For many people, Christmas is a holiday full of tradition. Whether it is a type of food or a specific activity, there are certain aspects of life that only occur on a holiday. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens has long been part of many Christmas traditions. This year, Anderson University Professor Dr. Donald Boggs performed in the beloved tale.
Boggs, chair of the Communication Arts Department, performed in the Madison Park Church of God production of A Christmas Carol. He played the role of Jacob Marley, Scrooge’s deceased business partner who visits from beyond the grave.
First published in 1843, the story tells of a grumpy old man named Ebenezer Scrooge, a greedy and stingy businessman who has no room in his heart for love, joy, or kindness, and certainly not Christmas. He takes out his hatred of the holiday on the poor clerk who works for him, Bob Cratchit. On Christmas Eve Scrooge is visited by his late business partner, Jacob Marley, who warns him of the visitations of three more ghosts during the night. Not long after, the Ghosts of Christmases Past, Present, and Yet to Come appear to Scrooge, taking him to different Christmases throughout time. Through these visitations, he learns the true meaning of Christmas, and changes from a bitter, spiteful man to a joyful and loving man.
Although it has been a while since he has performed, Boggs said he wasn’t nervous about being a part of such a timeless production. “I haven’t performed on stage in a community production since I was 18,” said Boggs. ”One of the things I insisted upon doing if I was going to be a part of the production was use real chains.”
Madison Park Church of God has presented A Christmas Carol for six years.
“Every year the performance is tweaked just a little bit to allow different characters from different time periods,” said Boggs. “Last year, the Beatles were incorporated into the show.”
While some aspects of the performance change in small ways, the core of the story always stays the same.
— Cameron Ward is a senior from Kalamazoo, Mich., majoring in Communication Arts. Ward is an associate with Fifth Street Communications™ writing on behalf of the Anderson University Office of University Communications.
Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,700 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson continues to be recognized as a top Christian college: in 2010, U.S. News and World Report ranked Anderson University among the best colleges and universities in the Midwest for the seventh consecutive year. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education, music, nursing, and theology.