Dickens meets Jesus in The Prodigal Scooge
December 13, 2012By Tiffani Knowles

New Life Apostolic Church in Queens, NY presents a musical from Dec. 21-23 that puts a spin on Charles Dickens classic novel A Christmas Carol by painting Ebenezer Scrooge as a backsliding Christian.


Written and directed by drama minister April McCants Baskin, The Prodigal Scrooge: A Holiday Gospel Faith Musical follows the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, an arrogant wealthy casino owner who lives a lavish lifestyle on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Once a faithful servant of Christ, he has allowed his hunger for success to consume him.


Similar to the Dickens story, on Christmas Eve, three spirits or messengers from God visit Scrooge. He soon finds himself revisiting his abusive childhood and lost love from years past. In the end, will Ebenezer take heed to this sudden move of God in his life?


This clever fusion of the Dickens story and the Biblical parable of the prodigal son will provide audiences with five chances to be entertained at the Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 153-10 Jamaica Avenue in Jamaica, NY.



The show opens on Friday, Dec. 21st at 11 a.m. for a matinee performance to schools and families at $10 with the online promo code: SROOGESCHOOLS12



That evening at 7 p.m. is the opening night gala. Admission is $20. For VIP passes, tickets are $50, which will include red carpet access, a holiday red carpet photo, a VIP bag, floor seating and cast party access. Formal attire.



On Saturday, Dec. 22, the cast puts on an outreach matinee performance. Tickets are $20 or free to group homes, family shelters, and Sandy victims. After the show, they will be allowed to join the cast for holiday cookies and Christmas gifts. Senior citizens get a discount at this showing with the use of promo code: SCROOGESENIORS12. There is a 7 p.m. evening showing.





On Sunday Dec. 23, youth groups with 20 kids or more can see the show this night for $10 using promo code: SCROOGEYOUTH12


Proceeds from VIP tickets will offset production costs to ensure family shelter residents and Sandy victims receive free tickets to the show, goodies and Christmas gifts.


For more information, visit www.prodigalscrooge.com



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