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Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol

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Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol

Friday, December 2, 2016 – 8pm
Saturday, December 3, 2016 – 3pm

 

When Charles Dickens first set quill to parchment to conceive this brilliant tale, he could never have known what an enduring work he was about to create. His novella met with instant success and critical acclaim when first published in 1843, and has since been retold in dozens of languages through every imaginable media format including animated and live action film, opera, ballet, a Broadway musical, a BBC mime production starring Marcel Marceau, and even a chamber orchestra composition.

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When Charles Dickens first set quill to parchment to conceive this brilliant tale, he could never have known what an enduring work he was about to create. His novella met with instant success and critical acclaim when first published in 1843, and has since been retold in dozens of languages through every imaginable media format including animated and live action film, opera, ballet, a Broadway musical, a BBC mime production starring Marcel Marceau, and even a chamber orchestra composition.

The story has been imagined and realized by the Muppets, Mr Magoo, Bugs Bunny, Mickey Mouse, the Flintstones, and the Smurfs; and notable actors Albert Finney, George C Scott, Jim Carrey, Alastair Sim, Lionel Barrymore, and Patrick Stewart have all tried their hand at bringing that glorious old curmudgeon named Ebenezer to life.

The phrase “Merry Christmas” itself was popularized following the appearance of the story, and the name “Scrooge” and exclamation “Bah! Humbug!” entered the English lexicon as a result.

Written and published in early Victorian era Britain, Carol evolved during a period when there was strong nostalgia for old Christmas traditions together with the introduction of new customs (stimulated by Prince Albert, Queen Victoria’s German-born husband, who popularized the German Christmas tree in Britain after their marriage in 1841, the first Christmas card in 1843, and a revival in carol singing).

Dickens divides the book into five chapters, which he labels “staves”, that is, song stanzas or verses, in keeping with the title of the book as a Carol. Dickens’ Carol was one of the greatest influences in rejuvenating the old Christmas traditions of England but, while it brings to the reader images of light, joy, warmth and life, it also brings strong and unforgettable images of darkness, despair, cold, sadness and death. It is our sincere hope that this production covers all those bases for you, dear patron, that you might laugh, cry, gasp, and think upon the wonder of the Christmas season.  God Bless Us Every One.

Scott H Severance- Director

 

 

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