Special to the Bulletin
The Early High School Concert Choir is presenting “Scrooge,” the beloved Christmas story of the transformation of the miserable, miserly Ebenezer Scrooge into a lovable person as the result of his encounters with ghosts of Christmases Past, Present and Future.
The musical involves students from the Early elementary, middle and high school, as well as several members of the community. It opens at 8 p.m. Saturday, with a 2:30 p.m. matinee Sunday and a 7:30 p.m. Monday finale at the Early High School Student Activity Center.
Tickets may be purchased from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at the main office at Early High School and will also be available at the door. Ticket prices are $5 in advance and $7.50 at the door.
Judy Reed, choral director for the Early Independent School District, said this adaptation of “Scrooge” is much the same score as the 1970 film version featuring Albert Finney as “Scrooge” and includes the popular song titles, “I Hate People,” Tiny Tim’s solo, “On a Beautiful Day” and “Thank You Very Much.”
The cast includes (in order of appearance): Ryan Rives as Scrooge; Phillip Bertrand as the nephew, Harry; Warren Ethridge as Bob Cratchit; Ashley Garrett as Kathy; David Morales as Tiny Tim; Hillary Humes as the rich woman and Brianna Childs and Michaela Blanton as her daughters. Other cast members include: Cassie Castillo as Bess; Brandi Armstrong as the wine merchant and Mary; Kendall Ringler as Mr. Cartstairs and Dick Wilkins; Lindsay Gober, as a beggar woman; Kayla Hullum as Mrs. Pringle; and Kagan Mercer, Kaeden Chasteen, Brian Garrison, Lindy Davis, Caitlynd Henry, Jakali King, Kelbie Crelia and Kelcie Hunter as street urchins.
The players and character list also includes: Luke Henry and Jocelyn Jollygoode; Sloan Byerly as Hugo Harty and Topper; Janice Bush as Mrs. Dilber; Reca Godfrey as Miss Dilber; Mia Serrato as Bissett the Butcher; Nolan Ethridge as Tom Jenkins; Trenton Carothers as Jacob Marley; Daniel Bertrand as Christmas Past; Melissa Rucker as the teacher Mrs. Bleak; Shawna McDanel as Jen; Trey Fawcett as “Boy” Ebenezer; and Karson Holamon as Fezziwig.
Other cast members are: Timothy Cason as Young Ebenezr; Abby Giles as Isabel; Kyndall Howard as Mrs. Fezziwig; Hannah Baslee as Christmas Present; Tiffany Greeley as Mrs. Cratchit; Christine Salmon as Martha; Taylor Sullivan as Belinda Cratchit; Quaylen Lykes as Peter Cratchit; and Hannah Gramling as Helen. Those cast as townspeople are Janna Allen, Angela Alsides, Bree Bean, Sarah Davis, Julia Loudermilk, Sarah Russell, Holly Kuykendall, Paige Cook, Brittany Wilson, Lance Morris, Jacob Ryan, Shelby Hulse, Kelcie Silva, Caleb Calloway, Libby Underwood, Jayslin King, Jordyn Senkirik, Jessica Harris, Jarrah Joyner, Delaney Hutson, Rachel Parks, Cassidie Henry, Sarah Senkirik, McKenzie Campbell and Kyra Meader.
Reed said stage manager for the production is Jimma Cornelius. The orchestra is being directed by Kirk Woolery and Allen Reed is accompaniest. Austin Bynum is light director and Nancy Jo Humfeld directed the choreography. Also, Joy Renee Blackstock is a new choral teacher for the EISD.