Wednesday, December 15, 2010

ĎA Christmas Carolí is a journey for the holiday spirit

Dickens classic returns to nexStage

Express Staff Writer

Courtesy photo From right, Steve d'Smith as Scrooge frightens Annabelle Lewis, Blake Nelson, Brooke Beckwith and Blake Beckwith.

"A Christmas Carol: The Musical," a Wood River Valley family holiday favorite, is back in Ketchum. In its fifth year, this musical version of "A Christmas Carol" is filled with Christmas songs and magic and has become a valley holiday tradition.

The Charles Dickens classic tale tells the story of Ebenezer Scrooge's journey through the past, present and future. His experiences reawaken him to the true meaning of the holidays. Written by Charles Dickens, the story was adapted for the stage by David Armstrong with music by Dick Gallagher and lyrics by Mark Waldrop.

The show is a nexStage Acting Company and Laughing Stock Theatre co-production.

Patsy Wygle and Keith Moore direct this year's performance, with musical direction by Patty Parsons Tewson. The cast includes four professional actors as well as 62 talented local adults and children. Ten families have more than one member in the cast.

"A Christmas Carol: The Musical" opens at the nexStage Theatre, 120 S. Main St. in Ketchum, on Friday, Dec. 17, at 7 p.m. It will continue on Dec. 18, 19, 22 and 23 at 7 p.m. with a final Christmas Eve matinee on Friday Dec. 24, at 2 p.m. Hot mulled wine, cider and cookies will be served around the Christmas tree in the lobby before the show on opening night. Tickets are $35 for reserved seating, $25 for adults and $15 for kids. Tickets are available by calling 726-4857 or in the theatre box office weekdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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