The Hammond Academy for the Performing Arts (HAPA) recently announced its winter production, “Scrooge! The Musical.”
Based on the Charles Dickens classic, “A Christmas Carol,” this musical is a heartwarming retelling of the title character’s journey to a better understanding of compassion, love and the value of friendship. With book, music and lyrics by Leslie Bricusse, this production is closely adapted from the music and screenplay of the 1970 musical film “Scrooge,” starring Albert Finney.
The cast of this adaptation is comprised of students from the HAPA, Morton High School, Kenwood Elementary and Morton Elementary schools in Hammond.
HAPA senior Joshua Knox, who plays Ebenezer Scrooge in the
HAPA production, believes the retelling of “A Christmas Carol” is so popular because the essence of the story is so relatable.
“Scrooge himself is seen as this terrible old man, but over the course of the show, the audience begins to understand why he acts the way he does. As he journeys through past, present and future, the audience is able to watch the transformation of the man through a better understanding of himself,” he said.
Kathleen Dominiak-Treasure and Justin Treasure direct this production, with musical direction by Nick DeJarlais and Connie Pruitt-Alley, choreography by Kathleen Dominiak-Treasure, costume design by Stephanie Naumoff, set design by Ann Davis and Melissa Brassard and lighting design by Guy Rhodes.
“Scrooge! The Musical” opens Friday, Dec. 9 and runs through Sunday, Dec.18. Performances are Friday and Saturday evenings at 7 p.m. and Sunday afternoons at 2 p.m. Tickets are $9 for adults and $7 for students and seniors.
All performances will be performed at Morton High School, 6915 Grand Ave. in Hammond. Tickets can be purchased in advance at scroogehapa.brownpapertickets.com or on site before each performance. Groups of 20 or more are encouraged to reserve tickets by calling the HAPA Box Office at (219) 989-7316 ext. 1889.