BEAVER CREEK — The Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek invites locals and guests to celebrate another wonderful holiday tradition at the Vilar Center with Tiny Tim, The Cratchits and that surly Scrooge.
The popular holiday classic comes to life in rich detail with incredible music and movement by the Nebraska Theatre Caravan. Perfect for audiences of all ages, this celebrated adaptation of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” features a cast of 24, accompanied by live musicians and Broadway-style scenery and costumes.
Magic Brought to Life
In this adaptation for the stage, one actor plays Ebenezer Scrooge. Each of the 24-member ensemble supports both the story and the music with singing and dancing, while each taking on a significant character as the story unfolds. The current directors and designers of this production do not attempt to stray from Charles Jones’ original conceit. As stewards of the production they strive to convey to each company of players the integrity and the magic that are intrinsic to the piece.
Here is Jones’ introduction to the piece: “I think of this adaptation and the production of ‘A Christmas Carol’ as a masque. It is not a musical comedy. The songs do not move the story forward; they stand apart, completely separate from the text. Each song or carol was chosen for the dramatic atmosphere it contributes to the total experience. The songs are traditional, but John Bennett’s scoring is contemporary and exquisitely beautiful.
“The language and the story of the text are faithful to Dickens. I have taken one major liberty. The original novella was published in 1843. I have moved the time forward 40 years to 1886. By this time, the secular English Christmas customs were fairly well established as we know them today. By 1886, the German Christmas tree had become an English form. We also found that the costume silhouettes from the 1880s were more attractive and created more readily a ‘Dickens Christmas look,’ not unlike those found in the paintings of Currier and Ives.”
“You can’t help but fall in love with a Christmas classic like ‘A Christmas Carol’ time and time again,” said Kris Sabel, executive director for the Vilar Center. “We’re fortunate to have the talented Nebraska Theatre Caravan bring this story to life on our stage and look forward to taking part in our audience’s traditions with their families for the holiday season.”
Tickets to “A Christmas Carol” are still available. Details and tickets are available online at vilarpac.org, by phone at 970-845-TIXS or in person at the box office in Beaver Creek.
“You can’t help but fall in love with a Christmas classic like ‘A Christmas Carol’ time and time again. We’re fortunate to have the talented Nebraska Theatre Caravan bring this story to life on our stage.”
Executive director of the Vilar Performing Arts Center