The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

December 7, 2013

PHS Theatre presents Christmas production on Sunday

By GRACE GADDY
Palestine Herald-Press

PALESTINE — Ebeneezer Scrooge tried on a little Dr. Seuss Friday in Palestine High School's theater production of “A Seussified Christmas Carol,” which is set to run again at 2 p.m. Sunday for a closing matinee performance.

The comical play, written by Peter Bloedel, featured 15 cast members ranging from freshman to seniors to give Charles Dickens' “A Christmas Carol” a playful spin. The production weaved in a rhyming style and setting reminiscent of Seuss' Whoville, with a few new characters to boot.

Actors draped in colorful costumes laughed, danced, cried and even wheezed in the lighthearted tale that seeks to tell if Scrooge's heart can “grow three sizes” too.

Eric Cates, director of the show, called it a “a nice way to spend a Sunday afternoon.”

“I thought it'd be something fun for the holidays. To me, holidays are about love and laughter, and I wanted to do something light and fun,” he said.

The show will be performed in the Palestine High School Auditorium, located at 1600 S. Loop 256. Tickets are $5 and will be available at the box office. The cast will be available for a meet and greet following the show.

“It's fun for the kids, it's fun for the adults,” Cates said, encouraging folks to come out. “It's fun because everybody remembers Dr. Seuss and Charles Dickens. I'd invite (people) to come on out and just enjoy the holiday season.”

The Palestine High School Theatre Department includes more than 130 students, as well as awards from the University Interscholastic League. The department has won District UIL contests for the past nine years in a row.