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'Christmas Carol' lives on

Friday, November 9, 2012

From left, Shelby Henderson, Luis Pedraza, Joel Powell: Young Ebenezer is introduced to the love of his life, Belle, by the lovable Mr. Fezziwig.
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It's a familiar tale, one popularized on stage and in film. The Smokestack Theatre Group of Community High School will present "A Christmas Carol" in two public showings, Nov. 16 and 17 at 7 p.m. at the school's theater.

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The student cast promises to bring Ebenezer Scrooge to life, along with Jacob Marley, Tiny Tim, Bob Cratchit and those insightful "Ghosts of."

Classic story

The story is based on a novella by Charles Dickens, an English author who reportedly completed the work in six weeks. It was first published in December 1843 and became an instant classic. It has since been popularized on stage and in film, and to date has never been out of print.

The story begins on a "cold, bleak, biting" Christmas Eve in 1843, seven years after the death of Ebenezer Scrooge's business partner, Jacob Marley. Scrooge hates Christmas -- "Humbug!" -- as well as any gesture which might be mistaken for compassion or kindness.

Scrooge is visited by Marley's ghost upon returning home one evening, and the ghost Marley warns Scrooge to change his ways or face a miserable afterlife. That evening Scrooge is visited by the ghost of Christmas Past, then of Christmas Present and finally the ghost of foreboding, Christmas Yet to Come.

Ebenezer Scrooge
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Christmas morning arrives and Scrooge awakens with love and joy in his heart, a man reborn.

Talented cast

The cast includes Chelsea Mills, Caleb Robinson, Aaron Gaines, John Brown, Constance Seagraves, Mariah Gardner, Jole Powell, Kelsey Fletcher, Austin Stephens, Luis Pedraza, Emily Barlow, Shelby Henderson, Chad Lynch, Adara Huntly, Jake Garrette, Ashley Reece, Bethany Bennett, Erin Nobbman, Melissa Lambert, Leah Bishop, Rebecca Bobo, Sydney Gregory, Kalab Fulton, Brooke Adams, Mekayla Trout, Josh Fox, Sydney, Casteel, Jeremy Warner, Reagan Hodge, Faith Augustus, J.J. Moore, Stephanie Hambrick, Tiffany Leverette and Jay Patel.

Admission is $4 at the door. For more information, contact Anthony Davis at 212-7867 or the school at 685-1418.