New take on holiday tale: Alamance Children’s Theatre will present ‘A Christmas Carol’

By Lily Pope
Times-News correspondent
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Actors from Alamance Children’s Theatre’s “A Christmas Carol” pose for a photo. From left to right (back row): Ashley Higgins (Belinda Cratchit); Savannah Blackburn (Martha Cratchit); and front row, from left to right: Max McDonald (Bob Cratchit); Ian Redington (Tiny Tim); and Alexa Stubblefield (Mrs. Cratchit). [Nick Chester / Times-News correspondent

Starting Dec. 6, Christmas lovers and Charles Dickens fans alike can enjoy Alamance Children’s Theatre’s representation of “A Christmas Carol.”
   “Many things make this show different from other ‘Christmas Carol’ adaptations. For starters, this version is told through the perspective of a grandfather telling his grandson a story,” said director Rachel Ealy.
   “On a deeper level, Dickens was an advocate for children’s rights. He wanted them to be able to be educated and cared for. Alamance Children’s Theatre has allowed “A Christmas Carol” to be directed, stage managed and acted by youth. It has provided me and the rest of the youth to grow, be safe, and be educated in something we care about,” Ealy added.
   Alamance Children’s Theatre will present “A Christmas Carol” at 7 p.m. Dec. 6-7, 2019; 2 p.m. Dec. 7-8; and 7 p.m. Dec. 13-14 and 2 p.m. Dec. 14-15 at the Paramount Theater, 128 E. Front St., Burlington.
   Most everyone knows the classic Christmas story that is “A Christmas Carol,” which follows Scrooge, (Aidan Myers-Moran) the miserable old man who hates Christmas.
   On Christmas Eve, Scrooge receives a chilling visit from his dead business partner, Jacob Marley (Charlie Vaughan).
   After that, Scrooge is taken on a whirlwind trip through past, present and future, accompanied by the Ghost of Christmas Past (Savannah Blackburn); the Ghost of Christmas Present (Sarah Jones and Katherine Pernell); and the Ghost of Christmas Future (Ava Halleen).
   Ava Halleen plays Belle, Scrooge’s ex-fiance, and the Ghost of Christmas Future.
    “I think the audience will find comfort in the familiarity of the story, but be surprised by a new way of retelling it. There are some great stage tricks and funny moments that make it really interesting,” Halleen said. “When you come to see the show you’ll be truly impressed by the fact that the entire show was put on by kids. There is so much talent both on and off the stage.”
Tickets are $9 per person, and can be purchased at etix.com; www.burlingtonnc.gov/paramount; and by calling 800-514-3849 or visiting the box office between noon and 3 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and one hour prior to showtime.
Lily Pope is a home-schooler and a Teens & 20s writer.
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