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‘Tis the season for Tiny Tim

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Special to the DailyNebraska Theatre Caravan has brought Charles Dickens' timeless fable "A Christmas Carol" to over 2 million people in the United States. The troupe tours to the Vilar Center with the show Saturday.

BEAVER CREEK – In the weeks leading up to the holidays, which so often become a blur of shopping, entertaining and traveling in today’s society, it’s good to know that one tradition will be holding strong in Beaver Creek this season.

Ebenezer Scrooge and the rest of the cast of holiday favorite “A Christmas Carol” return to the Vilar Center stage Saturday at 4 p.m. and again at 8 p.m. in performances of one of the best-loved, enduring holiday tales of all times. Since 1979, the critically acclaimed Nebraska Theatre Caravan has brought Dickens’ timeless fable “A Christmas Carol” to over 2 million people in the United States. The chilling poverty and the luxurious wealth of 19th century London provide the dramatic backdrop to this tale in which 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 change his life and find his heart.

A cast of timeless characters – including the best known and loved phantoms in literature – takes adults and children on a sentimental and supernatural journey. The audience is reeled in as the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge is transported through space and time in a quest for the true meaning of Christmas.Dickens’ “Little Christmas Book,” “A Christmas Carol” was first published on December 19, 1843. The story has since been translated in countless stage and silver screen renditions, with favorites including the 1951 Scrooge starring Alastair Sim as Scrooge, as well as the 1992 family classic “The Muppet Christmas Carol.”

Charles Jones’ stage adaptation of the novel is filled with music and dance that induce a timeless Christmas mood and take the audience 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 surprised by the more humble carols like “Susanni (Alleluia),” “Coventry Carol” and “The Other Night.” 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 country.

Tickets for the performance are $35 for children and $50 for adults for the 4pm performance, and $50 for all tickets to the 8 p.m. performance. Tickets are available by calling the Vilar Center Box Office at 845-TIXS (8497) or online at vilarcenter.org. The Vilar is offering Special Locals Pricing through Dec. 22, where theatergoers can purchase tickets to five shows, and get the sixth show free. The Vilar Center for the Arts is a project of the Vail Valley Foundation.

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