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HOMER-CENTER: Classic holiday tale 'A Christmas Carol' to be staged

by By JULIA BUGGEY, Gazette Student News Reporter on November 15, 2013 11:00 AM

HOMER CITY — We are proud to announce that Homer-Center High School’s musical production of “A Christmas Carol” hits the stage in one week. As for now, the dates of the musical will be Nov. 22, beginning with a preview for the entire school district during the school day, followed by a 7 p.m. showing that night. A final showing of the performance will also be on Nov. 23, also at 7 p.m.

We are all familiar with the story of Scrooge and his grumpiness towards the Christmas holiday; however, a musical production of this traditional story gives it quite an interesting twist.

The beginning scene is set in the streets of London, filled with all of its citizens, both poor and rich. Some of the main roles, including Scrooge, are introduced and Scrooge’s pure hatred for the holiday season along with his annoyance toward the poor townspeople is made known.

The musical then travels into the homes of different characters as Scrooge’s inhumane qualities continue to rub off harshly on some very key characters that reappear later, but in a more spiritual form, so to say. Soon after, the traditional scenes and visitors consisting of Marley and the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future will take place.

This musical version of the story really shapes Scrooge’s past in a way that is understandable, showing flashbacks of Scrooge’s life and why exactly he became the selfish monster that he is. Scrooge’s family members — protrayed by some of the younger elementary students — as well as a glimpse of the failure of his love life will be included in his memories. The audience will see the festivities that Scrooge attended as a young and established man, including an extravagant annual Christmas ball.

From this point, the remaining two ghosts also take Scrooge on his much needed journeys as he learns his lessons and corrects the wrongs he has done. These entertaining scenes are filled with dance numbers and beautiful songs such as “Christmas Together,” “God Bless Us Every One,” and much more.

We hope that you’ll come enjoy and anticipate this production as we begin to dive into the Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons.

With the show time date inching closer and closer, the actors and actresses are going through the final touches to meet the show’s expectations. Behind the scenes, Patrick Clark, cast in the main role of Ebenezer Scrooge, informed us on what it’s like to put a show together.

Clark, a senior this year, having experience with significant musical roles in the past, said, “Being a lead in the musical is truly a big deal and requires a lot of work and dedication of time. Personally, it’s an honor for me to play this role, considering this will be my last musical here at Homer-Center.” 

After experiencing the kind of character Clark must portray, he realized the amusement of playing a rather complex character.

“I’ve been able to have lots of fun with acting rude and mean without anyone taking it personally. Quite honestly, playing the role of Scrooge is actually a pretty good outlet for built-up emotions at times. I have high hopes for this musical and I’m excited to see its messages and seasonal significance bring the Christmas spirit early to everyone’s hearts,” Clark said.

We’d like to thank the producers of the show — Joy Wilson, high school chorus instructor; Homer-Center English teacher Lou Stepanik; and elementary school music teacher Tammy Menk — for putting forth their efforts every year to make our shows a success.

The shows will be held in Homer-Center’s J.S. Byers Auditorium, the doors opening at 6:15 p.m. on both nights of the show. For those wanting to reserve their seats, here’s a heads up that reserved seating tickets will be $8 each and can be purchased from now up until Nov. 21 at the Homer-Center High School office. Tickets purchased at the door on show nights will be $5 each for those wishing to attend.

On a side note, we’d like to give a shout out and wish good luck to Homer Center’s fantastic football team as they advance further into the playoffs. The Wildcats will play host to Bishop Carroll in the District 6 semifinals Saturday.

In addition, we also would like to wish another good luck to the members of the Quiz Bowl team, who will also be competing early next week.

We’d like to congratulate our members as they competed last week and were victorious on Tuesday.

On an ending note, we will soon be collecting items for the annual and well-known Basket of Love. Plan to have students bring in their items within the later days of this month.

Well, that just about wraps up the weekly news for Homer-Center. We hope to see your faces in the audience of our performance of “A Christmas Carol.”

Don’t forget to tune in next week for more news articles and Homer-Center events as we make our way into the chilly holiday seasons.

PHOTO:  Scrooge (Patrick Clark), left, and The Ghost of Christmas Past (Tonee Clawson) rehearsed for “A Christmas Carol,” to be staged at 7 p.m. Nov. 22 and 23 at Homer-Center High School.  (Julia Buggey/Homer-Center High School)

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