HAVERHILL, MA - While some may think of Charles Dickens’s “A Christmas Carol” as a classic, at Northern Essex Community College it is a tradition.
What started as a department fundraiser for the college’s performing arts nearly 15 years ago has evolved into an annual, holiday affair that is shared with the entire community. The cast is comprised of an eclectic mix of NECC students, faculty, staff, and alumni as well as their family members.
Each year, it is performed in the 75-seat Chet Hawrylciw Theater on the third floor of the Spurk Building on the Haverhill campus, 100 Elliott St. This year is no different. Performances will be held Fri., December 13, at 7:00 p.m., Sat., December 14, at 2:00 and 7:00 p.m., and Sun., December 15, at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $10.00 for general admission, $8.00 for students and senior citizens, and $5.00 for children 6 and under. They can be purchased at the door or through www.mvarts.info.
The adaptation of the story written in 1844 is one that longtime NECC theater professors Jim Murphy and his wife Susan Sanders are very familiar with. For nearly all the 15 productions Murphy has acted and/or directed in the production while Sanders has overseen the set direction and costuming, as well as playing smart parts.
Local cast members include A.J. Mayo of Exeter portraying Christmas Present, Jim Murphy of Hampstead portraying Ebenezer Scrooge, and Susan Sanders, also of Hampstead, as Designer.