by Kiara Rabb
DESOTO, TX – The CrossOver Arts Theatre presented its holiday musical “Ebony Scrooge” Saturday night at the Desoto Corner Theater.
“Ebony Scrooge” is a modern day twist of Charles Dickens classic “A Christmas Carol” that tells the story of a restaurant owner who finds out the true meaning of Christmas by facing three ghosts.
The play’s director Kathi Baker feels elated to make the show come to life having grown up on the original version. “It’s really cool being able to create this seasonal event and bring it to Desoto,” said Baker.
Dennis Raveneau, who portrays Marcus Jacobs, believes that “Ebony Scrooge” is suitable for all ages. “What we’re trying to do with this show is keep close to the original Dickens story but modernize it for a younger, hipper audience,” said Raveneau.
The main lead Ebony Scrooge is portrayed by Ariana Cook who believes that the audience can relate to her character when it comes to time management during the holiday season. “Even though it’s the Christmas season, we get stuck with driving people here and picking up stuff there. We’re just not really enjoying the Christmas spirit, because we’re so busy.” she said.
The youngest cast member in the production is Travis Vanguard & Academy’s 5th grade student Francesca Nelle who plays the Ghost of Christmas Past and Tammy Cratchet. She appreciates the love shown by her fellow cast mates on and off stage. “They treat me like one of them and not like a baby,” said Nelle. “They support me and that helps a lot. They’re just really great as a family to me.”
The Ghost of Christmas Present is portrayed by Davian Jackson. As one of the lead vocalists in the show, he praised the musical director Jon Raveneau for his hard work and dedication. “He’s a great guy and has such a brilliant mind. He has all of the arrangements down and helped us all out,” he said.
He revealed that his main energy comes from his fellow cast mate Dominique Hunter who portrays Vandal and the lead caroler in the play. “We come together and bring it to the stage,” said Jackson. “We basically feed off of each other and have fun.”
The director hopes that the audience will walk away from the theater in a good mood. “I want them to have a feel good feeling and feel relaxed,” said Baker. “Humming some of the Christmas carols and songs and help spread the holiday cheer.”
The upcoming shows are scheduled on Thurs Dec. 19, Fri Dec. 20 and Sat Dec. 21 at 7:30 p.m. and Sat Dec. 21 and Sun Dec. 22 at 3 p.m. The closing show will be on Mon Dec. 23 at 10 a.m.
The tickets cost $15 for adults and $10 for youth and seniors. They can be purchased online at www.showtix4u.com or in person at the box office located at 211 East Pleasant Run Road in Desoto, TX.