Harlandale HS presents musical ‘Carol, A Christmas’

The Harlandale Theatre Arts Department is bringing holiday cheer this week with the premiere of the musical “Carol, A Christmas.”

Described as a modern-day version of Charles Dickens’ classic “The Christmas Carol,” the play will be brought to life on Dec. 15 at 6:30 p.m. and Dec. 16 at 5:30 p.m.

“The play follows a high school student named Carol, who doesn’t have any friends, has never been in a relationship and neglects her family because she is too focused on her academic goals,” Director Richard Chabrier said.  “This is a spin on Ebenezer Scrooge, who was focused on money and success, but Carol is focused on school, so you can see the correlation between the two.”

While watching television, Carol drifts off to sleep and that’s when she receives a visit from the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future; however, they are not your typical ghosts of Christmas.

“The ghost of Christmas past is Pat Past, who is a game show host, the ghost of Christmas present is a television anchor named Presento, and the ghost of Christmas future is a parody of Captain Kirk, so it’s definitely different,” Chabrier said.

Carol learns how her priorities of making straight A’s and starting her future career are interfering with her personal relationships.

As she is transported through her memories, audiences can expect exciting numbers featuring modern Christmas songs, including “Baby It’s Cold Outside” and “All I Want for Christmas Is You,” but with different lyrics.

“The show is definitely for the entire family, there are funny characters and some dramatic moments,” Chabrier said.  “In the end, Carol will learn to accept others and their emotions, which is a great lesson.”

Tickets are $4 for students, $6 for adults and free for all Harlandale ISD employees. Discounted tickets and free admission will also be available for those who bring new and non-gift-wrapped small and large toy donations benefitting Toys for Tots. 

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