Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas

September 15, 2012

Christmas (yes) is coming

By Deanna Brown
Corsicana Daily Sun

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While the thought of that normally strikes panic in my non-shopping heart, in this case, it’s a good thing.

Though the first official day of fall is a week from today, I discovered there are at least two people out there busily planning for Christmas.

C. David Hill and Jamie Marston Pritchett are two incredibly talented, patient men who love theatre and love to work with children.

The news?

This is the 200th birthday of Charles Dickens (who was born Feb. 1812) and to honor him, the Warehouse and the Children’s Theatre will perform Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.

Isn’t that fabulous news?

The kicker is, they need your help. Community theatre depends upon support from the community. Our town is so very fortunate to have such a rich, active arts district. And it’s up to us to support it wherever possible.

There will be a community meeting at 6 p.m. on Sept. 24 at the Warehouse Living Arts Theatre. This will be an information meeting, so if you or your service club, or class, or Sunday school group wish to help, you might try to show up.

Tryouts for A Christmas Carol will be Sept. 30 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., then again Oct. 1 from 6 to 8 p.m.

There are roles for kids age 5 and up, and adults to age 99. If you ever wanted to do anything at the warehouse, David said, now is the time to try out.

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“There are many ways for people to help out at the theater, here’s a sampling,” David said.

1) Can you sew lace on a dress? Hem some pants? Well, come on down!

2) Build and paint a set? If you can paint your living room, you can paint a set.

3) Help promote the show. Can you take flyers around Navarro County? Make calls to radio stations, churches, schools?

4) Talk to friends and co-workers about the show and tryouts?

5) Tell your book club or scout troop?

6) If you work at a school, tell your kids and plan to read the book with them.

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“There are many more ways to help, just come to the meeting and say ‘I can do that!’” Hill said. “I need people who can act, sing, dance a jig but more than that — just want to have fun and love the story of A Christmas Carol!”

Singers, dancers, actors, anyone with the magic of Christmas in their heart, and an enthusiasm for the season are welcome. Hill said it is a wonderful way to share this amazing Christmas story with your family.

Gerald Charles Dickens wrote of his great-great-grandfather’s work, “Why is A Christmas Carol so popular and why has it lasted well into its second century? I think, like any good story, it works on many different levels and has something for all. At its core, it is a wonderfully positive story about redemption that tells us however dark a person may be, there is always the chance to come out the other side and live a better life. We all need that affirmation, and to be given it every year is a cleansing process for all.”

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Deanna Brown is a Daily Sun staff writer, editorial assistant and editor of Explore magazine. Her column appears on Sundays. She may be reached via email at dbrown@corsicanadailysun.com. Want to “soundoff” on this column? Email: soundoff@corsicanadailysun.com