Earlier this month, the Heritage High School Drama Department put on a new twist to an old classic in their performance of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. The new version, called A Christmas Carol: The Tale of Two Scrooges, included more than 100 members in the production, including students from Harper Park Middle School. In four of the eight performances, the play revolved around a female protagonist, Ernestina Scrooge, taking a new perspective on the iconic work.
Ernestina Scrooge (left, played by Amanda White) sends away Mrs. Shugborough (Allie Anderson), Mrs. Robinette (Katie Karam) and Mrs. Granby (Maggie Goff) after the trio asks for donations for the poor.
Jacob Marley (played by Jacob Littman) visits Scrooge in her chambers, warning that she will be visited by three spirits or will too face damnation.
In a flashback scene during a visit from the Ghost of Christmas Past, a young Ernestina Scrooge (played by Savannah Lambie, second from left) speaks with her love interest, Burt (played by Casey Tallungan) during a Christmas Even party by her mentor, Mr. Fezziwig (Jacob Coulter, second from right) and Mrs. Fezziwig (Jai-Lani Walker, far right).
The Ghost of Christmas Present (Maddie Sisson) takes Scrooge on another journey, this time to see the modern-day Christmas she has scorned.
On present-day Christmas, Scrooge’s nephew Fred (played by Nick Farro) talks with party guests Lavinia (left, played by Jordan Hebert) and Eva Doringer (Gurleen Singh) as they lament Scrooge’s cruel disposition.
In a vision of Christmas Future, Scrooge looks on as Mrs. Shugborough, Mrs. Robinette and Mrs. Granby speak gleefully about the miser’s death.
After visions from Christmas Past, Present and Future, Scrooge contemplates her life, and decides to reinvest herself into benevolence.
At the conclusion of the play, a changed Scrooge becomes a mother figure towards Tiny Tim (played by Tyler Whitehouse).
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