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Charles Dickens' Ghostly Tale Premieres in Winston-Salem

November 20, 2013

Preston Lane’s adaptation of A Christmas Carol takes the stage at Hanesbrands Theatre, December 10 – 22, 2013

(Winston-Salem, NC) — Called “A Christmas Carol as Dickens intended,” Preston Lane’s acclaimed adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol comes to the Hanesbrands Theatre in downtown Winston-Salem, directed by Bryan Conger. Ebenezer Scrooge’s last chance is one night and three spirits. It’s a life-changing ride through past, present and future as he learns what it means to be human. In true Triad Stage fashion, this faithful adaptation of Dickens’ classic story dazzles and delights with bold acting, daring design and spine-tingling special effects. This brand new production is a ghostly tale of Yuletide cheer, gracious redemption and heart-warming hope for the whole family. A Christmas Carol runs December 10 through December 22, 2013. Opening Night is Friday, December 13.

Adapter and Triad Stage co-founder and Artistic Director Preston Lane considers A Christmas Carol to be his favorite story of all time. He explains why he loves the holiday classic. “It is a central myth in the Western world. It has joined the very few stories that are woven into our everyday life, and no matter what you believe about Christmas, the tale contains things we can all relate to; and, it has within it, this glorious promise that we can be better than we are and that the world can change.” Director Bryan Conger, Artistic Associate at Triad Stage, is excited to take the helm for a third year. He explains, “A Christmas Carol shows us it’s never too late to change and be a better human being, to give to one another—to see beyond our own needs and engage with everyone to strengthen and enrich the community around us. Dickens teaches us that success and happiness aren’t measured by what we have, but by what we do.”

ABOUT THE PRODUCTION

The creative team includes: composer and sound designer, David E. Smith; scenic designer, John Coyne; costume designer, Kelsey Hunt; lighting designer, Roz Fulton; and projection designer, Nicholas Hussong. Justin P. Cowan is the music director, Megan Chang is the dialect coach, Sara Ruth Tourek is the choreographer and Cindi Rush is the casting director. The stage manager is Geoff Boronda.

THE CAST

The cast includes old and new faces to the production including Gordon Joseph Weiss as Ebenezer Scrooge, Beth Ritson as The Beggar Woman, Rosie McGuire as Mrs. Fezziwig and the Ghost of Christmas Present, Michael Huie as Jacob Marley, Josh Foldy as Bob Cratchit, Rob Kahn as Mr. Fezziwig and Old Joe and Wilson Bridges as Fred and Young Scrooge. Rounding out the cast are Miranda Barnett, Alex Cioffi, Emily Gardenhire, Alan Miller and Tara-Whitney Rison. The ensemble of children include Allyson Feldmann, Amy Claire Feldmann, Isaac Feldmann, Kendall Harris, Steele Howell and Richmond Henry Parris.

ABOUT TRIAD STAGE

Triad Stage is the professional not-for-profit regional theater company for the Piedmont Triad with performances in downtown Greensboro at The Pyrle and in downtown Winston-Salem at the Hanesbrands Theatre. All Triad Stage productions are created in the Triad using the best of local and national talent. Triad Stage gratefully acknowledges the support of its Season Sponsors: Bluezoom, the North Carolina Arts Council, Arts Greensboro and The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County.

All Triad Stage productions feature the bold acting and breathtaking design that have been nationally recognized by The Wall Street Journal and by the American Theatre Wing, founder of the Tony Awards®, which named Triad Stage one of the top ten most promising theatres in the country as a recipient of the 2010 National Theatre Company Grant. Triad Stage has also earned accolades including “Best North Carolina Production of 2010” for The Glass Menagerie by Triangle Arts & Entertainment magazine; “One of the Best Regional Theatres in America”, New York’s Drama League; “Best Live Theater” (nine years running), Go Triad/News & Record and The Rhinoceros Times; and “Professional Theater of the Year” (2003, 2011), North Carolina Theatre Conference.