Adapted by Preston Lane
Original music by David E. Smith
Originally directed by Bryan Conger
Directed by Sarah Hankins
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. Triad Stage brings Dickens’ classic story to life in a dazzling production brimming with bold acting, daring design and spine-tingling special effects. Returning for the 4th year to Hanesbrands Theatre, A Christmas Carol is a ghostly tale of Yuletide cheer, gracious redemption and heart-warming hope for the whole family.
Presented by Mercedes-Benz of Winston-Salem.
“Kids were great! Staging was so creative. Music and singing was good.”
Charles Dickens’ classic holiday tale “A Christmas Carol” has returned to Triad Stage with a cast and creative staff that includes many of UNCG’s own. This year’s production is led by Director Sarah Hankins MFA ’16, now an adjunct faculty member at UNCG, and Musical Director Justin Cowan ’14, ’16 MM, who is pursuing a doctoral degree in conducting. For Hankins, who served as assistant director to Director Bryan Conger ’11 MFA in last year’s show, having Cowan and seven other Spartans involved in the production has made her first Triad Stage directing job all the more special.
Triad Stage’s version of “A Christmas Carol” opens with a band of dirty, raggedy urchins swarming the stage and spitting a menacing song at the audience. The production, which opened Tuesday, is fiercely engaging from beginning to end, and the little beggars are completely charming.
A mere 173 years ago, the first edition of a novella was issued in London. The author, Charles Dickens, needed a hit. But he also wanted to encourage people of means to support the poor as well. The plan worked well. His story of a miserly old man being shown a better way to live — called “A Christmas Carol; Being a Ghost-Story of Christmas” — was a great success. It has never been out of print since 1843.