'A Christmas Carol' brings dramatic weight to life at Schuylkill Valley

Item photo by Shea Singley Schuylkill Valley Play
Item photo by Shea Singley Schuylkill Valley Play

Schuylkill Valley High School Drama presented its fall play in the high school auditorium on Nov. 16. This year, the students performed “A Christmas Carol” to a full house.

Once the audience made it through to their seats and the lights dimmed, Tim Mogford, Director, introduced himself and gave some background information on why this play as well as some background on the Dickens' classic.

“Thank you very much for coming,” said Mogford. “I like to see theater as an extension of our students' education.”

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He explained that Charles Dickens dedicated six weeks of his life working on “A Christmas Carol” and writing it for the poor in England.

“This was an act of love. A love song to the English poor,” said Mogford. “It is a reminder to thank all our lucky stars.”

The young actors took to the stage to showcase their acting as well as singing talents on a stage with beautiful and well crafter sets. Between scenes, the audience would applaud their performances in the dark theater.

Playing the lead role of Ebenezer Scrooge was senior Nate Rothermel who is no stranger to drama productions and musical productions at Schuylkill Valley. He also performed in a production of “Much Ado About Nothing “ at Gring's Mill this summer. According to the play bill Nate “hopes he will continue to fill present and future roles with poise and professionalism, always keeping the audience hungry for more.”

The ghosts included Kevin Leon Cook as The Ghost of Jacob Marley, Katie Kemmerer as The Ghost of Christmas Past, Luke Higgins as The Ghost of Christmas Present and Austin Burkevage as The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come.

Bob Cratchit was played by Carter Michael Yenser and Tiny Tim was Molly Mogford who according to the play bill was begged by her father to play the role and she is in fourth grade.

All of the students, teachers and volunteers involved put on a memorable performance and deserved all of the audience applause.

“With grateful thanks to all of our parent volunteers who have made this evening's performance possible,” said the drama group in the play bill.

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Shea Singley

Shea Singley is the editor of The Hamburg Area Item. She grew up in Berks County and spent three years at the University of Arizona, Tucson, where she double majored in Creative Writing and English before transferring to Kutztown University where she majored in Professional Writing. Shea graduated from Kutztown University in 2012 and during that time completed an internship in the publication department of a non-profit organization in Washington, DC. She joined Berks-Mont Newspapers in March of 2013 and had enjoyed getting the chance to explore the Hamburg area and meet the readers. Reach the author at ssingley@berksmontnews.com or follow Shea on Twitter: @hamburgitem.