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MCHS Drama Students Prepare For Upcoming Show, A Christmas Carol

by Alexus Underwood / SPECIAL TO MCDONALD COUNTY PRESS | November 24, 2021 at 6:08 a.m.
ALEXUS UNDERWOOD/SPECIAL TO MCDONALD COUNTY PRESS Students in costume as they practice A Christmas Carol. The show will be offered in the Performing Arts Center at MCHS.

ANDERSON -- McDonald County High School students are preparing for their annual play, A Christmas Carol, which will be open to the public Friday, Dec. 10, at 7 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 11, at 7 p.m.; and Sunday, Dec. 12, at 2 p.m.

Wyatt Hester, director of theater at MCHS, said the show incorporates the whole community and is a unique experience at the high school.

"I said, 'I want to get the entire community involved,' and that means we want the high school choir in it, we want the junior high choir in it, and we want the Anderson Dance Academy in it," Hester said, smiling from his seat.

The show incorporates about 35 high school choir students, 30 middle school choir students, 25 dancers from Anderson Dance Academy, and 80 drama students. Hester added that MCHS's principal, Angie Brewer, mentioned in an interview that she wanted the school to offer more incorporating events -- a goal Hester believes he's meeting with A Christmas Carol.

Hester said the students working on the play are able to learn life lessons from the show as well as change the hearts of audience members.

"The best part of the show is when the kids realize they've changed people's hearts with what they've done on stage," Hester said. "And they learn so much about how life is supposed to work."

Devin Swanson, a senior drama student and president of the MCHS Dabbs Greer Theater Society, said this year he's playing the part of Bob Cratchit, a part he's wanted to play since he was a freshman in high school.

Swanson said he connects with the character he plays and the message of the play, something he thinks anyone could enjoy.

"I think anybody can come see this," Swanson said. "People of every age understand the message it's trying to send and they know the whole redemption/salvation thing is something that everybody of every age can get around to."

Swanson said, in addition to the message of the show, he believes community members should watch the students perform to feel a sense of community, see the production quality, the cast, and the work from the director.

Jacob Winkler, a junior at MCHS, plays Ebenezer Scrooge in the show. Winkler said his favorite thing about the play is the message it presents.

"This show, there's such a strong message of redemption and of salvation, really, and it's such an important story with important characters, and I think being a part of it really does a great deal of good," Winkler said.

Winkler said the show brings the community together around the holidays and offers an important message that everyone can benefit from.

"The characters have such depth to them, it's a very well-written show," Winkler said, chuckling at his desk. "And I love just how emotional the characters can be."

Winkler said people should attend the show to see the message and production quality being offered by the MCHS drama department.

Hester, Swanson and Winkler said A Christmas Carol is a holiday tradition they've come to look forward to each year and hope community members will join them in that tradition.

Tickets at each show are $10 for adults and $5 for children.

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