Saratoga Bridges celebrates with 'A Christmas Carol'

The holiday favorite, A Christmas Carol, will get yet another makeover as members of Saratoga Bridges make it their own in a performance on Friday, Dec. 18, at Ballston Spa High School. The cast has been working diligently for about six weeks to prepare for their big debut and have gotten a bunch of help from the high school's Theater Outreach Program.

Saratoga Bridges is a local organization that offers several day services for adults with developmental disabilities with the main goal being to help "every individual strive to reach his/her personal goals and dreams in order to have a full, active life," according to the Web site.

Members of Saratoga Bridges went to see a holiday train that toured the nation during the release of Disney's "A Christmas Carol" several months ago. They fell in love with the movie and decided that's what they wanted to perform, said Director Harry Lummis, and they then reached out to the Ballston Spa Theater Outreach Program for help with the production and use of their auditorium and equipment.

"They're basically doing their own version of "A Christmas Carol." They got excited [after the movie] and decided they wanted to do it themselves so they gave me a call," said Lummis, who has been involved in community theater for 25 years and volunteers his time when needed. "We have about 18 people, which is a good size ensemble to play different parts in the show. It's been a labor of love."

The high school students help with lights, set, makeup and anything else the cast might need. Mary Kate Moran has been an active member of the outreach program for two years and said that her experience working with people from Bridges has been a gratifying and fun experience.

"This is good because it's helping people that aren't as capable of doing it and might not normally have the chance or opportunity," said Moran, 16. "It's pretty fun to help them"a lot are so sweet and it's fun to see them learn what they need to do. It's a good cause because it's like we're helping theater out in the community and also helping people that need the help."

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