Faculty Christmas show kicks off Christmas break

The show ended with a rousing singalong.

To celebrate the end of exams and the start of Christmas break, Prep faculty held “A Prep Christmas Carol,” an original Prep production based on Charles Dickens’ famous work “A Christmas Carol,” for students and faculty in Lindsey Hall. The production, written by Dr. Lynn Miller, featured Mr. Nathan Devine as “Scrooge” and followed his journey, with the help of “Ghost of A Day,” “Ghost of B Day,” and “Ghost of C Day,” to experiencing the joy of Christmas.

Other faculty and staff with roles in the production included Ms. Jessica Wilkinson, Mr. Lain Hughes, Ms. Lisa Shive, Ms. Kathryn Shuff, Mr. Adam Mangana, Mr. Lawrence Coco, Mr. Richie Younce, Ms. Beth Watts, Ms. Allison Smith, Ms. Addie Louis, Mr. Kevin Robichaux, Ms. Temperance Jones, Ms. Paige Polk, Ms. Tracie Mallard, and Ms. Ashley Bowen.

As the teachers took their places and finished last-minute costume preparations backstage, Mr. Steve Kincaid began the show by playing a wonderful blend of traditional Christmas favorites on the saxophone. The music, matched with the Christmas decorations on stage, established a warm, suitable setting for the show.

The six scenes in the production, set at Prep and narrated by Mr. Hughes, drew countless laughs and murmurs of “so true” from the crowd, as they related well with the viewers. Perhaps one of the most enjoyable and relatable parts of the show was the music. At several points in the production, a chorus of Prep faculty took the stage to present unique, personal renditions of traditional Christmas songs as Ms. Kimberly Reedy accompanied on the piano nearby. Some of these original songs included “Baby, It’s Hot Outside,” “All I Want for Christmas is Food,” and “O Little Town of Flowood.”

The Prep Faculty Christmas Show marked a wonderful beginning to the holiday break for students and faculty and made a memorable event for “Prep Family.” Mr. Devine said, “Seeing the people that came to it and how much they enjoyed it, that was my favorite part. I also enjoyed Ms. Mallard saying, as soon as the play ended, ‘I want to do that again!’”