Indiana University of Pennsylvania will present Charles Dickens’ holiday classic A
Christmas Carol. The production will run Tuesday–Saturday, December 3–7, 2013, at 8:00 p.m. A matinee will
be offered on Sunday, December 8, at 2:00 p.m. Performances will be presented
on the Waller Hall Mainstage of the IUP Performing Arts Center.
In an adaption by former
theater professor Ed Simpson and directed by department chair Brian Jones. A
Christmas Carol provides a variety of
imaginative elements to this popular family story.
The cast has been rehearsing since September to create these
characters and imagine how they relate to the central characters, Scrooge and
Bob Cratchit. It is a classic tale
revolving around the redemption of Scooge’s soul—a Christmas gift from his deceased
business partner, Jacob Marley.
When asked about the number and variety of roles in the
original novel, Jones stated,
“We’ve imagined the ensemble of 16 players who perform over 30
roles to be a cross-section of people in Dickens’s London. They represent all
the various social classes who were drawn to the story when it ran in the
London newspapers in 1843.
“I’ve asked the
company to examine the difference between Scrooge’s and Cratchit’s relationship
with mortality,” commented Jones.
“Through Cratchit’s reaction to Tiny Tim’s death, foretold by the Spirit
of Christmas Yet to Come, we see how love and compassion for humanity triumph.”
The skills of local puppeteer James Lydick are put to good
use in this production as well.
Many of the characters are performed through the use of large puppets, with
the spirits also represented by Lydick’s creations.
In a local connection to the story, it is interesting to note
that Dickens traveled to Pittsburgh to visit the Western
Penitentiary at about the time A Christmas Carol was written. Dickens was
notoriously interested in spirits and the afterlife, and the penitentiary was
notoriously haunted. Therefore, one might conclude that the “uneasy spirits” who
appear and haunt Scrooge must be somehow connected to our region through Dickens’s
Tickets for A Christmas Carol are available now at the Hadley Union
Building, located on Pratt Drive of the IUP campus, or by calling the HUB
Ticket Office at 724-357-1313. Tickets are also available at anytime online at
IUP Tickets. Any seats remaining will be sold at the door starting 45
minutes before curtain.
Tickets are priced at $14 for regular admission, $12 for
senior citizens and groups of 15 or more, and $9 with a university I-Card.
For more information, contact
the Lively Arts at 724-357-2547 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Theater-by-the-Grove is produced by the Department of Theater
and Dance and the College of Fine Arts. It is funded, in part, by the IUP Student
December 3, 2013–December 7, 20138:00 p.m.
December 8, 20132:00 p.m.Waller Hall Mainstage, IUP Performing Arts Center
Charles Dickens’ classic tale of redemption, told with magical wonder by the many characters of Dicken’s London just in time for the holidays. Puppetry and spectacle abound in this fast-paced rendition that surprises at every turn.
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