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Superior thespians serve up holiday cheer with 'A Christmas Carol'

The production is the first stage play at SHS in two years.

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Fred, left, played by Matthew Plesko, invites his uncle, Ebenezer Scrooge, played by English teacher Andy Wolfe, to Christmas dinner while Scrooge works at his desk on Christmas Eve during Superior High School’s practice of "A Christmas Carol" on Tuesday afternoon, Nov. 23, 2021. Jed Carlson / Superior Telegram

Live theater returns to Superior High School with a peek into Christmas past, present and future. Students will perform the Charles Dickens classic, “A Christmas Carol,” Dec. 2-4 in the high school’s performing arts center.

Co-directors Amber Gilbert and Cheri Tesarek decided to break from tradition this year. Instead of participating in the state one-act competition, they chose to focus on the SHS stage.

“Cheri and I wanted to get kids back into our theatre after COVID, and we wanted to do a show that would bring our community together. This is a well-loved and classic story, and we thought it would bring in actors and an audience,” Gilbert said.

“A Christmas Carol” has been on their future production list for years, she said, but it’s hard to pull off as a one-act, so they’re staging it as a holiday show.

“We have never done a Christmas show before, and thought it would be really fun to do one this year,” Gilbert said.

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A cast of 23, backed by a tech crew of 12, breathe life into the classic tale. Many students tackle multiple roles as Ebenezer Scrooge, a miserly curmudgeon, learns to change his ways. SHS English teacher Andy Wolfe was tapped to star as Scrooge.

“When Cheri and I decided on 'A Christmas Carol,' we immediately had the thought that Andy would be the most perfect Scrooge,” Gilbert said. “I was convinced he would say no, but he was ecstatic! It has been really fun working with Andy on this project. Not only is Andy great to direct, he is naturally incredibly talented. Also, he knows the text really well and so getting his insight has been invaluable.”

For many in the SHS drama department, “A Christmas Carol” signals a new beginning.

“We haven't done a play on the stage in two years. Only six of our cast and crew have ever been involved in a play before, and some of those kids have never acted on stage with a live audience,” Gilbert said. “Our students are so excited, and we're looking forward to giving them that experience. Live theatre is magic!”

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Ebenezer Scrooge, right, played by English teacher Andy Wolfe, touches the robe of the Ghost of Christmas Present, played by Dorian Ackman, during a practice of A Christmas Carol on Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021, at Superior High School. Jed Carlson / Superior Telegram

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She said they hope the play brings people together and gives them a boost of holiday spirit.

The high school production of “A Christmas Carol” will open its curtains at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 2, Friday, Dec. 3, and Saturday, Dec. 4, in the SHS performing arts center. The Dec. 2 performance will be American Sign Language interpreted.

Tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for students and are available at the door or on the Superior High School Drama website: https://www.onthestage.tickets/superior-high-school-theatre .

There is also an online option to purchase a candygram to be delivered to a cast or crew member before the show of your choosing. Candygrams can be purchased before each show.

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