This weekend, December 1st and 2nd, Hackett is performing their version of Ebenezer, an adaptation of A Christmas Carol, by Bryan Zocher. I watched this play on Monday, and here are my thoughts.
Even though I watched this play on tech day, a day for practice, run throughs, and no costumes, the students still did a great job telling the story of Ebenezer. I genuinely recommend that everyone should come to watch this weekend.
Watching my friends and classmates in a different light was fascinating. Seeing them show off their performing and technological talents that I don't see everyday made the play personal, since I was not just watching strangers perform, but friends. The students performed the play very well and have great talent to show off.
Director and English teacher Tucker Rafferty is excited for this performance. After years of touring Ebenezer, he is ready to see what these kids can do.
“I have always loved A Christmas Carol, and I did the New Vic version for 12 years, and so my buddy, Bryan Zocher, wrote me an adaptation of the original novella, and we toured it for a long time… it is a simple tale of redemption, and that's what is so good about it.”
Directors are not the only people having fun with this performance, but the crew is too. The lighting crew has been experimenting with combining colors from different angles to give a ghostly but fun mood.
The lead actor The lead actor Keegan Gallagher, playing Ebenezer, said, “we have a lot of people who are excited to be here and there are a lot of learning opportunities. It's not people talking away and doing everything on their own, they’re like teaching each other how to act in more of a learning environment… Hackett always comes through on our productions.”
The play is only available this weekend on Friday at 7pm, and on Saturday at 2pm and 7pm. Tickets cost $10 for students and seniors, and $12 for adults. You can get $1 off for bringing a can or toy for donation. Tickets can be purchased at https://hacketttheatre.ludus.com/200445130 or at the door. This play is one for everyone and we hope to see you there!
Written by Celia Harris and Charles Gordon