LA natives put on show

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By Special to the Monitor

American Southwest Theater Company at NMSE Theater Arts presented Tom Smith’s adaptation of the Charles Dickens holiday classic, “A Christmas Carol,” at the Hershel Zohn Theatre on the NMSU campus.
“A Christmas Carol” follows the life of miserly Ebenezer Scrooge and his journey to redemption through the guidance of four ghosts. This production features original songs and choreography in addition to a large cast of NMSU students and community members.
“We are thrilled to present this classical ghost story,” said Managing Director Tom Smith. “Only Scrooge himself would be immune to the joy and spectacle this production brings to life.”
The production was directed by NMSU theater student Michael Derr of Los Alamos and featured scenic and lighting design by Jim Billings, costume design by Jordan Kelley, sound design by Tom Smith and properties by David Hereford.
American Southwest Theatre Company welcomed two guest artists to this production, musical director Robert Randall and choreographer Jennafer Jones. The production featured a cast including Ben Adams of Los Alamos, LaSasha Aldridge, Andre Bergsagei, Mandolynn Browning, Eric Burton, Valerie Cadena, Roxanne De Luna, Austin Dennis, Erin McClure of Los Alamos, Mandie Miller, Josh Padilla, Chris Rivas, Natasha Sanchez, Teddy Sanchez, Tom Smith, Krysta Snowden, Ellen Striepeke, Marcus Williams, D. John Young, William Zimmerman and young actors Levi Doyle, Emily Plain, Mariah Newtson and Davian Powels. Ethan Estep and Emily Frederickson shared the role of Tiny Tim.