Argonaut students stage Dickens’ classic for the radio

Argonaut High School drama students perform a radio show for an audience Friday that will be broadcast Christmas Eve.

Drama students at Argonaut High School are set to present the ir seventh annual production of a radio version of “A Christmas Carol” on Friday, complete with dinner, a drawing and more.

Hearkening back to the good old days when families gathered around their radios for their evening entertainment, the drama students perform the show and Hometown Radio broadcasts the recorded performance of Charles Dickens’ classic. The holiday treat is performed in front of a live audience at 7 p.m. Friday, preceded by a spaghetti dinner that starts at 5:30 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room at Argonaut High School, 501 Argonaut Lane, Jackson. The show will then be broadcast at 3 p.m. Christmas Eve on KVGC 1340 AM, 96.5 FM and at kvgcradio.com.

Theatergoers enjoy a spaghetti dinner complete with salad and French bread, followed by a dessert auction and 50/50 raffle before the performance starts at 7 p.m. The hourlong dramatization of Dickens’ tale includes a specially crafted score and sound effects performed live by the students.

The cast features Joshua Whaling as Ebenezer Scrooge, Vanessa O’Brien as the Narrator, Christian Dabler as Jacob Marley, Charlene Chiero as the Ghost of Christmas Past, Daniel Maysee as the Ghost of Christmas Present, Mitchell DuBoise as Bob Cratchit, Ashlyn Frost as Mrs. Cratchit, Charity Goldsmith-Ding as Belle, Wyatt Calestini as Fred, Karlie Stein as Kate, Chloe Hattan as Tiny Tim and Alexia Wheeler as Fan, with advanced and beginning drama students rounding out the ensemble.

Tickets are $17.50 for adults and $7.50 for ages 4 to 10 at the door. Because of the nature of the performance, the students recommend children younger than 4 may not be able to sit for the show. Drama students are also selling tickets in person. Donations to support the program are encouraged.

For more information, contact Dale Flint at dflint@acusd.org.

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