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Victoria Grace Leads UWF Theatre’s First Student Directed ‘A Christmas Carol’

The 2018 UWF Theatre Department’s production of “A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas” marks the first year a student is the director of this play and the first time a student has been a director of a UWF Theatre production after a decade. But don’t let the fact that Victoria Grace is a student mislead you into thinking she is a rookie. Grace has directed two other productions for the Northwest Florida Theatre Festival and has been the assistant director for several UWF productions such as “Your Wings Have Eyes” and “Romeo and Juliet.”

“UWF has really given me a chance to shine here,” said Grace. “I feel that my time here has been a great chance to grow and prepare for the next level of my career.”

Grace is a senior double majoring in Performance Studies and Arts Administration. Once she graduates, Grace plans to get an MFA in directing and direct professionally. Grace has a particular interest in political theatre because she wants her plays to have a message to improve our culture for the better, and she is beginning with “A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas.”

“My vision was to make this Christmas classic tradition more focused on humanity,” said Grace. “I feel that this script can be interpreted in many ways. The presence of the ghosts makes the show have the potential to become a scary story focused on these “other-worldly” beings. I wanted to bring a fresh look at humanity, life, redemption, and heart to this show. I want the audience to walk away and be able to apply this wonderful story to their own lives and their own actions.”

Grace focuses on humanity in the play by reconstructing the character Scrooge into someone the audience can relate to and less like a caricature of a grumpy old man. She also added Christmas Carols.

“I think the most rewarding part of being a director is telling a story to the world and knowing that I am touching their hearts and minds through my art. There is something undeniable about the power of theatre.”

Grace’s production of “A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas” opens this weekend until Sunday, Dec. 16. Admission is free for UWF students and starts at $12 for visitors, but you have to hurry as the seats sell out fast!

Gina Castro is a junior at the University of West Florida where she is double majoring in English Literature and Journalism. She is currently the Editor-in-Chief and Founder of The Argonautica and an editorial intern for Ballinger Publishing. When she's not researching new stories to write articles about, she is watching knitting tutorials or obsessing over Toni Morrison.

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