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Ezra 7:10

“Now Ezra had determined in his heart to study the law of the LORD, obey it, and teach its statutes and ordinances in Israel.”

On This Merry Christmas Morning...

On This Merry Christmas Morning...

...on this blessed Christmas Day.

     On November 30, December 1, and December 3, the Fort Osage Drama department put on an amazing performance of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol.  I really hope those of you who live around the city had an opportunity to go watch it.  There was some amazing acting.  The singing was superb.  And of course... the story is a classic.

     Granted, I might be a little biased, my daughter was working in the booth for it, but I don't know if I've ever seen a better high school play or musical.  Here are some of my favorite moments from the performance.

"Scrooge never painted out Old Marley's name. There it stood, years afterwards, above the warehouse door: Scrooge and Marley."  The set that was created for this show is amazing. Buildings that opened or closed, doors that worked. Entryway from every possible area. A second story. What an amazing job that was done by the advanced stagecraft class, the crew, and the cast.

"Scrooge never painted out Old Marley's name. There it stood, years afterwards, above the warehouse door: Scrooge and Marley."

The set that was created for this show is amazing. Buildings that opened or closed, doors that worked. Entryway from every possible area. A second story. What an amazing job that was done by the advanced stagecraft class, the crew, and the cast.

"Oh! But he was a tight-fisted hand at the grindstone, Scrooge! A squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching, covetous, old sinner!"  The actor who played Scrooge was amazing. His actions and mannorisms matched perfectly with what I see in my head when I think about him.

"Oh! But he was a tight-fisted hand at the grindstone, Scrooge! A squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching, covetous, old sinner!"

The actor who played Scrooge was amazing. His actions and mannorisms matched perfectly with what I see in my head when I think about him.

"'It is required of every man, that the spirit within him should walk abroad among his fellowmen, and travel far and wide; and if that spirit goes not forth in life, it is condemned to do so after death."  Marley did a great job. I love the chains in his costume. And Scrooge reacts superbly to the sight of a Ghost appearing.

"'It is required of every man, that the spirit within him should walk abroad among his fellowmen, and travel far and wide; and if that spirit goes not forth in life, it is condemned to do so after death."

Marley did a great job. I love the chains in his costume. And Scrooge reacts superbly to the sight of a Ghost appearing.

"I am the Ghost of Christmas Past."  The work done by the cast during the several changes that occurred during this "Ghosts" visit were amazing. From seeing a young Scrooge, to the party at Fezziwig's, and the song sung by Belle. Amazing work.

"I am the Ghost of Christmas Past."

The work done by the cast during the several changes that occurred during this "Ghosts" visit were amazing. From seeing a young Scrooge, to the party at Fezziwig's, and the song sung by Belle. Amazing work.

"Our contract is an old one. It was made when we were both poor and content to be so, until, in good season, we could improve our worldly fortune by our patient industry. You are changed. When it was made, you were another man."  Belle is one of my favorite characters in the play. The insight into why Scrooge is the way he is. To be distracted by the world only to lose the one true love in your life. How could anything be worse?

"Our contract is an old one. It was made when we were both poor and content to be so, until, in good season, we could improve our worldly fortune by our patient industry. You are changed. When it was made, you were another man."

Belle is one of my favorite characters in the play. The insight into why Scrooge is the way he is. To be distracted by the world only to lose the one true love in your life. How could anything be worse?

"Come in! Come in! And know me better man! I am the Ghost of Christmas Present. Look upon me!"  What an amazing job at costuming! Joyous and Jolly are exactly what I feel when I looked upon the Ghost of Christmas Present for the first time.

"Come in! Come in! And know me better man! I am the Ghost of Christmas Present. Look upon me!"

What an amazing job at costuming! Joyous and Jolly are exactly what I feel when I looked upon the Ghost of Christmas Present for the first time.

"I see a vacant seat, in the poor chimney-corner, and a crutch without an owner, carefully preserved. If these shadows remain unaltered by the Future, the child will die. If the shadows remain unaltered by the Future, none other of my race will find him here. What then? If he be like to die, he had better do it, and decrease the surplus population."  An amazing and touching moment. How could anyone not be moved by the thought of the loss of a child. I love how even Scrooge is moved by this. I love how the Ghost of Christmas Present uses Scrooge's own words to prick the heart. How often have we said things that, if we were to apply them to ourselves or our family, we would never say. Sounds like a great lesson to be learned here.

