Today’s Art Talk Monday is from Amy Beasley with Ruston Community Theatre (RCT.) Get your tickets to A Christmas Carol, the Musical, here. Learn more about RCT here.
Beginning November 30th and running through December 3rd, Ruston Community Theatre will present their second production of the 2017-18 season, A Christmas Carol, sponsored by Green Clinic, LLC and directed by Dee Alexander.
Arguably Charles Dickens’s most popular story joins the composing genius of Alan Menken (Aladdin, The Little Mermaid, Newsies, Little Shop of Horrors, etc.) to create a beautifully moving musical! In his book, Dickens tells of a Christmas Eve in old London when a cruel and miserly Ebenezer Scrooge meets the spirit of his deceased business partner, Jacob Marley. Marley warns Scrooge of his hard-hearted ways and urges him to change before it’s too late. With much concern for his friend’s soul, Marley proceeds to send three more spirits to help convince Scrooge that indeed his afterlife is in great jeopardy. Although Dickens never mentions the birth of Christ in this acclaimed Christmas tale, his allegorical style is conspicuous as he calls his readers to heed many of Christ’s commands regarding society—the most obvious in his book being that we care for the least of these rather than allowing them to just “die and decrease the surplus population” –Ebenezer Scrooge. Menken’s score only works to enhance Dickens’s plea to love & serve mankind. It is exquisitely full and complex, yet filled with simple, catchy melodies. I suspect you’ll find yourself humming pieces of it the rest of the season. Together Dickens and Menken have created an outstanding piece of holiday musical theatre that will warm the soul.
“It’s been a joy to work with this talented cast to make this classic tale come alive on the Dixie stage!” says Director Dee Alexander. “We have all come to love the wonderful score by Alan Menken that really sets this adaptation of Scrooge’s Christmas adventure apart from others. A cast and crew of over 80 people are working to make this production spectacular!”
When asked what the audience will most enjoy about the show, Johnathan Baines, who plays Ebenezer Scrooge says, “I think the audience will definitely enjoy the music. This is a very different musical than the ones we have previously presented. Whereas, those are mostly dialogue interrupted with a song, this show is almost completely sung. Even where there is spoken dialogue, there is always background music.” Regarding his favorite part of the show Baines says, “[Although] ‘Fezziwig’s Christmas Ball’ is the show-stopping musical number that everyone will love, I personally enjoy the scenes I do with Greg Green (Ghost of Christmas Present). He is so boisterous and brings a lot of energy to the character; it makes reacting to him a lot of fun!”
Bethany Cardenas appears in the show as the youthful Ghost of Christmas Past. “It is a joy to take on the bright role of the Ghost of Christmas Past. She cares so deeply for humankind and comes to Ebenezer to remind him of the warmth he once felt for others. I hope to inspire warmth into your hearts, as well!”
Tami Alexander plays the grim role of the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Be. She says A Christmas Carol is her favorite holiday story. “I have probably read the book and play over 100 times. It is a wonderful, complex, and frightening tale of a beautiful change of the heart. The music is wonderful…[and] every character brings meaning and purpose to the story. I look forward to scaring you as the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come!”
Ticket presales (in the lobby of the Dixie) are as follows:
Tuesday, November 21st: 5:30-6:30
Monday, November 27th: 11:30-1:00
Tuesday, November 28th: 11:30-1:00
Wednesday, November 29th: 11:30-1:00
Tickets can also be purchased an hour before showtime or online at http://mkt.com/rctruston
Start your Christmas season with Ruston Community Theatre’s A Christmas Carol the Musical. And God Bless us, everyone!