The story of how Ebenezer Scrooge changes his ways has been told thousands of times over the years since the Charles Dickens story was first published in 1843.
Variations of the holiday tale range from animation to the stage, and starting tonight the RVHS theater department is presenting its version of the classic tale with its own unique presentation.
While most think of the story as a play presented on the stage or the big screen, few have ever seen the play as a musical.
That is what the cast and crew at RVHS are offering this year.
The curtain opens tonight at 7:30 p.m. with additional shows being presented in the PAC Friday and Satur-day also at 7:30 p.m.
Prior to opening night, a sneak peak was offered to family Tuesday afternoon.
Whitney Hegg, musical director, said it was the first time the entire cast had been together for a full run through, adding she was hoping to tweak the performance over the days preceding opening night.
The cast includes a mix of veteran performers, as well as many who took to the stage for the first time.
Anna Polak and Maggie Estum are both familiar with the stage, as they have been involved in various productions over their school years.
“I’ve always liked acting,” said Estum, who has been involved in theater for five years. “Being on the stage just felt right.”
For Polak, who has 11 years of theater experience, what began as a family activity has continued, as she continues to enjoy being on the stage.
For Derek Bebeau, acting on the stage is a new experience.
While performing in front of a crowd may be familiar to Bebeau, he admitted there is a big difference between singing a piece in front of a microphone and singing and acting at the same time.
“The singing came easier, but the acting part was a lot harder,” said Bebeau, adding the challenge of using the whole stage during a performance has been something different. “This experience has really taken me out of my comfort zone. I’m glad I got involved.”
For Estum each performance is an opportunity for those involved to become a family, adding those involved really help each other out.
“This is a fun show,” said Polak, who said this is one of the productions she has en-joyed most as a student actress.
Bebeau, Polak, Est-um and the rest of the cast and crew invited the public to come and take in the local presentation. Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for students.