A Christmas Carol opens at the Playhouse

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November 19th, 2010

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Omaha, NE – It’s the 35th year of an Omaha Christmas tradition. A Christmas Carol opens at the Omaha Community Playhouse Friday, Nov. 19.

A Christmas Carol opens at the Playhouse Nov. 19

Charles Dickens’ classic tale, A Christmas Carol, was first adapted for the Omaha Community Playhouse 35 years ago, by then artistic director, Charles Jones. Susan Baer Collins, the Playhouse’s current Associate Artistic Director, said “He wanted to create a Christmas performance that would capture Christmas as you see it in your imagination, Christmas as you always wanted it to be.” Collins said “he took Dickens story and really didn’t change much of it at all.”

Collins says Jones’ imagined performance has stayed true through the years, with only a few changes five years ago, when Jerry Longe took over the role of Scrooge from long-time performer Dick Boyd. But Collins says there have been no changes to what’s become a tradition in Omaha’s theatre-going crowd: “John Bennett’s musical orchestrations for the production.”

“This show is really well known for its choral music,” she said. “The music in the show is traditional Christmas carols, maybe not the most familiar Christmas carols to us in the United States, but quite beautiful.” She said the carols allow “us to create mood all through the show, with this glorious singing ensemble that we have.”

A Christmas Carol opens at the Omaha Community Playhouse Friday, Nov. 19 and runs through December 23rd.

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