Southern Utah University’s Department of Theatre Arts and Dance is helping all of Utah—north and south—usher in the holiday season with “A Christmas Carol on the Air.” Created by internationally acclaimed playwrights Peter Sham and Brad Carroll, A Christmas Carol on the Air is a hilarious retelling of the holiday favorite by Charles Dickens that will soon run on a stage near you.
Hailed as “absolutely delightful” by the Deseret Morning News, this family-friendly holiday show will make you laugh aloud while reveling in the spirit of the season.
Sham and Carroll, also co-creators of international hit “Lend Me a Tenor, the Musical,” have created this hilariously retelling in the style of a classic radio show, complete with live sound effects, backstage antics and a team of lovely singing “Carolettes.”
“It is,” explained Sham, “a behind-the-scenes story of radio actors and their conflicts as they tell Dickens’ tale of Ebenezer Scrooge’s reformation—all during a live broadcast.”
Sham and Carroll’s Christmas Carol has been a longtime holiday favorite in Cedar City for many years. After a hiatus during the Tenor years, it returns to Cedar City with great support from the campus and local communities.
New this year, the cast and crew will extend performances to northern Utah; they are slated to debut at Park City’s historic Egyptian Theatre later in the month.
“It’s going to be a great thrill for us to spread our holiday cheer beyond southern Utah, as well as an invaluable opportunity for our theatre students,” said Sham.
Theatergoers familiar with Tenor or the Utah Shakespeare Festival may recognize a few faces in the production: Fred C. Adams, founder of the Festival, will return to the stage as Scrooge, and Carroll and Sham will play the Wright brothers, Stu and Chick.
Kicking off its holiday tour in Cedar City, Christmas Carol will open for its 2012 season at the Randall L. Jones Theatre on the campus of SUU on Thursday, December 6. The show will run in the Randall December 6 – 8, 10, 13 – 15 and 17. All shows will begin at 7:30 p.m.
Following its Cedar City run, the troupe will head north to the Egyptian Theatre on downtown Main Street in Park City, with performances December 19 – 22. All Park City performances will begin at 7:30 p.m., with one additional 4 p.m. matinee on Saturday, December 22.
Ticket prices for Cedar City presentations are $10 for general admission, $8 for SUU faculty/staff, $5 youth and free for SUU students with a valid I.D. For the December 10 and 17 presentations, families of up to six members can see the show for just $20. This offer is only available at the Centrum Ticket Office. Tickets for the Cedar shows may be purchased at the Centrum Ticket Office, online at suu.edu/arts, or by calling 435-586-7872, Monday – Friday, from 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
For tickets to the Egyptian Theatre, which range from $30 – $60, visit egyptiantheatrecompany.org or call 435-649-9371.