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This item originally appeared in the Oct. 30, 2003, issue of The Tech Talk.


Staff Writer

A traditional and "remixed" rendition of the classic Christmas tale by Charles Dickens, "A Christmas Carol," will be performed by Tech students and community members.

Performances of the traditional version will be at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 5, 7, 8 and Dec. 3 through 6. The "remixed" version will be at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 12, 13 and 15.

Mark Guinn, director of the play and an assistant professor of theatre, is responsible for overseeing the design and coordinating the technical elements of the play.

Guinn said along with working with the actors, he oversees the scenery, costumes, lights and sound.

Guinn said preparation for the performance is hectic and called himself the "ringmaster of the madhouse."

He also said he expects the play to be "a magical little show with music, ghosts and a wonderful story."

In the new version, Mikel Rouse, a resident composer at Tech from New York City, will compile reinterpreted music.

The play will also include Ruston-themed video and projection effects. Both plays will involve the use of puppets to enhance the performances.

Andrei Constantinescu, a graduate student of theatre, said being a part of "A Christmas Carol," his third play at Tech, is a remarkable experience.

"We have a big cast of actors with varying skills and varying majors," Constantinescu said.

Constantinescu also said there are many great things to be learned from the production.

"Mr. Scrooge is a bitter hard-hearted man, but throughout this play he goes back in the past looking for love and acceptance, to belong to someone, feel loved and feel significant," Constantinescu said.

He said this is important because it is what the audience will take home with them and people are able to relate to his situation.

Constantinescu will play the role of Dick Wilkins.

Reece Roark, a sophomore general studies major, will play the role of Ebenezer Scrooge; Stuart Amidon, a freshman music performance major, will play Bob Cratchit; Nicholas Harrison, a graduate student of theatre, will play the ghost of Christmas Present; and Casey Franklin, a senior speech major, is the head puppeteer for the ghost of Christmas Past.

David Reed, a graduate student of theatre, will play the ghost of Jacob Marley.

Reed said "A Christmas Carol" is a good performance to show at this time, not only because of the season, but also because it shows that good does exist.

Reed said, "It is a reminder that there is cheer and good will and you just have to know where to find them."

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