"A Christmas Carol"
UI Hartung Theater
December 4 - 7 & 11 - 14 | 7:30 p.m.
December 8, 14 & 15 | 2 p.m.
Actor Cory Williamson shows his dedication to UI's upcoming production of A Christmas Carol.
The University of Idaho Theatre Arts Department, in collaboration with the Idaho Repertory Theatre, will present "A Christmas Carol" this holiday season. Charles Dickens’ classic tale persuades us that it’s never too late to turn our lives around, and that redemption is possible, even at the eleventh hour. It's a timeless story and one that has been told by everyone from Bill Murray to the Muppets. However, Director and theatre arts professor David Lee-Painter promises to breathe new life into the 160 year-old story.
“It’s different because of two things. One, is the theatrically. We’re clearly in the theatre and you’ll get to see some of the workings of how things are done. It helps us sweep the story along. It’s quick. It’s going to run about an hour. Second, there’s of course the wonderful, Scrooge redemption story, but we’re not shying away from the horror elements of the story. Marley and the Ghosts are really scary. Ignorance and Want are also in it”.
Part of the theatricality comes from the use of large "uber" puppets and a myriad of special effects. Lee-Painter’s interpretation comes from an adaptation of Dickens’ work written for the stage by UI professor Anne Hoste. Head of Design and Technology and Artistic Director of the Idaho Repertory Theatre, Hoste aims for the authentic.
“I adapted the script from Charles Dickens’ original tale. 99% of the dialogue comes directly from Dickens” but there is a twist, she adds. “This is not a musical per se, although we’re working with live musicians and there will be music and song throughout”.
With traditional Dickens, professional actors, special effects and music; this unique production of “A Christmas Carol” is not to be missed. Lee-Painter explains, “It’s really quite a fantastic story and we can use some of it year round”.
$8 Adults & Seniors & Non-UI Students
UI students are free with I.D. but must reserve tickets for this limited seating event.
Tickets available at the UI Kibbie Dome Ticket Office (208) 885-7212 or at the door.