A Christmas Carol That Almost Wasn’t

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When WWHS Theatre Director Susan Radin chose Charles Dickens “A Christmas Carol” for this year’s December Drama everyone was thrilled with the choice.  Auditions and rehearsal began along with designing a set, securing rights to scripts, developing costumes and props, etc. A flurry of activity on stage and behind the scenes began to take place.  Enter Hurricane Sandy.

Set builders were backed-up or not available due to the sudden need for carpenters and in many cases they were making repairs to their own homes damaged by the super storm. The high school sustained considerable damage, which affected access for students and staff.  Almost two weeks of instruction were disrupted which dramatically affected rehearsal as one can imagine. Some wondered if it would even be possible to put on the production but as they say “The show must go on!”

The week after Sandy involved crazy last minute arrangements to get the set built, but that was just the start.  With Thanksgiving a few days away how would the set get painted in time for dress rehearsal when school resumed on Monday?  Enter Mrs. Dollin and the Lamplighters.

The Lamplighters, a theatre/concert lighting, sound and stage club made up of the finest dedicated students at WWHS, volunteered along with their advisor to come in over the vacation and in the final hour arrangements were secured through the facilities department to get the building open and the set built and painted. Mrs. Radin and her students will literally have only four days to rehearse with the set, lights and costumes. No fall drama this year?  Bah Humbug!

This year’s production of “A Christmas Carol” at the Walt Whitman High School Performing Arts Center was performed on November 30 and December 1st at 7:30pm and December 2nd at 2pm.  Tickets were $10 for adults and $8 for seniors and students.