A Christmas Carol on the Air Shows December 2013

Published: December 10, 2013 | Read Time: 2 minutes

A hilarious retelling of Charles Dickens’ holiday classic returns to Southern Utah this December when the Department of Theatre Arts and Dance presents "A Christmas Carol On The Air" this week and next.

The work of rising international stars Brad Carroll and Peter Sham, "A Christmas Carol On The Air" is adapted from the Charles Dickens classic, with play and lyrics by Sham and score and music by Carroll. The show’s delightful premise is that the beloved holiday classic is hilariously retold in the style of a classic radio show, complete with atmospheric live sound effects, wacky backstage antics, and a team of lovely, harmony-singing "Carolettes." It's a behind-the-scenes story of radio actors and their own conflicts as they tell Dickens' tale of Ebenezer Scrooge's reformation and redemption—all during a live broadcast. Christmas Carol on the Air is full of hilarity and harmony—a great way for the entire family to get into the holiday spirit.

Sham and Carroll are also the co-creators of the international hit "Lend Me a Tenor the Musical." Caroll also most recently staged "Les Misérables" and "Anything Goes" at the Utah Shakespeare Festival.

A Christmas Carol on the Air has been a longtime regional holiday favorite since Carroll, SUU theatre arts artist in residence, and Sham, director of SUU's Department of Theatre Arts, first wrote and produced it for the Utah Shakespeare Festival. The cast is headed by Shakespeare Festival Founder Fred C. Adams in the role of the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge. Appearing alongside Adams: Carroll and Sham, playing the roles of Stu and Chick, The Wright Brothers, heads of a fictional troupe who travel from town to town creating old-time radio classics with the help of each town’s residents.

The cast also includes Chuck Metten as Chuck, Jacob Marley, Fezziwig and various other roles, Michael Bahr as Bob Cratchit and Dan Frezza as the Ghost of Charles 
Dickens. The harmonious Carolettes are embodied by Tatem Credille, Sceri Ivers, and Samantha Smith. Young Orlando Sham appears in the endearing role of Tiny Tim.

SUU’s Department of Theatre Arts & Dance is pleased to present this regional holiday favorite December 5-7, December 9, December 12–14 and December 16, at the Randall L. Jones Theatre in Cedar City. Curtain time is 7:30 p.m.

Celebrate the holidays with this irresistible charmer.

Ticket prices for the Cedar City performances at the Randall L. Jones Theatre are: $10 General Admission; $8 SUU Faculty/Staff, $5 Youth and free for SUU students with a valid ID. For tickets, call 435-586-7872, or purchase at the Centrum Arena box office. Tickets may also be purchased online at suu.edu/pva/arts.

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