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Seventh Graders Travel to Local Theater

Walking the final two blocks down Gettysburg streets enshrouded in dense fog, excited seventh graders from Northern Middle School entered Majestic Theater from stage right, the warm glow of its 1925 ambience preparing them for Totem Pole Playhouse’s annual production of A Christmas Carol. On Friday morning, December 14, the lights finally dimmed to an opening bedtime prayer from the youngest Cratchit child, reluctantly offering one up for the old Scrooge.

London’s most-famous miser made his entrance, minutes later, upon the festive street scene to follow, casting a most negative air over the residents. Tensions rose, humbugs flew, and ghosts arrived. Spectral narrators, Marley and Past, prepared the way for Present and Yet to Come. Timely explosions, vocal sound effects, well-choreographed numbers, and a skeleton-loaded scrim kept students on the edge of their seats. Responding enthusiastically with abundant applause, audience members delivered positive reinforcement right back to Totem Pole’s deserving cast.

By the final scene of this 90-minute presentation, with snow falling onstage—much to the audience’s delight—and Tiny Tim lofted up by Scrooge himself, we heard those timeless words, “God bless us, everyone!” Full of the holiday spirit, our students, indeed, left Majestic Theater blessed that day by this unforgettable performance.