Southwestern Assemblies of God University theatre students will perform Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” later this year in the Hagee Center Performance Hall.
The play will show Friday, Nov. 30 and Saturday, Dec. 1 at 7:30 p.m. There will also be a 3 p.m. showing on Sunday, Dec. 2. Tickets are $10. SAGU students, faculty, and staff will get free admission by presenting their SAGU ID.
“We did this play last year, and it was such a success that we decided to do it again with the possibility of making it a SAGU Christmas tradition,” director Ronnie Blount said.
Though “A Christmas Carol” was originally a novel by Dickens, it led to many adaptions for both theatre and film. It’s an age-old redemption story of conceited, insensitive miser Ebenezer Scrooge, who is visited by the ghost of his former business partner and three spirits of Christmas on Christmas Eve.
“This is one of my favorite stories and definitely my favorite Christmas story,” Blount added.
Charles Dickens, who not only authored “A Christmas Carol,” but other novels as well, was a Christian man who used his faith and values to communicate the rich themes in his works.
“The message of the gospel pervades ‘A Christmas Carol’ from the entrance of Scrooge's nephew in the first scene to the salvation of Scrooge at the end,” Blount explained.
Blount hopes that SAGU Theatre’s production of this iconic tale will reflect and communicate those values.
When asked what he was most excited about putting on this play, Blount said that he loves everything about it, including the Christmas season and Scrooge’s redemption.
“When you couple that with the talented, committed and caring group of young actors with whom I have the pleasure of working on this project, I guess I have to say that I'm excited about all of it,” he added.
The actors seem to be just as excited about working on this play.
“So far my favorite part is seeing everyone take their role and make it their own…Everyone has an idea on how to do it and Professor Blount is really great because he lets us play around and make it our own,” theatre student Stephanie Van Wyk said.
Van Wyk says that she and the rest of the crew aren’t starting from scratch this year, which will help add depth to the production and make this year’s show one to remember.
“I’m excited to see how this show turns out. [...] Last year was fantastic, but I think this year will be even better,” she added.