- Last Updated on 08:01 AM 11/18/13
- BY Emily Martin/Special to The Gazette
Many people would characterize teenagers today as self-absorbed and caring little about patriotism, much less history. However, Halifax County Little Theatre’s fall show “The Man Who Saved Christmas” brings together some of Halifax County’s most talented and theatrically experienced teenagers to tell a classic story about the American dream and the spirit of Christmas.
Sarah Brogden, Jason Fitts, Caleb and Kat Flowers and Evan and Lydia Snead all bring about 30 years of combined experience to the stage, and they are all under 18.
Brogden and Fitts are both sophomores at Halifax County High School and have participated in Little Theatre for many years. Brogden got her start on stage by following the lead of her older siblings and first appeared in Little Theatre’s “Children of Eden” in 2006.
She continued to make appearances in many other Little Theatre shows, such as “It’s a Wonderful Life,” which she counts as her favorite show. Fitts first came to the stage in Little Theatre’s “A Christmas Story,” after his mom encouraged him to audition in 2008.
He also appeared as Dill in Little Theatre’s “To Kill a Mockingbird.” They also bring their talents to the HCHS stage as well. Brogden appeared in last year’s “Snow White and the Seven Dwarves in the Black Forest,” and they both participated in HCHS One-Act Competition team’s show this year, “A Piece of My Heart.”
Siblings Caleb and Kat Flowers also caught the acting bug several years ago. Caleb first appeared in “The Sound of Music” as part of The Prizery summer theatre performances. He credits local costumer, Ginny Bogart, for encouraging him to audition, and a year later, his sister, Kat, followed him by appearing in “The Jungle Book.” Audiences may remember them in last year’s “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer,” in which Caleb played Huckleberry Finn and Kat played Susie Rogers; both count this as their favorite show.
The family affair in acting also continues with siblings Evan and Lydia Snead. Audiences all over the region may recognize this duo and their extensive stage experience. Lydia got her start in “Godspell” at the Southside Regional Governor’s School Drama program in Chatham, and Evan’s first role was in “Winnie the Pooh” in 2008. From then, they have regularly appeared in performances for Little Theatre, The Prizery and Clarksville Community Players. Their favorite show to date is also “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer,” in which Evan starred as the title character, and Lydia played the Widow Douglas.
In this show, each person is pulling double duty with multiple roles. In addition to everyone being factory workers, Evan is playing Daddy, Ellen’s father who is at war, and Caleb is playing Secretary of Commerce, William Redfield. Lydia and Sarah are also dancers, along with Kat, who is also a newsboy.
Each of these talented young people agrees that this show is one you don’t want to miss. In the words of these teenagers, “We’re fabulous!” Look for each of these young people supporting a great cast that brings to life the World War I era and spirit of Christmas.
"The Man Who Saved Christmas” is directed by Kristin Berry, with musical direction by Cheri Blackwell, remaining performances are Nov. 22, 23, 29 and 30 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 24 at 3 p.m. Tickets may be purchased at The Prizery box office in person at 700 Bruce St., South Boston, or by calling (434) 572-8339 or at Halifax County Little Theatre’s website, www.hclt.org.