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Vogt directs Charles Dickens classic for holiday production
In preparation for their performances of "A Christmas Carol," drama students Elijah Beukers, '14, left, and Ricky Lopez, '11, rehearse a scene. The drama class will present the play in Ground Zero at 7 p.m. on Nov. 29 and Dec. 11.
As artistic groups on campus prepare for their Christmas productions, the drama class daily inches closer to performing Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol.
The play will be performed in Ground Zero at 7 p.m. on Nov. 29 and Dec. 11.
Drama instructor Brianne Vogt selected this play for her 19-member cast to reflect the Christmas season.
"I chose to do A Christmas Carol because it is a timeless Christmas classic," Vogt said. "The characters and values of Charles Dickens's story have found their way into popular culture and into the Christmas traditions of many families. Producing this show is a wonderful way to celebrate that and, of course, to celebrate the fast-approaching Christmas season."
Because she recognized practical significance in the story, Vogt chose to portray it on stage.
"There are lessons to be learned for anyone watching," Vogt said. "Throughout Scrooge's [main character] journey, he is shown scenes from the past, present and future; but rather than just having Scrooge and the audience imagine these scenes, there are actors on stage showing you them. I think it has the potential to be very powerful."
Instead of collaborating with musical groups on a Christmas performance, like with last year's Agnus Dei, the drama class faces an independent production.
"Preparation for this show has definitely been more complex than preparing for Agnus Dei last season," Vogt said. "There isn't the same element of collaboration that last year's production had. Instead of drama playing just a small role in the overall production, drama now is the production, which naturally places more responsibility on my plate and on the plates of the actors."
Despite the change in development, Vogt looks forward to a successful show.
"I feel the show is coming along quite well and have every confidence it will turn out to be an enjoyable performance," Vogt said.
Admission is $3 for FC staff and students, $5 for general admission and $4 for seniors and non-FC students with ID. There is no charge for children under 5. Tickets will be sold at the door.
For more information on the drama department, read the May 13 article, 'Act Your Age!' to conclude drama season.