To the editor of THE EAGLE:

This past Wednesday, 23 children in grades three through six from Hancock Elementary School, with their teachers, attended a performance of "A Christmas Carol" at the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield. Like the rest of the school children in a full house, we were enthralled.

I wanted to share with you some of the comments written by students in our mixed grade English Language Arts enrichment class:

"I loved your production of ‘A Christmas Carol.’ All that thunderous booming sound was superb."

"The spirits looked as if they were true specters."

"CAUTION! There are repulsive spirits. There are also outstanding sound effects."

"I liked the part where the Spirit of Christmas Past appeared with Mr. Scrooge and took him to the past."

"I think the best part of the play was when the phantom of the future slowly rose his gnarled hand toward Scrooge’s grave, the church bells ringing and chains rattling. I felt like the hand was rising inside me!"

"I think the setting was amazing, such as the part where the ghost of Christmas Future came and pointed to the horrifying grave."

"I enjoyed when Marley’s face was glowing in the door. I always got a giggle when Scrooge said, ‘Bah Humbug.’ Then another spirit would strike."

"The sound of Marley’s chains left me dumbstruck."

"The last spirit, the Spirit of Christmas Future, was terrifying and terrible."

"Marley’s make-up was creepy. It definitely scared me! This was the best play I have ever seen."

If you haven’t yet had the pleasure of seeing this performance, get thee to the theater!



The writer is a sixth grade and ELA enrichment teacher at Hancock Elementary School.