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Drama Night---A Christmas Carol
2018-01-31

 [SCIE web news, Jan 31st, 2018] Marley was dead, to begin with. Presented by drama queens and kings from SCIE Drama Club, A Christmas Carol is, according to the directors Gadi Burman and Luke Matthias, ‘a memorable, impressive and unprecedented production.’




 

The play is adapted from the renowned Christmas story by Charles Dickens. It presents the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, an old man, well-known for his miserly ways. He treats his fellowmen miserably and shows not even the smallest sign of charity or warmth to either friend or family alike. On Christmas Eve, Scrooge receives visits from a series of ghosts, starting with his old business partner, Jacob Marley. The three spirits which follow, the ghosts of Christmas Past, Christmas Present and Christmas Future, show Scrooge how his mean-spirited behaviour has affected those around him in an attempt to offer him a last chance to redeem his mortal soul.








 

After four months of preparation with nearly four hours of rehearsal every week, students from SCIE's Drama Club have succeeded in presenting a phenomenal play in front of an audience of hundreds in SCIE's auditorium. Mr. Deng, who is a part of the audience of the Drama production every year, was absolutely amazed by this year’s A Christmas Carol, saying, ‘this is the most wonderful production in the past ten years!’






 

In order to recreate Victorian-era England, the cast purchased brand new props and costumes for this year's production. Designed by Lisa Haitana, the costumes resembled typical Victorian clothing: the male characters wore clothes typical of gentlemen, such as hats, suits and leather shoes, while the women wore dresses and skirts in the Victorian style. The make-up team, led by Michelle Parker, studied and practised creating men and women on stage -- the audiences could barely recognize the actors with their makeup! Most strikingly, four ghosts had their skin all painted in ghastly white.




 

The lighting was absolutely fabulous with yellow representing the past, green for the present and blue in the future, hinting at the emotions of the main character, Scrooge. The lights also flickered and changed in accordance with the mood of the characters in the scene, and the sound system further amplified this effect. Audience members aged under ten trembled and shrieked when the gale ‘blew on’ their ‘face’ and the red light sparkled in front of them.


 

There is no doubt that the most critical element of a drama production is the actors' performances. The students from Drama Club deserved high praise for their hard work and amazing characterization of each and every character in the book. Esme Wang, as the lead actress, presents Ebenezer Scrooge as a mean, heartless and selfish businessman with her mocking, acrid way of speaking. Scrooge's poor attitude was also revealed in the way he treated his outgoing nephew, Fred, and his loyal clerk, Bob Cratchit. The way Aaron Huang presents a speech from Fred gives the audience a feeling that they are involved in a parliament meeting. Bob Cratchit is brought to life as a warm father and supporting husband through Nikkie Chen’s excellent depiction of his movements and mannerisms.

 

The ghost families were as successful and appealing as the actors above. Jacob Marley (Benjamin Liu), with chains on his neck and arms, foretold the visits of three spirits to Scrooge with a sonorous and piercing voice, forcing Scrooge to ponder the seriousness of his cruel behaviour. Christmas Past (Florence Liu), Christmas Present (Nancy Ding) and Christmas Future (Nico Yu) show Scrooge the things that happened in the past and the things that will happen if he continues his life with his previous cold attitude. Every muscle, hair, and expression convey the anger that the ghosts feel and transmit this rage to Scrooge and the audience. 


The play ends with Scrooge's transformation, the actors' bows, and the audiences' long-lasting claps. This year's production will be remembered in the history of SCIE with its level of authenticity, techniques, and performances and many will – and should -- be looking forward to their annual play next year!

 
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(Report/ Rachel; Photos/Frank)

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