Shakamak Junior/Senior High School's Drama Club will present "Mr. Scrooge's Christmas" as its Christmas performance at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday.
The performance will take place in the high school cafeteria. Admission is $3 for adults and $2 for students. Admission is free for children who are not yet in school.
The performance will be directed by Drama Club co-sponsor Amy Wadhwan.
"The play follows the traditional version of the Scrooge we all know. A rich, stingy man is visited by his former partner's ghost and three spirits who help him change his way. There will not be any surprises as far as the story line goes. However, whenever you are around theatre, you know that depending upon the cast, there will be a little twist in personalities," Wadhwan said. "Sometimes I believe the live version is better than the traditional movie version. This year's cast has put its heart and soul into this performance, and I can feel the sense of pride and electricity among the students at rehearsals. As the performance draws near, I can tell they have really made this something they will look back on with pride."
The cast is made up of junior high and high school students as well as a fourth grade student.
"We began rehearsals in September, and some high school students actually took a couple of evenings after rehearsal to drive to Linton to help me work on the scenery. It was amazing to watch the students create the backdrops. I explained to them what I envisioned, and they immediately went to work. It was like watching professional artists. I have no doubt, their extra effort to paint this scenery will greatly add to the performance," Wadhwan said.
Although this isn't the first play Shakamak students have performed, the addition of scenery will be a change.
"We were able to use backdrops from The Haunt in Linton, as well as other props they used. They have loaned them to us for this performance, and allowed us to use their facility to paint, and even donated some paint for our use. I have also had several friends, relatives, and fellow Shakamak teachers donate props and clothing for our costumes," Wadhwan explained. "This year, we had $0 to begin with, so we did a quick fundraiser and earned enough money to buy a play and spend some on costumes and props."
At the performance, they will be selling tickets ($1 each or 6 for $5) for a wreath. Concessions will also be available.
Although this is Wadhwan's first time directing a play at Shakamak, she is no stranger to the theatre world. She has previously directed musicals at Linton-Stockton.
"It is very exciting to start working with the drama club here at Shakamak. They have had a drama club for a few years, but it is my first year helping at Shakamak," Wadhwan said. "We have two drama sponsors, and we decided I would do a Christmas play, and Steve Lively, the other sponsor, would do a spring play."
Wadhwan, who used to work at Linton-Stockton, but now works at Shakamak, said she loves theatre and the fine arts.
"Even though I changed schools, I fully support the Fine Arts at all schools. I have many fond memories of being in the plays at Linton, and later volunteering and helping direct them. Linton has amazing facilities and has had the program for many years, so they have been able to accumulate a large collection of props and costumes," she said. "However, I love the challenge of helping Shakamak's program grow now. There are talented kids and staff at both schools. For me, the only difference is the excitement of helping Shakamak's drama club grow larger. Now that I work at Shakamak, these are the students I interact with every day, so it makes sense that I help with the drama club here."
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