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Lonesome Valley Playhouse in Prescott Valley presents musical 'Scrooge'

The cast of "Scrooge."

The cast of "Scrooge."

The onslaught of holiday concerts, shows and plays continues with Lonesome Valley Playhouse putting on the musical "Scrooge," adapted from the music and screenplay of the 1970 musical film of the same name starring Albert Finney. Though some performances have already passed, there are still chances to see it at Prescott Valley United Methodist Church, 8944 E. Sommer Drive, at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 18-19, and at 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 19-20.

There was a tremendous demand for Lonesome Valley Playhouse to put on a Christmas show during the company's run of "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" earlier this year, director Tamee Niekamp said.

"The music in it is something that drew him," Niekamp said, adding that she and Rauch work well together so she decided to direct.

Tickets are $15 for general admission, $12 for seniors, $10 for students and free for teachers and children 5 and younger. For ticket information, call 928-583-4684.

The entire show was put together in five weeks, a shorter amount of time than other musicals usually have, Niekamp said. However, despite having less time, everything has come together nicely, she said. One of the biggest challenges was getting everybody together as there are so many things going on during the holiday season, Niekamp said. Yet, the cast was able to come together and practice three to four times per week.

What really helped during the time crunch was the number of families involved in the show and that all the actors took on additional duties, Niekamp said. The production encountered smooth sailing and no drama.

Like the film it's based on, "Scrooge" follows the plot of Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" and is a feel-good family play, Niekamp said.

"People will get into the Christmas spirit and enjoy it," she said, calling it a classic Christmas story. "It's a really family-oriented show."

By Jason Wheeler. Follow reporter Jason Wheeler on Twitter @PrescottWheels. Reach him at 928-445-3333 ext. 2037 or at 928-642-5277.