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Local students bring A Christmas Carol to Fort Saskatchewan

Students at St. Andre Bessette High School are bringing the classic Dickens Christmas tale to life this weekend.

On December 14, the schools fine arts class will be hosting their production of A Christmas Carol at the Shell Theatre at 7:30 p.m.

A Christmas Carol was published by Charles Dickens in 1843 and tells the tale of Ebenezer Scrooge, an elderly man who is visited by the spirits of Christmas.

Nicki Cross, the fine arts teacher at the school, said that this is her first holiday production.

“There was lots of research, lots of planning, and lots of rehearsals,” said Cross. “We can't give away all of our secrets, but we have a bit of magic under our sleeves.”

“We want the ghosts to really come to life.”

The title role of Ebenezer Scrooge will be played by Grade 12 student McKinley Thompson, who has had a passion for the fine arts for years.

“I just love becoming a character. You're given a personality to represent, and then having to form yourself around that character, I've always loved that,” said Thompson. “Just becoming a new person on the stage.”

The show is most suitable for junior high students and older and may contain frightening scenes not suitable for younger children.

“I just wanted to give credit to my peers. We've put so much thought into this performance. We built all the sets ourselves and so many people are making props. I'm really proud of my whole crew.”

Tickets for the show are available at the Dow Centennial Centre, or on the ticketpro website.

McKinley Thompson as Ebenezer Scrooge.