The rehersal of Ebenezer Scrooge


From left to right: Sophie Christian ‘23, Gabe Conley ‘23, Nate Caudill ‘24, Isabella Lachey ‘24 and Avery Frank ‘23. While the crew has set up a makeshift set in the auditiorium, the courtroom setup is evident here, and will be translated into the final production.

For those familiar with Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol, Marley is still dead. There is no question whatsoever. He was before, but now the public will get to see the famous ghost again in the upcoming Junior High Play, The Trial of Ebenezer Scrooge.
The audience will join the cast one year after the events of Charles Dickens’s book, and the previously jolly Ebenezer Scrooge is back to his old, cranky ways, and is suing the ghosts of Christmas for kidnapping, among other charges. Under the same storybook theme as the Senior High Musical Into the Woods, this play takes a story that many people are familiar with and puts a twist on it.
Similar to Into the Woods, this show will also feature an immersive Black Box set. “This show has a unique set that makes the audience a part of it, and it has a format to the script that you simply can’t find in other plays,” Sophia Rooksberry, ‘22, said. Rooksberry is the Assistant Director of Ebenezer Scrooge.
The junior high theater students have had the tasks of putting on WHHS’s holiday productions for the past few years, with shows like Holiday Schmoliday in the 2016-2017 season. While some of the crew may see this as added pressure, it can also be seen as a time to shine for the junior high students who might not get as many ticket sales as the senior high usually would.
“I definitely think the kids like the holiday aspect of it,” Rooksberry said. “It gives the play an extra sort of energy that really motivates them.”
The Trial of Ebenezer Scrooge is a big moment for the junior high theater crew, as “this show is good for a laugh and a reminder of the Christmas spirit, complete with an interesting set and a talented cast, and is a lot of fun for the whole family,” Rooksberry said.