Children’s portrayal of “A Christmas Carol” is witty reminder to be kind

By Allison Marlow
Managing Editor
allisonm@gulfcoastmedia.com
Posted 12/2/22

GULF SHORES — Sometimes the ghosts of Christmas are a bit of a smarty pants.

As the Ghost of Christmas Present in South Baldwin Community Theatre's upcoming production of "A Christmas …

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Children’s portrayal of “A Christmas Carol” is witty reminder to be kind

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GULF SHORES — Sometimes the ghosts of Christmas are a bit of a smarty pants.

As the Ghost of Christmas Present in South Baldwin Community Theatre's upcoming production of "A Christmas Carol," Elizabeth Jones not only helps scare the holiday villain into behaving better, but she also zips him with a few witty one-liners.

The delightful take on the holiday classic is presented by a cast of 32 children, ages 7 - 13 as part of the theater's Young Artist Series.

The show opens tonight, Dec. 2 and runs through Dec. 11.

Director Marsha Guyer said most of the cast had never performed on stage previously and she believes she has only scratched the surface of what they can do.

"This cast is so talented I feel like I haven't even tapped into their abilities," Guyer said.

When the actors playing Scrooge and his younger self appear on stage, you don't need to rub your eyes. There are no mirrors at play or trickery.

The pair of characters are played by identical brothers who are part of a quadruplet of siblings, four babies born at once.

Cooper Newby, Scrooge, and his brother, Donald Newby, young Scrooge, are new to Gulf Shores from Oklahoma. Guyer said the pair make audiences take a double look when they appear on stage.

Audiences might remember Donald Newby in his role as King Julian in Exit Stage Left's production of "Madagascar" in October. In that show Newby portrayed the goofy and loveable lemur with exuberance and unforgettable pizazz.

Guyer said what makes the show most memorable is viewing the story that has been retold in every format imaginable through the eyes of children.

"They're teaching the adults about the spirit of giving," Guyer said. "Sometimes the adults forget about that."

Cast members are: Adelyn Rogers, Sean Price, Mila Miarka, Graham Wooten, Cooper Newby, McKinley Boughton, Kayla Ingersoll, Anna-Frances Roberson, Koen Slader, Delaney Bonds, Hampton Howard, Kenlee Leighton, Racheal Randall, Miles Smith, Donald Newby, Sophia Bauer, Elizabeth Jones, Alvin Wheat, Marian Ingersoll, Schrie Clarke, Caleb Johnson, Luna Collum, Evie Wooten, Charlie Wheat, Penny Rogers, Easton Bernard, Hayden-Kate Howard, Quinn Beckman, Emarie Manning, and Anna Frances Roberson.

Working behind the scenes on this production as crew are Cade Wittman, Robert W. Gardner, John Broughton, Ronnie Jackson, Barbara Campbell, Jordan Bodenhamer, Sandi Vines, Gael Hatcher and Rachael Hatcher.

Purchase tickets at www.sbct.biz.

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