by Charles Dickens
Adapted for the stage by Charles Jones
Musical arrangements by John Bennett
See Charles Dickens’ most beloved holiday story, A Christmas Carol, as you’ve never seen it before.
This celebrated Charles Jones adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol from Nebraska Theatre Caravan is rich with thrilling ensemble music, alive with color and movement and is created to tell this great and enduring tale in a manner that people of all ages will enjoy. Woven throughout this classic tale are beautiful new arrangements and moving renditions of holiday songs such as God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, Wassail Wassail, Good Christian Men Rejoice, Away in a Manger, Greensleeves, The Boar’s Head Carol and many more. Featuring a cast of 23 performers, live musicians, and Broadway-style scenery and costumes, audiences cherish this sumptuous holiday classic.
In this adaptation for the stage, one actor plays Ebenezer Scrooge. Each of the 24 member ensemble supports both the story and the music with exceptional ensemble singing and dancing, while each taking on a significant character as the story unfolds. The current directors and designers of this production do not attempt to stray from Charles Jones’ original concept. As stewards of the production they strive to convey to each company of players the integrity and the magic that are intrinsic to the piece.
A CHRISTMAS CAROL ARTISTIC STAFF
Kimberly Faith Hickman - Artistic Director of the Omaha Community Playhouse
Ablan Roblin - Director
Jeff Horger - Director
Michelle Garrity - Choreographer
Jim Boggess - Music Supervisor
Jim Othuse - Scenic and Lighting Designer
Georgiann Regan - Costume Designer
Darin Kuehler - Prop Master
Paula Clowers - Wardrobe Coordinator
The Nebraska Theatre Caravan was founded in 1975 as a joint project between the Omaha Playhouse and the Nebraska Arts Council “to bring together a small group of professional performer-teachers for workshops in Omaha and out-state.” The original 12-week program soon became a full time program touring to Greater Nebraska, Kansas and Wyoming, and in its second season was playing to 45,000 people in 37 communities.
In 1979 the Caravan started touring the Charles Jones adaptation of A Christmas Carol nationally with one company touring the Midwest. Three years later in 1982 another company was added to tour the East Coast and a third to tour the West Coast in 1987.
Since its inception the Nebraska Theatre Caravan has produced over 100 fully mounted productions, many of which were new works, and has played to 160 Nebraska communities and hundreds of others across the nation. The national tour of A Christmas Carol has performed in over 600 cities in 49 states and 4 Canadian provinces, and has been seen by over 3 million audience members.
The Nebraska Theatre Caravan is constantly evolving into new and exciting forms of theatre, meeting the artistic and educational needs of local, regional, and national audiences. From the middle of the country, thousands of miles from the heralded squares of art and culture, the Nebraska Theatre Caravan annually produces nationally acclaimed tours of A Christmas Carol, and other special tours and projects intermittently throughout the year. It is both an honor and a privilege to serve each community we partner with, and we hope to look forward to continuing those relationships for decades to come.
“Not even the wonders of television could top what the Nebraska Theatre Caravan has done with the story of tight-fisted Ebenezer Scrooge.” – Los Angeles, California
“The sets, costumes and music are authentic to the period . . . the whole experience is sheer pleasure.” - Flushing, New York
“The performance was magical! . . . A dream program . . .” - Charleston, Illinois
“The performances, along with rich and colorful scenery and period costuming, all combined to create a Christmas flavor one could almost taste just by watching . .. and what a superior taste it was.” - Oshkosh, Wisconsin
“Everything about it was perfect. The show is, by far, the finest, most colorful evening of entertainment we have ever had.” - Mansfield, Ohio
“It was no humbug.” - Iron Mountain, Michigan
“ . . . for strong, beguiling family entertainment, you can’t do much better than this production.” - Denver, Colorado
“God bless them, every one, and please bring them back again next year.” - St. Charles, Illinois