was also a role in “Romeo and Juliet” is Larry Clifton. Clifton has a degree in business and is now taking theater classes. Clifton will be playing the role of Fezziwig, the jolly Christmas party thrower that Ebenezer Scrooge was an apprentice for as a young man.

“People are going to laugh,” Clifton said, “and when they finally see the change in Scrooge, it’s going to be touching. It’s going to be a fun play. Dallas has really done a fantastic job with it.”

Dallas Henry, the director of the play, wanted to convey a different tone to the audience than what is traditional.

“I’ve really made this Christmas Carol funny,” Henry said. “I want the audience to enjoy themselves and not make it so dark.”

Henry has also thrown in a little something else for the audience to enjoy. As of now it can only be labeled as a “surprise” for the viewers.

People interested in seeing the production should visit MWSUtix.com, where you have the possibility of reserving seats of your choice in advance. You will also be able to view a commercial on the site. The performances will be held at 7:30 p.m. in Potter Hall from Dec. 9-11 and 15-18, with additional 3 p.m. showings on Saturdays and Sundays.

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