"A Christmas Carol" is a Family Event

ACTCs production of A Christmas Carol: Scrooge and Marley is a family project for the James family in Ashland.

Daughter Ciara, a 2014 Boyd County High School graduate now attending ACTC, portrays Martha Cratchit. Her brother Tyler, a nine-year old Summit Elementary School student, is in the cast as a Towns Person. Father Jesse, ACTC Electrical Technology Instructor, is the Lighting and Sound Booth Coordinator. Not to be left out, mother Brandi, the ACTC Humanities Division Assistant, is the theatre program editor and helps with production details as needed.

This is a great family time, said father Jesse. Im enjoying spending time with everyone and especially watching how Tyler adapts to the stage life. Its not only fun, its a learning experience, especially for the children, said mother Brandi.

This is the first stage experience for both of the children. Tyler wasn't scared to be on stage in front of everyone, which is good, and Ciara is enjoying her role of Martha to the fullest, said Brandi.

Its something different than Ive done before, and that's okay, Ciara said. She is a work study student at ACTC and plans to major in sound engineering, a field similar to what her father is doing for the production.

Other families involved in this years production include the Katterheinrichs of Ashland. Benjamin, an eight year old Oakview Elementary student, is Tiny Tim, and his mother Alicia is the Ghost of Christmas Present.

I thought this would be a good way to become involved in the community, said Alicia. She moved to Ashland last summer with her husband Keith, Pastor of South Ashland United Methodist Church, and sons Benjamin and Joel, age 11.

Alicia has been involved in theater as a youth and in church productions since then, so theatre is familiar territory. I think college theatre is a wonderful way to introduce people to the arts and humanities, said Alicia who has a Masters Degree in Teaching Reading and Writing. Theatre participation can also open up new avenues to some who might not have otherwise considered college.

Im enjoying the production, and Benjamin is thrilled to be on stage for the first time. His whole class is coming to one of the matinees, she said. Joel was too young this year to be a stagehand, so perhaps in the future he too can be involved. And Im sure my husband would enjoy participating if he had the time. Its wonderful that the college offers this experience to the community.

A Christmas Carol: Scrooge and Marley will be performed December 4, 5 and 6 at 8:00 p.m. and December 7 at 2:30 p.m. in the J. B. Sowards Theatre on the College Drive Campus.

Tickets are $10.00 for adults, $5.00 for children, students and seniors, and $8 for groups of 10 or more if purchased in advance. Tickets are available in the College Bookstore, and unsold tickets will be available at the door for cash or check payment with photo ID.