A Christmas Carol opens at the Playhouse
November 19th, 2010
Omaha, NE – Itâ€™s the 35th year of an Omaha Christmas tradition. A Christmas Carol opens at the Omaha Community Playhouse Friday, Nov. 19.
Charles Dickensâ€™ 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 Playhouseâ€™s current Associate Artistic Director, said â€œHe 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.â€ Collins said â€œhe took Dickens story and really didnâ€™t change much of it at all.â€
Collins says Jonesâ€™ 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 whatâ€™s become a tradition in Omahaâ€™s theatre-going crowd: â€œJohn Bennettâ€™s musical orchestrations for the production.â€
â€œThis show is really well known for its choral music,â€ she said. â€œThe music in the show is traditional Christmas carols, maybe not the most familiar Christmas carols to us in the United States, but quite beautiful.â€ She said the carols allow â€œus to create mood all through the show, with this glorious singing ensemble that we have.â€
A Christmas Carol opens at the Omaha Community Playhouse Friday, Nov. 19 and runs through December 23rd.
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