Winter play welcomes December with holiday cheer


Mia Cassin

The cast of “A Christmas Carol: Scrooge and Marley” rehearses in the Studio Theater.

DGS Drama presents “A Christmas Carol: Scrooge and Marley” Dec. 1-4 in the Studio Theatre.
The Thursday, Friday and Saturday shows will perform at 7 p.m. with the Sunday show being a 2 p.m. matinee.

This title is a different take on the popular story of “A Christmas Carol.” English teacher and winter play director Nathaniel Haywood explains the unique elements this adaptation adds.

“This version of the classic story stays true to the original storyline but has two crucial and interesting differences. The first is that it uses the character of Jacob Marley, who is typically only seen as a ghost in one scene, as the central narrator. The second is the inclusion of carolers singing during scenes and transitions, which enhances the Christmas spirit and engagement of the show,” Haywood said.

In anticipation of the holiday title bringing in more audience members, the show was extended to a four-day run, as opposed to the typical three-day shows DGS Drama presents.

In addition, opening and closing nights will be met with special activities: The Winter Play Opening Night Gala and Family Day. Before the Thursday show, audience members are invited to enjoy hot cocoa, cookies and holiday music in the commons to get into the holiday spirit. Following the Sunday show, audience members will be invited to take pictures on stage with characters and sing carols with the cast.

Senior, carpenter and sound tech Aidan Sullivan is looking forward to seeing the unique elements of the set in action.

“This show is unique because of the turn table. I’ve been here since my freshman year so I’ve been building sets for four years and we have never had a turntable here. We pulled this out of stock for the first time. I’m excited to see it hopefully work,” Sullivan said.

All members of the Downers Grove community are encouraged to attend to start off their December with holiday spirit.

“Come with your friends it’s a fun show to have. It seems like we have a younger cast too so we get to see a lot of the younger talent we have here at south,” Sullivan said.

Tickets can be purchased at the door; however, seating is limited, so audience members are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance in the student activities office. Children and senior citizens cost $5, adults cost $10 and District 99 students are free with ID.