Winter Park Christian Church drama resurrects Dickens’ Scrooge
March 18, 2008
Not unlike the story about Scrooge in the famous Charles Dickens tale, Jesus Christ’s resurrection tells of rebirth.
Several members at Winter Park Christian Church are hoping to share a creative twist to the classic Dickens’ story and are staging two performances of this year’s Easter drama Thursday and Friday. The play is called “An Easter Carol” or the “Story of Scrooge They Don’t Want You to Know.”
Many know the famous “Scrooge” Christmas story through Hollywood and the movies or through student performances. Ken Anderson, congregation member and the creative script writer and director for the church dramas for the last several years, said he wanted to take the powerful story of believing in Christmas and how it changes Scrooge and adapt it to believing in Easter.
“I’ve always wanted to do the ‘Christmas Carol’ but it’s been done to death (no pun intended) in movies and plays,” he said. “I wanted to do something unique with that story, keeping as much as possible to the original, and this came to me after a lot of prayer.”
At the beginning of this year Anderson took Dickens’ “Christmas Carol” tale and adapted it to fit the Easter holiday. “If you think about it, the story of Scrooge is as much about death as it is about life,” he said. “The play is about how believing in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ changes a person.”
The presentation keeps to the original story, language and time period by Dickens (as much as possible and allowing only for the change in holiday). The show also includes part of the soundtrack from the movie “Passion of the Christ” directed by Mel Gibson.
Returning performers are Steve McKenzie, Ed Jackson, Pete and Kelly Little, Jill Clemons, Laura and Jacob Magee, and Todd, Kirsten and Micah Palmer. New talents in the church spotlight include Marlan Anderson, Karen Hendrickson, and Brianna Beckerle. Kris Little is the talent behind the costume design, with other costumes on loan from the Grand Arts Council; and Pete Little and Anderson put the set together.
Anderson hopes audiences come away from the performances with several things in mind: “1.) That someone who is ‘dead’ in life can have their heart renewed and their nature changed by God becoming alive as we were meant to be.
“2.) That Jesus, who is the son of God, died and arose again to save mankind and resolve the separation in your relationship with God.
“3.) That there is also life after death as described in the Bible.”
Residents and visitors are encouraged to come find out how he, the cast and crew spread these messages while keeping to the original story about Scrooge.
The Winter Park Christian Church is located one mile west of Tabernash at 274 Ponderosa Trail. Infant and toddler care is provided. Some scenes, including the graveyard scene, are considered intense and may not be suited for young children.