On Tuesday, November 29, 2016 and Wednesday, November 30, 2016 the students of the 11th grade were able to enjoy the famous play “A Christmas Carol”, directed by Paul Stebbings, produced by Grantly Marshall (The American Drama Group) and performed by a touring “TNT Theatre London” ensemble.
Originally a novel, “A Christmas Carol” was first published in 1843. Criticizing the 19thcentury society featuring the greedy protagonist Ebenezer Scrooge as a figurehead for industrial capitalists, Dickens’ work rapidly gained its everlasting popularity and was adapted for both, theatre and cinema, several times.
Not only the iconic “Humbug!” but the many songs and jokes enlivened the play and thrilled the audience to the happenings on stage as time went by swiftly, and with it the ghosts of Christmas-Past, Present and Future, smoothly.
Afterwards some students even had the chance to ask the six performers questions on the play and an actor's everyday life. For instance we found out that rehearsals for the play started only three weeks ahead of the premiere. The actors even let us know how their personality affects the portrayal of characters, and whether it is easy for them to memorize their lines or not.
The troupe, assembled of freelance actors, will continue touring Europe until Christmas before heading back home to the United Kingdom to see their families again.
Jonas Wehner, Q11