By Allie Jackson
Recently, I got the opportunity to attend MCHS’s A Christmas Carol. Many considered this show the best the school has ever seen, and I have to agree. This play was a long time in the making and took dedication from both students and teacher.
The week the play came out, I was able to sit in on a short practice. I watched as students rehearsed their lines and practiced their many stage cues. Stress levels were high with only a couple days left, and behind the curtain you could hear a student whisper, “We’re all going to need therapy after this play.” Some of the girls in the class shared with me that they were a little nervous about the outcome of the play, one of the main reasons being that there was such a large number of people involved.
“Lots of people have put lots of hard work into this play. I’m excited to see how it turns out.” -Summer McCool
There were over 200 people who participated in the play. All of the drama classes were involved in the production along with high school show choir, concert choir, junior high choir, and the local Anderson Dance Academy. When the big day finally came, family, friends, locals, and teachers alike, filled the room. The audience watched the story of Ebenezer Scrooge come to life.
I’m no theater critic, but I thought the play was great! JJ Richards who played Scrooge said he thought the play went well and that he thought most everyone enjoyed it. JJ also said he loved seeing all the kids come together for one play, and that he was impressed with the planning from Mr. Hester (The MCHS drama teacher).
“My favorite part was probably watching all the different groups together. There were 5 or 6 different groups performing and they didn’t practice together until the week of the show.” -JJ Richards
This is Mr. Hester’s first year at MCHS and he is already making a name for himself. I asked him a few question involving the play and future productions. The interview is as follows:
Question: How is your first year at McDonald County High School?
Mr. Hester: My first year has been very positive, filled with talented students, helpful colleagues, and supportive administration.
How do you think the play went?
Mr. Hester: The play, A Christmas Carol, was a great success due to the dedication of the students, and the talented faculty and staff that lead them including, Mr. Tyler Davis, Mr. Graham Bunting, Mrs. Shelly Capps, Mrs. Lisa Wallis, and Mrs. Staci Campbell.
What are your plans for next semester?
Mr. Hester: We are working on getting the rights to the spring musical, when this is accomplished we will announce the production to be produced in the performing arts center. We are also planning on presenting a Spring Showcase at the end of next semester in our black box theater (HS Room 401).
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