Fred Bray loves everything about Christmas, from the holiday music to colorful light shows, which makes him an unlikely person to play the role of Scrooge in A Christmas Carol. The Valley Theater Company's production opens Dec. 6 at the Princess Theatre in downtown Prosser.
"I am so very different from Scrooge," he said. "I enjoy Christmas and look forward to it. I sing Christmas songs and watch Christmas movies all year."
So how can a guy who hasn't lost touch with his youth do justice portraying the grouchy old Scrooge?
"That's why it's called acting," he said with a laugh.
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Director Amy Householder decided to do something different with this nonmusical version of A Christmas Carol, by casting Kayla Rodriguez as all three Christmas ghosts.
"Playing all three spirits is challenging," Rodriguez said. "It's easy to differentiate the characters, but I usually do musicals, and it's easier for me to sing about emotions than to speak about them."
Her multiple costume changes help her slide into her roles, each with a distinct personality.
"My favorite is the Spirit of Christmas Yet to Come because it's a darker character, and it's a challenge not to laugh," she said.
A Christmas Carol runs Dec. 6-7, 13-14. Curtain time is 7:30 p.m. The Princess Theatre is at 1228 Meade Ave.
Tickets cost $12 for adults and $10 for students and seniors and are available at Adventures Underground in Richland, Sixth Street Art & Gift Gallery in Prosser, Safeway in Grandview and Melange in Sunnyside.
The Valley Theater Company will play host to a preshow social starting at 6:30 p.m., where local wines and microbrews will be available by the glass. There is no admission fee, but the social is open only to those 21 and older.
Other key roles in the classic Christmas tale are Noah Cussins as Tiny Tim, Bill Boge as Bob Cratchit, Traci Honeycutt as Mrs. Cratchit with Adrianna Ferris, Augustus Way, Sam Christensen and Jamie Ray as the rest of the Cratchit children.
Paul Brooks and Karla Way play Mr. and Mrs. Fezziwig with Adrianna Ferris and Emalyn Smith as the Fezziwig daughters. Leroy Bussert plays the ghost of Jacob Marley. Other roles are provided by Dean Smith, Mari Page, Connor Bray, James Householder and Emmalynn Pittenridge.
Rich James will narrate the show.
-- Dori O'Neal: 582-1514; firstname.lastname@example.org; Twitter: @dorioneal