Chugiak High kicks off holidays with a classic

‘A Christmas Carol’ opens tonight


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The ghost of Jacob Marley, played by Jesse Peters, visits Ebenezer Scrooge, played by Trevor Spackman.

MIKE NESPER

Chugiak High is kicking off the holiday season in classic style.

“A Christmas Carol” opens today (Thursday, Nov. 29) at the Steve Primis Auditorium at 7 p.m. The play runs through Saturday, Dec. 1. Tickets are $6 for adults, $5 for students and $3 for children.

Charles Dickens’ famous novella about crotchety Ebenezer Scrooge who’s visited by the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future is a production director Chris Rees has wanted to put on for some time.

“It’s a play I’ve always wanted to direct,” he said.

The familiar plot is one aspect Rees likes about the play.

“It’s a show everybody loves,” he said. “It’s a classic.”

The play also teaches an important lesson, Rees said.

“I like the message,” he said. “You can turn your life around.”

Playing the lead role is no easy task, said Trevor Spackman.

“I’m literally playing a part that is the exact opposite of my personality,” he said. “That is very difficult.”

Spackman said he spent hours working on his Scrooge scowl in the mirror.

“It’s the hardest part I’ve ever played,” he said.

But, it’s also a lot fun, he said.

With about 30 cast members — many of whom play multiple roles — “A Christmas Carol” is one of the larger shows for Chugiak.

“This is the biggest production we’ve done in a long time,” Spackman said.

Rees agreed.

“Lots of costumes, lost of props, lots of scene changes,” he said. “It’s a really neat show.”

Chugiak’s version is similar to the original, Spackman said, but some twists have been added.

“The speech is modified so kids can understand it,” he said.

Though a large production requires more hours of rehearsal, the superb cast makes the extra work worth it, said Shannon Delaney, who plays Mrs. Cratchit.

“The people are fun to work with,” she said.

“A Christmas Carol” strays from what the school has put on in the past, Delaney said.

“Normally, our plays aren’t this serious,” she said.

The change from more light-hearted productions is a good thing, Delaney said.

“It’s nice to do something more serious,” she said.

The cast has responded well to the show and Rees anticipates three great nights of entertainment for the audience.

“We’ve had a lot of interest in it,” he said. “It’s going to be good.”

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