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Satanta and Sublette Students Experience “A Christmas Carol” Firsthand

By Susan Williams

The children of Haskell County and South Gray were given a gift of Christmas spirit with a production of “A Christmas Carol” presented New York-based actors, Brett Crandall and Jordon Snow on Thursday, December 13, 2018. The pair. Originally from Deerfield and Scott City, respectively, performed a two-man show with the help of select audience members from the Satanta, Sublette, and South Gray schools. https://ssl.gstatic.com/ui/v1/icons/mail/images/cleardot.gif


The Western Kansas Community Foundation headquartered in Garden City and serving 15 counties in Southwest Kansas provided a grant to fund the performance. The Satanta Area Arts Council and the Montezuma United Methodist Church worked together to make the event possible.


A total of 198 people attended the show. Third, fourth and fifth graders from Montezuma, fourth through sixth grade from Copeland, and fifth and sixth grade from Satanta and Sublette attended the performance. A few community adults also attended. During the performance, Scrooge scared the adults in the crowd with a very loud BAH-Humbug. Makayla Skidmore told Crandall, “I thought you were going to give my Grandma a heart attack!”  After the show, both actors talked about how the age group attending was the perfect one. Every student was engaged and the questions they asked after the show proved that.


The SAAC and the Montezuma UMC thank the WKCF for the funding. These groups hope to partner in more shows in the future in an effort to expand SAAC’s efforts to bring more live theater and music to Southwest Kansas.