Theatre on Thursday: Scrooge

by Sheetal Makhan / AYC

Last Thursday, a whopping number of students joined me to see Scrooge. The show boasts a star-studded South African cast with names like Marc Lottering, Shaleen Surtie-Richards, Andrew Buckland and Christo Davids. It tells the story of Ebenezer Scrooge (Lottering) – a grumpy, money-hungry miser, who learns a lesson on Christmas eve about the true meaning of charity. Jacob Marley (Buckland) is Scrooge’s deceased business partner and he is the first to haunt Scrooge on Christmas Eve. He warns Scrooge that three ghosts are coming to “visit” him! They are: The ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future. The themes that run through the story include reconciliation, change in thinking and the spirit of giving. It is a story about an evil person who changes for the better.

This particular outing was extra special because almost everyone who joined me said that it was their first time to go to a theatre. The acting, singing and awesome set had the students literally sitting on the edge of their seats. The cherry on the top, however, was when the students got to meet and take a photo with some of the cast after the show.

Said Tawfik from Libya, “Teacher, I’m so happy in this moment!” as he described his sentiments of experiencing something new and wanting to savour the moment.

A very big Thank You to each and every person who joined me last week. Keep your eyes peeled…there’s another theatre outing just around the corner!

Students with some of the cast of Scrooge at the Baxter Theatre
Students with some of the cast of Scrooge at the Baxter Theatre