Children perform Christmas Carol

Abbotsford Children’s Theatre (ACT) brings the classic play The Christmas Carol to the Matsqui Centennial Auditorium

(From left) Anna Wozniak

(From left) Anna Wozniak

Abbotsford Children’s Theatre (ACT) brings the classic play The Christmas Carol to the Matsqui Centennial Auditorium in December.

Performances take place Dec. 6 at 7 p.m. and Dec. 7 at 1 p.m. at Matsqui Centennial Auditorium.

Forty-four students from across Abbotsford aged 10 to 17 are learning from this story written over 100 years ago by Charles Dickens.

At the time Dickens was hoping to raise funds for the impoverished in England through the art of literature, and in the process created one of the most popular and beloved Christmas classics of all time.

“It has a message we can take to heart at any time in our lives,” said Freddy Latham, artistic director and founder of ACT.

“Maybe now more than ever we need to remember our own Christmas pasts and bring back the Christmas spirit to our community.”

The audience will be treated to classic Christmas carols throughout the performances.

They will also see the Greek Chorus technique used, in which a group of students wear masks and speak in unison to show the emotions of Scrooge. “There is not another children’s acting group like ours in all of B.C.,” Latham said. “This group is a real gem for Abbotsford, and we should be proud of these actors and actresses.”

Tickets ($12 advance/$14 door) can be purchased at The Reach, Tourism Abbotsford, and the third floor of city hall, or online at abbotsfordchildrenstheatre.org.

ACT is also doing daytime presentations of The Christmas Carol for schools.

The Thursday, Dec. 5 school performances (9:30 a.m.) still have space available. Tickets are $5 per student for the matinees. Email acttheatre@hotmail.com for more details.

 

 

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