“The Gospel According to Scrooge” stage production returns for its second year, bringing Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol to life in ministry to South Florida’s communities this December. Revelation Ministries, South Florida’s Christian performing arts organization, will present this free Christmas production at New Covenant Church on December 1, at Community of Hope on December 7 & 9, and at St. Paul Lutheran Church on December 15 & 16.
Revelation Ministries’ Director Oksana Horton shared that this two-act Christmas musical performance with vivacious acting, singing and dancing “is an unforgettable story of how a life can be truly transformed by the love of God.”
The production is designed for audiences from varying walks of life. Actors of all ages will portray a story, which speaks to the sinful nature of man and God’s intervening providence.
Horton said she chose this story particularly because it resonates with both Christians and non-Christians. From their own upbringing with this classic tale, the audience will recognize Scrooge and Tiny Tim and can easily relate with their experiences.
“The Gospel According to Scrooge” is an entertaining yet meaningful way to impact our community with the Gospel during the Christmas season,” Horton said. “Our hope is to show the love and mercy of God to a world in desperate need of both.”
According to its synopsis, “The Gospel According to Scrooge” is a musical adaptation of the classic tale, Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Set in Victorian England on Christmas Eve, “it is about Ebenezer Scrooge, a miserly, cynical old man whose life is transformed by the spirit of Christmas.”
Although everyone views him as cold-hearted, Scrooge has not always been so. His world became darkened when as a child, his parents were imprisoned for debt. “Financially orphaned” and unable to help his family and himself, Scrooge was convinced that God had neglected him, and had to make his way through life on his own. Having chosen a life without God and relying solely on self, Scrooge becomes immersed with his needs and wants, as he turns cold, disgruntled and harsh.
However, God loves Scrooge too much to leave him in that state. So, he brings The Cratchits, a poor family with a crippled son, Tiny Tim, into his life. Their love for Christ and family, and their rare benevolence toward Scrooge highlight the fact that there is more to life than money. To ensure that Scrooge grasps the message, God sends three queer visitors.
We all have an Ebenezer Scrooge in our story. Learn from yours in “The Gospel According to Scrooge” showing at various venues this holiday season.
Expecting 4,000 people or more, this year, the cast will present a full production of “The Gospel According to Scrooge” at three major venues in Broward and Palm Beach Counties. At 7 p.m. on December 1, New Covenant Church, 1101 NW 33rd Street, Pompano Beach, will host the musical. On December 7 at 7:30 p.m. and December 9 at 2 p.m., Community of Hope East Campus, 2341 South Military, West Palm Beach, will host it as well. The performance will also take place at St. Paul Lutheran Church & School, 701 West Palmetto Park Road, Boca Raton on December 14 at 7:30 p.m., December 15 at 7:30 p.m. and December 16 at 2 p.m.
If you are interested in sponsoring the ministry, Revelation Ministries will accept a freewill offering at givetoglory.com.
Lydia Hicks serves as editorial assistant at Good News and is a graduate of the Bob Schieffer College of Communication at Texas Christian University. She can be reached at [email protected].