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The cast and crew of “Scrooge, the Musical” have been working hard for several months. This weekend they will present their efforts to an audience at the Farris Theatre, composed largely of their families, friends and people from this community. Will you be there?
The story of Scrooge is full of meaning for everyone. Nearly everyone can relate in some way to the miserable character. He’s the sum of all the bad character defects. He’s bitter, angry, selfish, frustrated, self-centered, critical, miserly, suspicious of others, lonely and heartless. So heavy with this baggage, placed upon a person, he actually seems to be visibly carrying a load.
Wouldn’t everyone like a chance to ‘start over,’ to right the wrongs of the past? Wouldn’t it be great if such a change could take place overnight and last? Wouldn’t it be great if what brought about such a change could occur in such a powerful way, as though it came from above?
Scrooge is granted that chance, but it’s still his choice. He is taken from his past and through to the end of his life. He can see how he became so cold, how he shut others out of his life, what the future would hold. It is something everyone can do, and you have the opportunity as you watch him.
The path Scrooge walks from the time he is visited by his old partner, Jacob Marley, to waking up on Christmas Day is full of emotions. Feel his frustration when he hears children singing and his loneliness when he arrives at his cold, tomb-like house. Watch him as his suspiciousness turns to fear, then to anguish as he comes to a realization of what he has become.
Likewise, feel his sorrow as he begins to repent, to feel remorse for the pain he’s caused. His heart is not dead; it was merely starved from lack of love and a better purpose in life. There are some laughs along the way. Hope begins to raise its head, and then springs forth. Scrooge feels his first happiness in many a year, and likes it.
“Come to see “Scrooge,” urges director Bonnie George. It’s been four years since the production has appeared at the Farris, whose décor lends so much to this classic story written by Charles Dickens.
“We’d like to sell more tickets and have a full house,” said Max Hockemeier.
“Scrooge, the Musical” opens Friday night. Curtain time is 7:30 p.m. It runs Saturday at 7:30 p.m. too. Sunday, at 2 p.m., will be the final performance.
Photo: Scrooge, played by Kyle Foster, has been wrapped with the chains of bondage men place upon themselves when they become self-centered and full of greed and hate. If he doesn’t learn from the lessons brought to him on Christmas Eve, he will be doomed to wear them throughout eternity. (Photo by Brenda Jensen/The Daily News)