Houston High to perform ‘A Christmas Carol’

Sun News correspondentNovember 27, 2013 

Houston County High’s production of “A Christmas Carol” won several individual One-Act awards at regional competition, including a Best Actor award for Hunter Hufnagel as Scrooge.

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Ready to get into the Christmas spirit? Look no further than Houston County High School’s upcoming performance of “A Christmas Carol.”

Houston County High’s production won several individual awards at regional One-Act competition including a Best Actor award for Hunter Hufnagel’s portrayal of Scrooge and All-Star Cast awards for Timothy Freeman and Mallory Jordan. The play itself won first runner up in the 2AAAAA competition.

Bronwyn Jardin, drama director at Houston County High School, said that one of the joys of this production was that it hadn’t been seen much in the area.

“This is the Broadway version, the musical version,” Jardin said. “It has been years since it was done, so it is fresh material.”

Since “A Christmas Carol” is not only a Christmas story but a Charles Dickens’ ghost story as well, Jardin said that Houston County really played up the spooky theme. The cast will be outfitted in Victorian costumes and there are elaborate masks for the “ghosts.”

Along with Region Best Actor, Hufnagel is also the student director for the production. Jardin gives her student directors a lot of responsibility with Houston County High School’s plays.

“He was involved with the concept from beginning to end,” Jardin said. “I love to get students creative leeway.”

Jardin said that the cast, already excited about the performance, had heard a lot from the community about their own excitement.

“People are really perking up when they hear that’s what we are doing. Usually you get a ‘that’s nice’response, but we are getting ‘I really want to come see that.’ People are hungry for it. It has the Christmas theme, it has a great message and it is a classic,” Jardin said.

Houston County High School will present “A Christmas Carol” on Dec. 5 and 6 at 7 p.m. in the school theater. A matinee will also be offered on Dec. 7, at 3 p.m. All tickets are $5 and will be sold at the door.

Contact Alline Kent at 478-396-2467 or allinekent@cox.net.

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