Christmas Carol

THE CENTRE FOR PERFORMING AND VISUAL ARTS AT CENTRAL MEMORIAL HIGH SCHOOL

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December 2014

By John Jakes (adapted from a novel by Charles Dickens)

A Christmas Carol tells the story of a bitter old miser named Ebenezer Scrooge and his transformation into a gentler, kindlier man after visitations by the ghost of his former business partner Jacob Marley and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come. The book was written at a time when the British were examining and exploring Christmas traditions from the past as well as new customs such as Christmas cards and trees.

This A Christmas Carol goes beyond other adaptations with a unique dramatic concept: At the opening curtain, Charles Dickens himself is introduced to the audience, ready to present one of the famed platform readings of his stories that packed auditoriums in Europe and America. The story unfolds behind him, and soon Dickens is weaving in and out of the action, observing, performing small roles, and interpolating short passages of narrative.

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