Southwestern Assemblies of God University Theatre is performing Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” in the Hagee Center Performance Hall (499 E. University Ave. #401, Waxahachie) at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 2, Friday, Dec. 3 and Saturday, Dec. 4. There will also be a 3 p.m. performance Sunday, Dec. 5.

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at sagu.brushfire.com. SAGU students, faculty, and staff will get free admission by presenting their SAGU ID. Seating is available first-come, first-served for free admission tickets. Doors open 30 minutes prior to curtain. Doors close 10 minutes prior to curtain.

“We did this play three years in a row from 2017-2019, but we were unable to do it last year because of our COVID-shortened semester,” said director Ronnie Blount. “We are looking forward to our fourth version. This is one of my favorite stories and definitely my favorite Christmas story.”

Though “A Christmas Carol” was originally a short story by Dickens, it led to many adaptions for both theatre and film. It is an age-old redemption story of the conceited, insensitive old miser Ebenezer Scrooge, who is visited on Christmas Eve by the ghost of his former business partner and the three spirits of Christmas.

The message of the gospel pervades “A Christmas Carol” from the entrance of Scrooge’s nephew in the first scene to the salvation of Scrooge at the end.

Blount, along with his co-directors, Gayle Dorsett and Julianne Barnett, are looking forward to this fourth version.

“When you couple this wonderful story with the talented, committed and caring group of young actors with whom we have the pleasure of working on this project, I guess I have to say that I'm excited about all of it,” Blount said.

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