By Matthew Liedke
A bitter, rich old man is visited on Christmas Eve by three ghosts. It sounds like the classic Charles Dickens story that we know, but the North Dakota State College of Science Performing Arts Department is putting a little spin on the timeless tale with a “Christmas Carol” parody.
The full name of the play is “The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society’s Production of ‘A Christmas Carol.’”
The play, according to director Melissa Frank, follows a group of women who are trying to put on a production of “A Christmas Carol,” but it doesn’t go according to plan.
“There are technical problems, the cast shows up late and many of them forget their costume changes,” Frank said.
The play was written by David McGillivray and Walter Zerlin Jr., and Frank said the original script is British, however, the NDSCS crew has “Americanized” it a bit.
“It’s a show that not as many people have heard of, but once people see it and know how funny it is, word of mouth really spreads,” Frank said.
For Frank, despite being a first-time director, she is very familiar with the play after having worked on other productions before.
“I figured for my first time directing I would do something with a smaller cast and with something I am familiar with,” she said.
The cast of the play is made up of students who are doing the production as an extra curricular activity.
“I hope that through this, more people become aware of the performing arts department at NDSCS,” Frank said. “There is a big need for more drama in the community.”
The play will be performed at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 18 through Thursday, Nov. 20, with all shows at the Bremer Bank Theatre in the Harry Stern and Ella Stern Cultural Center on the NDSCS campus.
Photo courtesy of the Wahpeton Daily News
Department: Performing Arts