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StageWest prepares for Scrooge


StageWest proudly presents a reader’s theater production of Charles Dickens  “A Christmas Carol,” adapted as a radio play by Antony E. Palermo and directed by Kay Byron-Pacheco. 

The original story was known as “Ghost Story of Christmas” and written in 1843. Charles Dickens’ major literary themes were of his memory and forgiveness. He believed that through experiencing the joy and sorrow of memory, you could learn to live properly in this world.

Scrooge has often been mistakenly presented as an evil man with no redeeming characteristics who suddenly gets converted overnight. Ebenezer Scrooge isn’t just evil, that’s one dimension of him. He’s got a tough shell on the outside to protect his squishy soft interior. 

He holds terrible antisocial attitudes for a reason. His character is based upon Charles Dickens’ regrets for his own personal behavior in not being kind to his fellow man, nor being charitable enough to those less fortunate than himself. In fact Scrooge’s history is modeled upon Dickens early life. 

As with Scrooge, Dickens was taken out of school and put to work in a warehouse run by a jolly Mr. Fezziwig. And when he concentrated on his work to better himself his fiancee left him because she saw where he was headed. This made him concentrate even harder and shut himself off from the world.

Some individuals object to Dickens’ “Carol” for it’s lack of religion, but they fail to see Tiny Tim as a metaphor for Christ – Tim’s crutch is his cross;  His death redeems Scrooge; His creed is “God Bless us, every one.” Marley’s ghost and the chained phantoms are damned souls to whom Christ is unknown; Scrooge is a “wise man” who travels far before bestowing his gifts. 

Performances will be held at Emmanuel Lutheran Church at 639 Elm St. in Cheney. Performance dates are Friday nights Dec. 6 and 13 at 7 p.m., Saturday night Dec. 7 at 7 p.m. and the Sunday matinee Dec. 8 at 3 p.m. The special Saturday night dinner theater is Dec. 13 at 6 p.m. 

Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for seniors/students. Dinner theater tickets are $25 per person and must be reserved by Dec. 10. Dinner is catered by Willow Springs Restaurant

For tickets call 235-2441. For other information call 235-5742. StageWest now takes most major credit cards.


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