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Holiday classic

'A Christmas Carol' set to music

'A Christmas Carol' set to music

December 08, 2005|by KRISTIN WILSON

´kristinw@herald-mail.com

Charles Dickens' classic "A Christmas Carol" is coming to The Maryland Theatre stage in a slightly not-so-classic way.

Dickens' famous novella of selfless giving, redemption and the "holiday spirit" will be presented as a musical at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 12.

Members of Troupe America Inc., the traveling theater company that is staging the production, say the twist to Dickens' story is a hit with audiences.

"The music really brings the story to life," says Katherine Proctor, who plays the role of Bob Cratchit's wife.

The lyrics in the musical rendition were written in the style of Dickens' own words so as to blend "seamlessly," adds Gabriel Grilli, who plays the humble but thankful-for-everything Bob Cratchit.

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"The songs are reminiscent of other musicals," he says. "The blend really works with the style of Dickens' story. I think they've been able to find a nice balance of musicality that sounds fresh, but that sounds like Christmas music."

The cast of "A Christmas Carol" have performed the play for several weeks and say the audience always receives the show well.

"I don't know why, but this is a story that people can go to over and over and over again," Proctor says. "It's such a powerful story. Seeing the joy of Christmas - I think it's great to see how different productions bring it to life."

"Dickens wrote something that has universal appeal," Grilli adds. "I've found that everywhere we've gone people have been very receptive to it."

Jennifer Mintzer, who plays the ghost of Christmas past, says, even though she is Jewish, she still finds meaning in the play.

"The themes of the story are pretty universal," she says. "Being able to change your life, being able to stop and look around and see where you're needed in the world - it's a really inspirational story."




If you go ...



WHAT: A musical version of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol"

WHEN: 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 12

WHERE: The Maryland Theatre, 21 S. Potomac St.

COST: Tickets cost $30 to $45.

MORE: For more information or to order tickets, go to www.mdtheatre.org or call 301-790-3500.

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