‘Tis the season for Dickens A Christmas Carol

December 8, 2016 by  

The Christmas season would not be complete without seeing at least one version of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Nebraska Theatre Caravan, that has been performing this holiday tradition for almost 40 years, will be bringing it to Wilkes-Barre in a couple of weeks.

New arrangements of holiday songs such as Away in a Manger, Wassail Wassail, and Greensleeves are interwoven in the adaptation of the classic tale. A cast of 23 performers will be clad in colorful costumes, and the musical will have Broadway-style scenery.

The timeframe of the story has been moved from the original 1843 to London in 1883. This allows for Christmas trees and more attractive ‘Currier and Ives’ looking costuming. Scenes and costumes may remind those of us here in Kingston of traditional holiday cards.

The old curmudgeon Ebenezer Scrooge will be played by Andy Harvey, who is on his third tour with the production having played Marley the last two. Each character not only acts but becomes part of the singing and dancing ensembles.

Music will be provided by live performers. Even though the musical has carols and Christmas-themed music, it is not a comedy. Songs have been chosen and arranged for dramatic effect.

The musical will be presented next Wednesday, December 14 at the FM Kirby Theatre, 71 Public Square in Wilkes-Barre at 7:00 pm.