Friday, December 05, 2008

A 'Scrooge' spectacular

Annual show about miser is memorable

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Courtesy of Neil Jessup

"Scrooge: The Musical"

  • Show times: tonight (Friday) at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday at 12 p.m. and 4 p.m.
  • Where: Roanoke Performing Arts Theatre at the Roanoke Civic Center
  • Seating is first-come, first-served open seating.There is no admission charge. Doors will open an hour prior to performance.
  • At the conclusion of each performance, a collection will be taken to benefit the Blue Ridge Women's Center.
For the past 10 years during the holiday season, New Century Community Church has been making a difference in the lives of thousands through “Scrooge: The Musical.”

The Rev. Jay Owens has played the part of Scrooge for all 10 years.

“It has amazed me, year after year, how many people throughout the community that we have reached through this ministry,” Owens said.

New Century Community Church of Roanoke puts the musical on for free but donations are accepted at the end of all performances at the Roanoke Civic Center.

“Originally, our donations for 'Scrooge’ supported the Roanoke Rescue Mission, but in the year’s past, we have donated to the Blue Ridge Women’s Center,” Owens said.

The outreach ministry was started to provide a Christmas celebration and gift to the community. During the past 10 years, nearly $250,000 has been raised to support causes within the Roanoke Valley.

Susie Caudle, a senior at Northside High School, has been in “Scrooge” for a couple of years and has enjoyed the experience.

“I have played several roles over the past years, but my favorite part to play was one of the urchins,” Caudle said.

“My absolute favorite part of the entire play was the second line of the play. The line was 'Who’s he,’ and everyone thought I was saying my name, Susie. It was priceless and a lot of fun,” Caudle said.

Kelly Marlowe, Northside junior, has seen “Scrooge” a couple of times and finds it entertaining and endearing.

“I think that the cast of 'Scrooge’ definitely got the message of 'A Christmas Carol’ across in a very professional and effective manner,” Marlowe said.

“Plus, the acting was top-notch, as well,” Marlowe said.

So, check out “Scrooge: The Musical." It will brighten up your holiday and help you realize the true meaning of the holiday season. 

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