By JOHN BENSON
Special to The Gazette
BRUNSWICK HILLS TWP. â€” As a Newton D. Baker School of the Arts teacher in Cleveland, Brunswick resident Stayce Nabors feels she knows the ins and outs of providing a performing arts foundation for youth.
Itâ€™s for this reason the Brunswick Alumni Community Theater Board of Trustees member and artistic director enjoys directing the companyâ€™s annual adult-youth holiday show.
This yearâ€™s production is â€œA Christmas Carol,â€ which runs weekends Dec. 5 through 14 at Skyview Lodge in Brunswick Hills Township.
â€œBrunswick ACT does a youth-adult collaborative show every year at the holiday time, and the purpose of doing that is so that the children can learn from the adults and the adults can learn from the children,â€ Nabors said. â€œThis year we have about a quarter of the cast are adults and three-fourths are children anywhere between the ages of 4 and 17.â€
She added, â€œI direct most of the youth-adult shows because Iâ€™m a teacher and directing children is what I do. So I just naturally am inclined to work with kids and the adults and we do that â€” itâ€™s a learning experience â€” at holiday time because it seems most of the children are available early on in the school year, whereas in the spring they get involved with other things.â€
While Nabors admitted some of the hurdles of the youth-adult show revolve around schedules â€” not too early for the adults and not too late for the kids â€” thereâ€™s a positive feeling associated with these cross-generational shows. In the past, Nabors has directed other holiday productions like â€œRough Night at North Pole/How the Penguins Saved Christmasâ€ and twice â€œThe Best Christmas Pageant Ever.â€
â€œThe Charles Dickens classic is a good show for us,â€ Nabors said. â€œOf course, itâ€™s a short version of Charles Dickensâ€™ classic, and itâ€™s just a perfect show for us to do to use a wide variety of people in our setting at Skyview. Thatâ€™s why we chose the show.â€
Itâ€™s bridging the (Christmas) past with the (Christmas) future that Nabors believes makes Brunswick ACTâ€™s â€œA Christmas Carolâ€ something special.
â€œThey should come to the show to see the talents that have come together and the experience that the children are getting and what the adults have taught them through the process,â€ Nabors said. â€œAnd itâ€™s a good show. Itâ€™s a shorter version but itâ€™s very upbeat. It really tells us the story of Scrooge and how anything is possible at Christmas, and how people change and how the best of everything comes out in people at Christmas time.
â€œItâ€™s just a really warm feeling that you get when you see the show and see how excited the children are by doing that and putting on the performance. Itâ€™s really something special. And itâ€™s kind of the spirit of what Christmas is all about.â€
Brunswick ACTâ€™s â€œA Christmas Carolâ€ takes place 7:30 p.m. Dec. 5, 6, 12 and 13 and 3 p.m. Dec. 7 and 14 at Skyview Lodge, 336 Pearl Road, Brunswick Hills Township. Tickets are $7.
For more information, call 216-472-3522, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.brunswickact.org.
Benson may be reached at email@example.com.