The Woodland Opera House presents A Christmas Carol, opening this Friday, November 28th.
“What’s special about this particular version of the classic Dickens tale is that it’s told almost entirely through music and dance.” Director Bob Cooner shares.
And what a musical score! It’s by two of the most celebrated and prolific composers and lyricists currently working in the theatre today: Alan Menken and Lynn Ahrens. Menken is a multiple Oscar-winning composer who has created the classic scores for Disney’s A LITTLE MERMAID, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, ALADDIN, and more. Ahrens is the Tony Award-winning lyricist who has given us RAGTIME, ONCE ON THIS ISLAND, SEUSSICAL, and more. You’ve never seen a CHRISTMAS CAROL like this one, I promise you.
Rodger MacDonald leads the cast of 24 as Ebenezer Scrooge. The cast is full of such Opera House favorites as Nancy Agee, Jeff Nauer, Eddie Voyce, and Jason Hammond. These and other WOH veterans, along with some very talented newcomers of all ages, fill the stage with the magic and glow of the holiday season.
The musical centers on Ebenezer Scrooge, a prosperous curmudgeon who believes personal wealth is far more valuable than the happiness and comfort of others. With an infuriated “Bah! Humbug!” Scrooge summates his feelings of Christmas tidings and charitable giving, but he’s forced to face his selfish ways when three ghosts on Christmas Eve lead him through his Past, Present, & Future. Thanks to their guidance, Scrooge recognizes his faults and greets Christmas morning with a cheerful “Happy Christmas” before spending the day reconnecting and sharing love with those that mean the most to him.
Set designer Jason Hammond has created a beautiful set that takes us from the streets of London, to Scrooge’s bedroom, to a dark cemetery and back again.
“I tried to incorporate some of the lyrics into the set design,” Hammond explains. “For example, Scrooge sings about remembering a red door several times, so I gave him a red door.”
The show is choreographed by Tim Stewart and co-stage managed by Jon Dahlberg and Chris Taloff, and will run through December 21st. Performances will be Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm and Sundays at 2pm. There will be an additional matinee at 2 p.m. on Saturday, December 13th.