Quality traditions die hard.
And for the past eight years Granite City High School’s Fine Arts department has staged the holiday classic “A Christmas Carol.”
“This is something the community looks forward to every year,” Musical Director Don Stratton said. “I know people who come every year. It gets better and better every year and we try to make changes to make it better every year.”
Although the play will feature older music, it will include contemporary artists such as Celine Dion and The Carpenters, Stratton said. Stratton will also portray Ebenezer Scrooge for the eighth year in a row.
“It consumes who we are,” Stratton said of the production. “Everyone wants to see a transformation from bad to good. Scrooge is a perfect example. We’re working on the transformation part. Always before it’s been about a dream world. We’re trying to make his transformation more realistic.”
“A Christmas Carol” is based on the 1843 novel by Charles Dickens. In the course of the story, Scrooge is visited by the ghosts of Jacob Marley, his old business partner, as well as the ghosts of Christmas future, present and past. In the end his attitudes change toward Christmas.
Margaret Holland-Pennell will serve as director of choreography for the eight consecutive year. She said the “dancing and movement bring the show to life.” Holland-Pennell patterned the choreography after styles prominent in the 1840s.
The fine arts department will stage the play this year at 7 p.m. on Dec. 11, 12 and 13. It will also be staged at 2 p.m. Dec. 14.