"I see a vacant seat, in the poor chimney-corner, and a crutch without an owner, carefully preserved. If these shadows remain unaltered by the Future, the child will die. If the shadows remain unaltered by the Future, none other of my race will find him here. What then? If he be like to die, he had better do it, and decrease the surplus population."

An amazing and touching moment. How could anyone not be moved by the thought of the loss of a child. I love how even Scrooge is moved by this. I love how the Ghost of Christmas Present uses Scrooge's own words to prick the heart. How often have we said things that, if we were to apply them to ourselves or our family, we would never say. Sounds like a great lesson to be learned here.

"Scrooge looked about him for the Ghost, and saw it not. As the last stroke ceased to vibrate, he remembered the prediction of old Jacob Marley, and lifting up his eyes, beheld a solemn Phantom, draped and hooded, coming, like a mist along the ground, towards him."  How often, if we were face to face with a vision of our future, would we not tremble in fear. To know what will transpire as we live our lives, and know how we will be remembered by those around us... Oh a scary thought. I love how well the cast portrayed that fear!

"Scrooge looked about him for the Ghost, and saw it not. As the last stroke ceased to vibrate, he remembered the prediction of old Jacob Marley, and lifting up his eyes, beheld a solemn Phantom, draped and hooded, coming, like a mist along the ground, towards him."

How often, if we were face to face with a vision of our future, would we not tremble in fear. To know what will transpire as we live our lives, and know how we will be remembered by those around us... Oh a scary thought. I love how well the cast portrayed that fear!

"Spirit! Here me! I am not the man I was. I will not be the man I must have been but for this intercourse. Why show me this, if I am past all hope! I will honour Christmas in my hear, and try to keep it all the year. I will live in the Past, the Present, and the Future. The Spirits of all Three shall strive within me. I will not shut out the lessons that they teach. Oh, tell me I may sponge away the writing on this stone!"  The moment of change in Scrooge's life. It is so amazingly well portrayed by the actors.

"Spirit! Here me! I am not the man I was. I will not be the man I must have been but for this intercourse. Why show me this, if I am past all hope! I will honour Christmas in my hear, and try to keep it all the year. I will live in the Past, the Present, and the Future. The Spirits of all Three shall strive within me. I will not shut out the lessons that they teach. Oh, tell me I may sponge away the writing on this stone!"

The moment of change in Scrooge's life. It is so amazingly well portrayed by the actors.

"It's I. Your uncle Scrooge. I have come to dinner. Will you let me in, Fred?"  It is never to late for family. I love that part of this musical. Knowing that we can change, and that family will accept us. I love how Fred and Virginia accept Scrooge back immediately.

"It's I. Your uncle Scrooge. I have come to dinner. Will you let me in, Fred?"

It is never to late for family. I love that part of this musical. Knowing that we can change, and that family will accept us. I love how Fred and Virginia accept Scrooge back immediately.

"Scrooge was better than his word. He did it all, and infinitely more; and to Tiny Tim, who did not die, he was a second father. He became as good a friend, as good a master, and as good a man, as the good old city knew, or any other good old city, town, or borough, in the good old world."  I'm so proud of all those involved with the production of this fall musical! It was such an honor to be able to document it for them and to see how well they did. I can't wait to see the big things these students will do in the future.

"Scrooge was better than his word. He did it all, and infinitely more; and to Tiny Tim, who did not die, he was a second father. He became as good a friend, as good a master, and as good a man, as the good old city knew, or any other good old city, town, or borough, in the good old world."

I'm so proud of all those involved with the production of this fall musical! It was such an honor to be able to document it for them and to see how well they did. I can't wait to see the big things these students will do in the future.

Behind the scenes sound board work. There is a lot more going on than you realize.

Behind the scenes sound board work. There is a lot more going on than you realize.

Getting the lighting effects correct, and boy were they. Each scene had just the right coloring and the transitions were marvelous!

Getting the lighting effects correct, and boy were they. Each scene had just the right coloring and the transitions were marvelous!

The behind the scenes crew. This group put in as much work as the actors (yes, some were actors) but don't normally get the recognition they deserve. Being able to hear the actors, see the actors, and have things like fog on stage... great work done by this group!

The behind the scenes crew. This group put in as much work as the actors (yes, some were actors) but don't normally get the recognition they deserve. Being able to hear the actors, see the actors, and have things like fog on stage... great work done by this group!

The pit orchestra. They work hard, and and are never seen. They sounded absolutely amazing!

The pit orchestra. They work hard, and and are never seen. They sounded absolutely amazing!

The cast. Each and every one of them played their parts perfectly. Great job everyone!

The cast. Each and every one of them played their parts perfectly. Great job everyone!

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