'Scrooge! – the Musical' may get you in spirit

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By The Staff

If you're having trouble getting into the Christmas spirit, try a family night out to see "Scrooge! – the Musical." Familiar characters, such as Ebenezer Scrooge, Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim and the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future, are coming to life on stage.

The Community Playhouse of Lancaster County's winter production, based on the classic Charles Dickens' story, "A Christmas Carol," opens at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Stevens Auditorium at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster.

Lorrie Brewer, who plays the part of Mrs. Cratchit, said it's been an exciting experience to be in the cast. The Playhouse's reputation for quality productions has grown, attracting cast and crew from Rock Hill, Fort Mill, Waxhaw and Monroe, as well as people from all over Lancaster County, who are participating for the first time, she said.

"The music is beautiful, and the story takes away the 'busyness' of the holiday season and helps you realign your priorities," Brewer said.

The production itself will delight people of all ages, and the sets have been designed to involve the audience, Brewer said.

"It's an escape back in time to a winter wonderland," she said.

Joe Timmons, who directed the spring production of "Cinderella," is returning as director.

Timmons, the drama teacher at Andrew Jackson High School, came to Lancaster in January 2006, and almost immediately got involved with the CPLC.

He graduated from Lander University with a bachelor of arts in mass communication with a major in theater and minor in speech and directing.

Assisting Timmons is musical director Lizzie Earkle, AJ High School's music teacher and show choir director. This is Earkle's first production with the local theater group, but she has directed music for several productions of the Fort Mill Community Playhouse. She has a master's degree in music from Winthrop University.

The stage manager is Aaron Mungo, a junior at AJ High School.

Timmons said Mungo is a whiz at building sets.

"I just gave him the plans and said, 'Build this,' and he did," he said.

Wayne Carter, president of the Community Playhouse, said auditions for the spring musical performance of "Garden of Eden" are coming up. Parts are available for all ages. Those who wish to audition should bring a prepared musical selection. An accompanist will be provided.

Auditions are Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 10 and 11, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Stevens Auditorium, 476 Hubbard Dr.

For details, visit www.lancasterplayhouse.com.

Want to go?

What: "Scrooge! - The Musical"

Where: Stevens Auditorium, University of South Carolina at Lancaster, 476 Hubbard Drive, Lancaster

When: Friday, Saturday and Dec. 7 and 8 at 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday at 3 p.m.

Tickets: Advance tickets available at Silver & Spice Gifts, 408 N. White Street, or call 286-4438

Ticket prices: $15 for adult, $12 for students and seniors and $10 for children under 12