Three Cheers for Ten Years!

Kat Smith and Wyatt Bridger

When you think of Christmas traditions, what comes to mind? Maybe it’s baking cookies with your family or opening presents on Christmas eve. For the community of Granite City, our tradition is Scrooge: A Christmas Carol. Over the past ten years, GCHS has brought the holiday spirit to our city by performing this classic musical with many different stage elements. This year alone there have been so many changes made to this classic script that it almost looks like a new play!

“I’m really excited to be on the other side of the stage. When you’re an actor, everything you worked on is shown shown in that one hour play. I’m so proud to a part of that and also very excited to be on the other watching and enjoying it.””

— Caeden Barron

Mr. Puhse, Granite City High School math teacher, is participating in his third Christmas Carol production. We asked him what he thought the biggest changes have been over the past few years and he said, “The musical numbers are more upbeat and complex. Choreography is more creative and the set is always changing. This year the set has been majorly redone and is way more fun and innovative.”

For the actors in Christmas Carol, the holiday season starts well before Halloween. Auditions are held in the second week of September and the rehearsal process begins a week later. These practices are typically three hours long but there have been many times when the cast has stayed past 9:30 p.m. on a school night.

For the past few years, Ed Cowley has videotaped the performances and sold DVDs to the cast, and Ben Cole has always taken stellar photos of the production. However, as cast members, we never get to see the final product of our hard work. This year, two seniors who have been in Christmas Carol for the past two years are actually taking a seat for this one and finally getting to watch the magic unfold. Wyatt Bridger and Caeden Barron, two active members of the theatre department here at GCHS, are not in the cast, but that won’t keep them away from the holiday spirit that Christmas Carol embodies.

“I love the show, I will miss performing this year, but the excitement over watching the show overrides that. Theatre kids don’t typically get to watch our own performances,” exclaimed Bridger.

Adding onto that Caeden said “I’m really excited to be on the other side of the stage. When you’re an actor, everything you worked on is shown shown in that one hour play. I’m so proud to a part of that and also very excited to be on the other watching and enjoying it.”

Do you want to witness the magic of Scrooge: A Christmas Carol? For $5, you and your family/friends can take part in keeping the holiday spirit alive. The Show is Dec. 8-11 in the high school’s PAC. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, the show it at 7:00pm and on Sunday the show is at 2:00pm. Come out and support the Granite City High School’s Theatre Department!