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Students Enjoy Holiday Classic at Penobscot Theatre 

Catherine Pegram

If there were any kids in the area not in the Christmas spirit – and that’s a big “if” – they are now. Dozens of students from Greater Bangor visited Penobscot Theatre Friday to catch a holiday classic – A Christmas Carol. “Merry Christmas!!! Bah, humbug!!!”Ebenezer Scrooge’s initial holiday mood didn’t stop students from enjoying Penobscot Theatre’s matinee performance of A Christmas Carol.Many of them, like 7th grader Anna Ellis, have been reading the classic tale in class. “It’s a little more interesting than the book. Personally, I like to see all of the people acting it out, all of the people talking, it really gives you a lot of holiday spirit.”For some, the story of three Christmas spirits was a first-time theatre experience. Something producing artistic director, Scott R.C. Levy, likes to see. “Theatre is one of those art forms that demands participation and if you’re not exposed to theater as a child, chances are you’re not going to utilize theater as an adult. It’s one of the great assets of the community and I’m thrilled that teachers see the educational value and bring their kids out.”Levy says this performance is a fast-moving adaptation of Charles Dickens’ holiday tradition – just the right speed for an audience like this, so says 5th grader Sean Walsh.”In the original, the vocabulary is like, it’s really big – there’s a bunch of long words. In this one, it’s kind of the same words, but not a much.” Which made it a real crowd pleaser among the kids – even inspiring a little promotional spirit among them. “I would tell people to come and see this play because if you want to get some holiday spirit and if you want to have some fun, this is the place to go.”