FORT MYERS, FL — For 29 years, watching Scrooge transform into a kinder man has been a tradition in Fort Myers in the Faith Assembly of God production of “The Gospel According to Scrooge”.
“The Gospel According to Scrooge” is the church’s take on “A Christmas Carol.” Members direct, produce, perform and make the costumes and elaborate sets.
In the play — which is free to the public — Ebenezer Scrooge is visited by the ghost of his former business partner and the spirits of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come. After their visits, Scrooge is transformed into a gentler man.
Church members have been rehearsing since September to get it just right for the thousands of people who will be coming to watch this major production.
Among those church members is Fate Mettauer, who is performing a key role as Bob Cratchit’s daughter. Fate’s parents — Chris and Chrissy Mettauer, owners of Mettauer Environmental— also are involved, in a unique way.
When all the shows are over and the curtains are drawn, the employees of Mettauer Environmental, along with other members of the community, will show up bright and early to disassemble the grand set.
“We bring our whole company to help,” says Chris Mettauer. We have been helping to take it down for at least 15 years. “The sets keep on getting bigger and bigger. Thankfully, so has our company so we have enough people to handle the job. It’s a two-story set, like a Broadway play. It takes all day to take down — about 8 hours. We enjoy helping the church do this play for the community. It’s a great show, and we are thankful to be able to help in whatever small way we can to keep it going for many years to come.”
The Gospel According to Scrooge Donations Accepted & Childcare Available Faith Assembly of God North Campus
7101 Bayshore Rd
North Fort Myers, Florida
7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7
2 p.m. & 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8
7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9
7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 10