Catasauqua High School Drama Club will present “The Trial of Ebenezer Scrooge,” by Mark Brown, Nov. 16-18.
This comedy is a twist on Charles Dickens’ classic story “A Christmas Carol.” In this tale, a year has passed since the Ghosts have visited Scrooge. His change of heart did not stick, and he is now suing Jacob Marley and the Ghosts of Christmases Past, Present and Yet to Come for breaking and entering, kidnapping, slander, pain and suffering, attempted murder and emotional stress during his spiritual adventure.
Many of the characters from the original story, including Bob Cratchit and Marley, appear in the courtroom to testify as witnesses. One of the Ghosts cracks under the pressure and admits to breaking an important rule. This confession may lead to fatal consequences.
The cast consists of 21 actors. Ben Langsdorf is portraying Scrooge. Judge Pearson, who presides over the courtroom, is played by Lavonte Bouie, and Kaleb Croft plays Solomon Rothschild, the lawyer representing the Ghosts. Cratchit is played by William Elston, and Aidan Heil will bring Marley to life.
Most of the students have been involved in the spring musicals; however, many students opted to do a straight play for the fall production. This means they did not have to worry about learning songs and choreography.
This allowed the students the opportunity to experience a different style of theater. Many students reported pages of dialogue can be daunting without a song or dance to break things up. This experience pushed the students out of their comfort zone and challenged them to grow as actors.
Is Scrooges’ motive revenge, or does he have an ulterior motive? See the show to find out. The production runs 7 p.m. Nov. 16 and 17 and 2 p.m. Nov. 18 in the Catasauqua High School auditorium, 2500 W. Bullshead Road, Northampton.
This is the first year the Drama Club is presenting a fall production under the direction of Brenda McGuire. Kerry McGuire and Jessica Englert are the assistant directors, and William Smith serves as stage manager. The set design and construction are courtesy of Bob Kurczeski. Holly Kaepel provided the lighting design, and Jeff Reichard works the spotlight.
All tickets are general admission at $8 and will be available at the door. To purchase tickets in advance, visit cattydrama.ludus.com. Everyone, regardless of age, requires a ticket to attend a performance.