A Christmas Carol: Scrooge and Marley
By Lydia Rumley-Wells (Senior Class of 2015)
On the nights of December 5th and 6th the Nicaragua Christian Academy Drama Department successfully staged the classic “A Christmas Carol: Scrooge and Marley” written by Israel Horovitz and based on Charles Dickens’ beloved novel.
Flashback to September and the Eagle Center is packed with nervous students, clutching numbers and waiting their turn to take the stage and try out. Last spring’s hit “The Desires of Your Heart” is fresh on everyone’s mind. Both returning actors and new faces want to be a part of this year’s production. In the end, twenty-five students were chosen to make up the cast and everyone set to work memorizing lines and building sets.
Mr. David Weigand, director and mastermind behind the NCA Drama Department led a doubled fronted effort to prepare for opening night. On one hand, there were actors to train and prepare, and on the other hand there was an intricate set made up of rotating houses to construct, decorate, and furnish.
Perhaps there were moments where it seemed dubious that everything would come together after a mere two months of rehearsals and building. However between the dedicated help of wonderful people such as Mrs. Erinn Izzo, a committed cast, and a healthy amount of prayer, “Scrooge and Marley” opened and ran successfully.
Scotty Parajón and Raquel Reyes carried the story as the titular Scrooge and Marley, respectively. Mr. Parajón was nearly unrecognizable under layers of makeup wrinkles and a head of white hair. His grumbling turn as the miserly, cruel wreck of a money lender who has a brush with ghosts and experiences an extreme change of heart was repulsive and moving in turn. Ms. Reyes fully embodied Scrooge’s spectral ex-partner. Her laughter was sure to raise the hair on the back of anyone’s neck and her role as narrator hoping that her partner did not share her fate was both amusing and spooky.
Scrooge’s three ghostly visitors: Christmas Past, Christmas Present, and Christmas Future were played by Annie Cuellar, Hery Lee, and Nate Izzo. Each ghost brought with them a time period in Scrooge’s life that felt as vivid and complex as the present before Christmas and the cast of characters that inhabited the years was diverse, heart-breaking, and side-splitting.
The characters took center stage in “Scrooge and Marley” but that stage was not stationary. The set was made up of three rotating buildings: the Cratchit house, Scrooge’s counting house, and Scrooge’s house. All three moved to accommodate the changing times and scenes and the effect added depth and character to the proceedings. Closing night even included a surprise snowfall in Nicaragua as Scrooge walked home.
“A Christmas Carol: Scrooge and Marley” is over now but the memories, pictures, videos, and props remain. Nicaragua Christian Academy accomplished something major with this production and we will cherish the memories and look on to what more we can accomplish in the coming years. And so, in the words of Tiny Tim, “God bless us, everyone!”
Published on December 10, 2015. Written by Lydia Rumley-Wells. Photos by Tony Thomas.