The show runs through Dec. 23 at the Beverly theater.
Being able to work alongside professional, veteran actors for her first play has been a “huge life experience” for her daughter, Sousa said.
“She’s had so much more of an education than she would in an entire year of acting workshops. She’s learned so much.”
Along with Emily, the musical includes two other familiar actors: Amesbury’s Julia Yameen is playing the role of Scrooge’s sister, Fan, and veteran acting professional John Budzyna is among the ensemble.
Julia, a sixth-grader at Amesbury Middle School, is also performing at the Beverly theater- in-the-round for the first time, but her resume includes numerous other local theaters and join in community productions. The 11-year-old has had roles in “Pinkalicious” at the Ogunquit Playhouse in Maine and a Pentucket Players production of “The Sound of Music.”
In 2010, Julia played the lead in a Pentucket Players production of “Annie,” and last month, she also had the starring role in The Actorsingers production of “Annie” in Nashua, N.H. She also dances at Performance Plus in Salisbury, where she first met Emily. She was assigned to be her “big sister” through a program Coco put in place for her youngest students.
“It’s much different,” Julia said of acting on a round stage and using the aisles. “When you’re on the stage that ‘Annie’ was performed on, you always have to make sure you’re facing the audience so they can hear you.”
Julia first saw “A Christmas Carol” at North Shore Music Theatre when her friend, Maggie Budzyna of Newburyport, played the role of one of Bob Crachit’s children.
“I was amazed at the whole performance, how good everyone was, how good the technical work was,” Julia said. “That’s when I really wanted to try out for one of their shows.