Wednesday, November 16, 2011

RHS theater prepares for winter play

By: Emma Shinn

December 9-10 a group of Ripley students will perform A Christmas Carol, a play based on the classic story written by Charles Dickens. As of publication, the productions are set to be open for the community, at 7 p.m., but director and theatre teacher Christina Iman is discussing the possibility of a school production as well.

A Christmas Carol is, as most everyone knows, the story of a grumpy old businessman named Ebenezer Scrooge who discovers the true meaning of Christmas with the help of a few ghosts, namely those of Christmas Past, Present, and Future, and his deceased business partner Jacob Marley. Senior Will Mullins will play Scrooge, while the Christmas ghosts will be played by juniors Danielle Vealey and Matt Jacobs, and senior Jared Mullins, respectively.

“[The experience] has been great,” said sophomore Matthew Taylor, who will play Bob Cratchet. “It’s going to be a good show.”

First-time director Iman said she was most excited “just to be able to bring a classic piece of literature to the stage in a somewhat professional manner.”

The RHS theater will be producing other plays throughout the school year, including a spring musical, and a one-act sometime after the first of the year. While plans for the spring musical are being kept top secret for the moment, Iman noted that the planned one-act will be a piece that is taken to a regional competition in Parkersburg. According to Iman, this will be the first time “in a long while” that Ripley has gone to an acting competition. The winning school there will get to go onto a state acting competition.

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