Ebenezer Scrooge goes to court in latest VTG production

Published 8:00 pm Tuesday, November 21, 2017

After a night of self-reflection, Ebenezer Scrooge saw the error of his ways, but a year later, is he back to his same old habits?

The Vicksburg Theatre Guild has scheduled performances of “The Trial of Ebenezer Scrooge” and the comedy revolves around the old miser and those who enlightened him.

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“Scrooge has decided to take Jacob Marley and the ghosts to court,” VTG director Bobby Newell said, and a year later he is suing them for breaking and entering, kidnapping, slander, pain and suffering, attempted murder and the intentional infliction of emotional distress.

Written by Mark Brown and based on Charles Dickens’ book “A Christmas Carol,” Newell said, “The Trial of Ebenezer Scrooge” mimics some of the lines used in the Dickens’ classic, however, they may be spoken by a different character and used in a different reference.

VTG veteran Jim Miller will play Scrooge and Tyler Gardner will play Solomon Rothschild, the acting attorney for the ghosts and Marley.

Newell said the idea to offer “The Trial of Ebenezer Scrooge” at the Parkside Playhouse Theatre came following a trip.

Newell and his wife had been traveling in Florida, he said, when he saw a playbill for the show. It peaked his interest and after doing some research, Newell said the play looked like it would be a fun show to do around the holidays.

“I thought this would be a good Christmas show because it is a spin on the ‘The Christmas Carol.’”

Newell pitched the idea to those involved at the theater and Sara Goss volunteered to co-direct with him, he said, adding this will be his third time to serve as a VTG director.

With so many revelations in the play and also in an effort not to be a spoiler, all Newell would really reveal about “The Trial of Ebenezer Scrooge” was that he hopes the take away for the audience will be one of continual giving.

“Christmas is not just one day a year. The spirit of Christmas is 365 days a year, and that is what I want people to realize from the show,” Newell said.

“The Trial of Ebenezer Scrooge” will open at 7:30 p.m. , Dec. 7 at the Parkside Playhouse Theatre, 101 Iowa Ave. and will continue through, Dec. 9. A Sunday matinee will be offered beginning at 2 p.m. Dec. 10. 

Tickets are $15, $10 for ages 65 and older and $8 for ages 12 and younger and are available at the box office or at showclix.com/events/10243.

“The Trial of Ebenezer Scrooge” is a fundraiser for the VTG, Newell said, and is not part of the regular season membership.

About Terri Cowart Frazier

Terri Frazier was born in Cleveland. Shortly afterward, the family moved to Vicksburg. She is a part-time reporter at The Vicksburg Post and is the editor of the Vicksburg Living Magazine, which has been awarded First Place by the Mississippi Press Association. She has also been the recipient of a First Place award in the MPA’s Better Newspaper Contest’s editorial division for the “Best Feature Story.”

Terri graduated from Warren Central High School and Mississippi State University where she received a bachelor’s degree in communications with an emphasis in public relations.

Prior to coming to work at The Post a little more than 10 years ago, she did some freelancing at the Jackson Free Press. But for most of her life, she enjoyed being a full-time stay at home mom.

Terri is a member of the Crawford Street United Methodist Church. She is a lifetime member of the Vicksburg Junior Auxiliary and is a past member of the Sampler Antique Club and Town and Country Garden Club. She is married to Dr. Walter Frazier.

“From staying informed with local governmental issues to hearing the stories of its people, a hometown newspaper is vital to a community. I have felt privileged to be part of a dedicated team at The Post throughout my tenure and hope that with theirs and with local support, I will be able to continue to grow and hone in on my skills as I help share the stories in Vicksburg. When asked what I like most about my job, my answer is always ‘the people.’

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