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A ‘Christmas Carol’ comes to Beaver Creek

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Special to the Daily Tiny Tim in "A Christmas Carol" by the Nebraska Theatre Caravan. The show is set for the Vilar Performing Arts Center on Tuesday at 4 and 8 p.m.
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BEAVER CREEK ” For millions of families all over the world, “A Christmas Carol” is just as much a part of the tradition of the season as a tree or Santa Claus. Join the ranks on Tuesday when two performances at the Vilar Performing Arts Center, at 4 and 8 p.m., bring the classic tale to life for the entire family.

A cast of timeless characters, including the best known and loved phantoms in literature, take adults and children alike on a sentimental and supernatural journey.

The audience is reeled in with awe as the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge is transported through space and time in a quest for the true meaning of Christmas.

Charles Jones’ stage adaptation of the novel is filled with music and dance that create a mood and take the viewer deeper into the spirit of the holidays. Audiences recognize the traditional English carols, such as “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen,” “The Holly and the Ivy” and “Here We Come A-Wassailing” as they weave their way through the story, but many are pleasantly surprised by the more humble carols like “Susanni (Alleluia),” “Coventry Carol” and “The Other Night.”

John Bennett creates original arrangements for voice and a woodwind/piano quartet to bring the special flavor of Dickens’ London to the stage. Choreographer Joanne Cady also draws on the English culture of the time using traditional dances for the Christmas celebration of Scrooge’s youth, as well as that of nephew Fred.

The language and the story of the text are faithful to Charles Dickens, but Jones opted to set the story in 1886 ” some 40 years from when the book was originally published. In doing so, he was able to incorporate more of the secular English customs we know today, such as the Christmas tree, plum pudding and even the Christmas card.

Since 1979, the critically-acclaimed Nebraska Theatre Caravan has brought Dickens’ timeless fable, “A Christmas Carol” to more than two million people in the United States. The chilling poverty and the luxurious wealth of 19th century London provide the dramatic backdrop to this tale. The players use music, dance and drama to weave the spellbinding fable of a man who is given the rarest of gifts: the chance to look in his heart and change his life.

The Nebraska Theatre Caravan is the professional touring wing of the Omaha Community Playhouse, a unique partnership of a professional company and the nation’s largest community theatre. The Caravan has three touring companies that perform “A Christmas Carol” each November and December throughout the United States.

Tickets for “A Christmas Carol” are $35 to $50 for the 4 p.m. performance, and $50 for all tickets for the 8 p.m. performance. Tickets are available by calling the VPAC Box Office at 888.920.ARTS(2787) or online at vilarpac.org.

What: “A Christmas Carol”

Where: Vilar Performing Arts Center, Beaver Creek

When: Tuesday, 4 and 8 p.m.

Cost: $35 to $50 for the 4 p.m. performance, and $50 for all tickets for the 8 p.m. performance

More information: Call 888.920.ARTS(2787) or visit vilarpac.org.


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