Woodlake High School Theater Arts performs “A Dickens Christmas Carol” on Nov. 16 and 18

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WOODLAKE – It isn’t Halloween yet but it still feels like the holiday season is right around the corner. And the Woodlake High School Theater Arts program hopes everyone will be in the Christmas spirit with their production of “A Dickens Christmas Carol.” Performances are Thursday, Nov. 16 and Saturday, Nov. 18 at 7 p.m. in the WHS Performing Arts Building. Admission prices are $5 for adults, $3 for military/senior citizens, and $1 for students and children.

Seven years after the death of his business partner Jacob Marley, a miserable old man named Ebenezer Scrooge doesn’t have the time or patience to celebrate Christmas. He hates happiness, love, family and generosity. He turns down an invitation for Christmas dinner from his nephew Fred. He sends the ladies collecting charity donations away empty-handed. He grumbles and complains that his clerk Bob Cratchit gets a paid day off for Christmas.

That night, Scrooge is haunted by Marley’s ghost, who claims that three other ghosts are going to come, and leaves after telling Scrooge to change his life before it’s too late. Scrooge shakes all this off as indigestion, but he soon gets a visit from the Ghost of Christmas Past, who takes him on a tour of his childhood memories and young adulthood; he sees when he began to desire money more than friendship and love.

The Ghost of Christmas Present takes Scrooge to Fred’s house, where friends are living it up with dancing and games. Scrooge and the spirit then see the poor but loving Christmas dinner preparations of the Cratchit family. The youngest son is Tiny Tim, a sick but saintly boy.

Next, Scrooge is visited by the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come.  All is not well in the future. Tiny Tim is dead, the Cratchits are bankrupt, and also Scrooge himself is dead with no one to mourn him – only those who might profit from his leftover possessions. After seeing his grave, Scrooge promises to reform…

… and awakens in his own bed on Christmas morning. He changes his attitude and lives the rest of his life with generosity, good cheer, and compassion. Scrooge discovers what the spirit of Christmas is all about.

Students involved in the production are Gaby Aguilar, Lizbet Alvarado, Elian Andrade, Christopher Canizalez, Rogelio Chavez, Julian Duran, Freddy Estrada, Amarys Gonzales, Erik Gonzalez, Genesis Gonzalez, Lucia Gonzalez, Priscilla Gonzalez, Elie Haro, Julia Irvin, Nikole Kimble, Charlotte Lira, Andrew Lopez, Carlos Lucatero, Michael Macias, Pia Martinez, Vanessa Meza, Alexis Morales, Mariza Murrieta, Alecxander Parriera, Aruzhan Rakhimova, Monica Reynaga, Adriana Rodriguez, Juan Sandoval and Claudia Zaccarias. The play is directed by Mrs. Barbara Hallmeyer.

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