On Monday evening, the AP French students presented A Christmas Carol in French on the high school stage. The translated title is Un Conte de Noel.
The new tradition of a French Christmas Carol got its roots in the fall of 2015 when French V (now AP French) teacher Karyn Ferdella asked her students what they expected from the course. Patrick Callahan suggested this play with all the words in French. Ferdella found an abridged script of the play and translated it into French. The show debuted that December.
Before each scene, the announcer gave a summary in English so the audience could better follow the play which was directed by AHS graduate Caroline Saltz, a theater major at UCONN. Also helping out were Virginia Bailey and Nick LaPete with the music and theatrics and Jason Bergman with the technical aspects.
As the third performance in four years, participants were:
Scrooge: Paige Souda; Marley: Gianna Bernier; Christmas Past: Sophia Mazzone;
Christmas Present: Haley Croteau; Christmas Future: Neil Wykes
Bob Cratchit: Simon Stevens; Mrs. Cratchit: Alexandra Masterson
Tiny Tim: Marissa Gallant; Cratchit kids: Erin Hazelhurst, Katelyn Cormier;
Schoolboy Scrooge: Hans de Klerk; Scrooge’s Sisters: Erin Hazelhurst, Katelyn Cormier; Scrooge’s Dad: Nicholas Bisceglia; Fezziwig: Ethan Ly;
Scrooge’s Girlfriend: Karyn Ferdella; Nephew Fred: Neil Wykes;
Fred’s wife: Gianna Bernier; Christmas morning boy: Gianna Bernier;
Stage Crew & Lighting: Hannah Chapdelaine, Corey Leonard and AP French students; Music: Matthew Smith; Director: Caroline Saltz