October 22, 2014

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Brunswick ACT bridges Christmas past, present

By JOHN BENSON

Special to The Gazette

BRUNSWICK HILLS TWP. — 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.

It’s for this reason the Brunswick Alumni Community Theater Board of Trustees member and artistic director enjoys directing the company’s annual adult-youth holiday show.

This year’s production is “A Christmas Carol,” which runs weekends Dec. 5 through 14 at Skyview Lodge in Brunswick Hills Township.

“Brunswick 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,” Nabors said. “This year we have about a quarter of the cast are adults and three-fourths are children anywhere between the ages of 4 and 17.”

She added, “I direct most of the youth-adult shows because I’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 — it’s a learning experience — 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.”

While Nabors admitted some of the hurdles of the youth-adult show revolve around schedules — not too early for the adults and not too late for the kids — there’s a positive feeling associated with these cross-generational shows. In the past, Nabors has directed other holiday productions like “Rough Night at North Pole/How the Penguins Saved Christmas” and twice “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.”

“The Charles Dickens classic is a good show for us,” Nabors said. “Of course, it’s a short version of Charles Dickens’ classic, and it’s just a perfect show for us to do to use a wide variety of people in our setting at Skyview. That’s why we chose the show.”

It’s bridging the (Christmas) past with the (Christmas) future that Nabors believes makes Brunswick ACT’s “A Christmas Carol” something special.

“They 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,” Nabors said. “And it’s a good show. It’s a shorter version but it’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.

“It’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. It’s really something special. And it’s kind of the spirit of what Christmas is all about.”

Brunswick ACT’s “A Christmas Carol” 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 brunswickact@yahoo.com or visit www.brunswickact.org.

Benson may be reached at ididhear@aol.com.