A Christmas Carol returns for its 9th annual showing at CFPA

Iqueena Hollis

Staff Writer

“A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas” returns for its ninth season on campus at the Center for Fine and Performing Arts (CFPA) this week.

Performances of the famous play, written by Charles Dickens and adapted by Charles Wilson, began this past weekend and also will be held next weekend in building 82 in the Mainstage Theater. The next performances are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday.

This adaption has been performed at Houston’s Alley Theatre, Hartford Stage and at the Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C. Dozens of members of the UWF and surrounding community came out to support the theater students in their last offering of the semester.

This musical is set in London in the 1840s, and throughout the course of the play, the main character, Scrooge, learns to appreciate others and develops a deeper sense of kindness and compassion.

“This version was a bit different from the others I have seen each fall since freshman year,” said Carlisa Ward, a senior majoring in psychology at UWF who attends all theater performances held at the CFPA. “I enjoyed all of the performances, but this one might be the best yet. Why didn’t they do this sooner?”

With the stress of finals, and the bittersweet arrival of graduation for some, students say going to see the play is a great way to wind down the semester and step into the Christmas spirit.

“‘A Christmas Carol’ was my first time seeing a play here at UWF,” said Amanda Langehennig, a freshman at Pensacola State College. “The message of the play was great for this season; it reminds everyone to enjoy what they have and be nice to others.”

Ticket prices for all CFPA plays are: adults: $16; senior citizens/active military: $12; UWF faculty/staff and non UWF students: $10; children: $5; and UWF students: free. Tickets can be purchased online, at the CFPA box office or at the University Commons Service Desk.

For questions about performances and the theater department, contact Jerre Brisky, director of the Center for Fine and Performing Arts, at 474-6057.