The Utah Shakespeare Festival’s 2011 holiday Playmakers production of Charles’s Dickens’s A Christmas Carol will once again take center stage at the Randall L. Jones Theatre. Meant to get the entire family in the Christmas spirit, these annual performances will begin this year at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 15 and 16 and at 2 p.m. on Dec. 17.
As part of the Festival’s educational mission, matinees for the local schools are also being presented on December 14, 15, and 16.
Over 40 children from the area, all of them members of the Festival education department’s popular and intensive Playmakers program, will act or perform in the orchestra. The students range in age from seven to seventeen. They have been rehearsing since late October.
Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol is an original play adaptation of the novel by the famous English Victorian writer. It tells the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, a cranky old man who doesn't believe in the spirit of Christmas, and how he is changed by seeing his past, present, and future one Christmas Eve. The story is told through music, dance and Dickens's poetic language.
The play is directed by Michael Bahr and Josh Stavros, with music direction by Dr. LeGrand Andersen. It was adapted and is stage managed by Miranda Giles.
“Playmakers instills a sense of confidence in students,” said Michael Bahr, the Festival education director. “When students perform they learn about themselves and each other. I'm thrilled with the growth of the Playmakers students. Many are returning students and their skill and confidence have grown tremendously."
Tickets for the public are now on sale now at 1-800-PLAYTIX and www.bard.org.
The price is $5 for adults and $3 for children.