Prepare to see the Ghost of Christmas Past through the lens of years gone by.
Campus High School Mane Stage Theatre & Thespian Troupe No. 573 will perform an entirely black-and-white version of "A Christmas Carol" this month.
The production earned the school top honors in the state from Kansas Thespians, which is part of the International Thespian Society.
It's the first time Campus High has made the top four in the state. With that honor, the school has been asked to perform at the state thespian conference in January at Century II.
The "A Christmas Story" production holds true to the traditional story, but Campus High School drama and theater director Greg McGlynn said the makeup-covered students and monochrome set take the audience back to another time.
The students are airbrushed with makeup and wear gloves and long socks to hide any skin. McGlynn said the airbrushing also causes a bit of mist to stay in the air on the stage.
"It's almost a fuzzy look, taking (the audience) back to another time, like the early 1900s," he said. "It takes them back to an old movie theater."
The 36 students in the
cast and crew first performed the play in November. Judges from Kansas Thespians attended one of those shows and ranked the Campus High students based on acting, directing, set design, sound, costuming and makeup, in addition to other categories.
The scores were compared to other shows around Kansas, and Campus High's troupe tied with Pittsburg High School for the top score in the state.
Watching the performances in November, McGlynn said a feeling of pride came over him.
"You get that gulp in your throat and you feel like, 'Wow, they pulled all of this all together,' " he said.