A Christmas Carol keeps making seasons bright

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December 15th, 2011

Omaha, NE – Even Ebenezer Scrooge is getting into the Christmas spirit, with a little help from the Omaha Community Playhouse.

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The Omaha Community Playhouse has set the stage to Christmas time in London at the turn of the 19th century. (Photo courtesy Omaha Community Playhouse)

A Christmas Carol takes audiences back in time to the turn of the 19th century. At the Playhouse, the stage has been set to Christmas time in London with Christmas trees, garland, and of course, snow. Susan Baer Collins is the associate artistic director at the Playhouse. She said over 35 years ago, Charles Jones, the Playhouse’s artistic director at the time, created a version of A Christmas Carol for Omaha that’s still making seasons bright.

“Inside the show itself, there’s a lot of tradition, a lot of legacy,” Baer Collins said. “People have a really strong ownership of this. There’s an integrity that we hope to maintain with the show… that kind of rejuvenates us year after year.”

Each year, Collins said, the Playhouse casts different actors to keep the show fresh.

Ebenezer Scrooge getting into the Christmas spirit, with a little help from these little actors. (Photo credit Omaha Community Playhouse)

She also said there’s a lot of music and movement in the show with over 40 cast members, including 18 children.

“It’s not like a typical musical where the songs move the story forward,” she said. “This is what Charles Jones would have called a mask, where the music creates mood and feeling that supports the story of the play.”

A Christmas Carol is now playing through December 23rd at the Omaha Community Playhouse in midtown Omaha. The Playhouse also has two other A Christmas Carol productions on national tours.

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