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Gwinnett Senior Center Get Their Own Viewing of 'A Christmas Carol'

'The World's Our Stage' performed a quirky, powerful rendition of the popular play.

On Dec. 4, 'The World's Our Stage (TWOS),' a division of the Southern Gwinnett Community Arts, performed a whimsical version of the holiday classic 'A Christmas Carol.'

The group performed at the Christmas Tree Lighting on Nov. 24 as well. 

The Snellville Senior Center played host to a crowd of around forty people. Although the cast stayed true to the story line, their use of props and change of characters kept the audience on their toes. 

For example, Kirk Buis, a Language Arts teacher at South Gwinnett High school, shared the role of Scrooge with veteran actor Jonathan Cates. Scene by scene, the two switched out costumes and took on different personas. 

The other actors, including Kathleen Mardis, Kim Elmore, Jennifer Mardis, Wendy Mardis and Christopher Sanders, did the same. If you have never had the opportunity to watch this troupe perform, be sure to catch their next show. Or, invite them to your next event! As a traveling theatre troupe dedicated to bringing performing arts to an audience, they are more than happy to perform at any location. Their goal is to enrich the lives of those who "might not have a chance to see a live performance," according to TWOS. 

Although the performance was at times tongue-in-cheek, Buis and Cates delivered some truly moving performances. Their acting skills and ability to transform into character were impressive, to say the least. Each has a long history of stage performance, and Buis has written and directed a number of dramas. 

Cates most recently played Mr. Warbucks in First Baptist Church's production of Annie. 

For more information, visit the Southern Gwinnett Community Arts' website

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