Tickets are now on sale for the musical, "A Christmas Carol," suitable for all ages and presented by the talented students of Camdenton High School's Laker Theatre Company. The play is a classic Christmas production based on the book by Charles Dickens. Las Vegas-based company, Flying by Foy, spent several days at the high school rigging the mechanical flying system and teaching the students proper safety techniques. This is the same company that was used last year in the production of "The Wizard of Oz" and several years ago in "Peter Pan."
"We have tried some different things this year with our flying," states Jo Beth Nicklas, the show's director. "Since this is our third time working with Flying by Foy, and all of our students who operated the system last year are returning to do it again, we were able to work out some different and unexpected effects. The song, "Link by Link" with the Ghost of Marley is a particularly intricate number that has taken hours of rehearsal to work through."
The production involves more than 75 talented student performers, numerous musicians, many backstage crew members and countless hours of work from the high school's theater arts and costume design and construction classes. Rachel Harmon will serve as stage manager this year and will be running the entire show from her post backstage on the performances. All of this is overseen by faculty members in the theater, vocal music, instrumental music and family and consumer science departments, who collaborate on the production as a whole. A new collaborative addition this year is a backdrop painted by the CHS Art Club.
"Having the expertise of the teachers and student of the visual arts department has allowed us to add this intricate backdrop I think our audience is really going to enjoy." The backdrop is inspired by a city of London scene in Camdenton High School Alumni and Hall of Leader Member, Chuck Fischer's, pop up book based on A Christmas Carol. Fischer is a well-known artist who currently resides New York City.
The show will take place at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 7, at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Saturday Dec. 8, and at 2 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 9. Tickets are $5 for students and children and $7 for adults.
For phone orders and more information, call 573-216-8926. Tickets may also be purchased online at www.camdentonschools.org for an added convenience fee. Limited seating may be available at the door.