McNary drama goes nostalgic with ‘A Christmas Carol’ radio play

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes The McNary High School drama department is planning a one-night-only production of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol Friday, Dec. 14. Director Dallas Myers is hoping to take a page from NPR’s Garrison Keillor’s Prairie Home Companion. “We’re going small spectacle, a few lights and mics and that’s all,” he said. A Chistmas Carol is the story of sour and stingy Ebenezer Scrooge’s transformation resulting from supernatural visits from Jacob Marley and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future. For the actors who will present the play, it’s meant learning to work within limits. “Acting is always story-telling, but with this you’re limited to one aspect of your story telling, your voice,” said narrator Tanner Purkey. Having to rely on what they can do with two vocal cords instead of a full range of movement to convey emotion has its own challenges. “You have to make sure that everyone is able to keep track even when you’re barely keeping track,” said narrator Chelsea Stoffers. The wide range of characters in the play means that the narrators have to draw from multiple aspects of their own personality. Tiny Tim requires innocence while Scrooge draws on nastiness, Purkey said. “We have to be careful, too,” said narrator Trenton Campbell. “As narrators, we have a certain amount of foresight, but we have to remember that everything is happening...

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