Presenting: "The Gospel According to Scrooge"

"The Gospel According to Scrooge" is a Bethel Church Christmas tradition. The cast alone consumers a good portion of the congregation. -Ogden Reporter photo

    “All right everyone, we need the Fezziwig party up here. I’ll give you to the count of five. One, two . . .” and before long, the group was on stage ready for a picture.
    “Can you tell I used to teach preschool,” said Tracy Nation who is directing this year’s production of “The Gospel According to Scrooge” at Bethel Church. She definitely had things under control last Sunday during the dress rehearsal. With over sixty participants, several being youngsters, one would expect total chaos, but they have a system down. If you weren’t on stage or part of the technical crew, you sat quietly in the pews.
    Nation has been involved in the “Scrooge” production since 1991, playing the role of a townsperson. This is her fourth time as a director.
    “As a director it is fun to see the transformation from the first practices where there is a lot of direction needed, up to dress rehearsal night where very little direction is given,” says Nation.
    They all admit that although it is fun working together as a congregation, their ultimate purpose in doing this production is to show how a spiritual transformation can change a person’s life.
    Sixty-three cast and crew members, all from Bethel Church in rural Boone County, are preparing their 17th production of the musical adaptation of Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol.
    This year’s presentation will be Friday, Nov. 30, and Saturday, Dec. 1 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 2 at 2 p.m. Seating begins one hour before each performance, and a free will offering will be taken.

Read more in the Nov. 21 issue of The Ogden Reporter.