The Bluebarn Theatre Tells a Different Tale in “Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol”
November 27th, 2013
Omaha, NE — A local theatre celebrating 25 years takes an unconventional approach to a local holiday tradition. Ben Rasmussen has more!
This Friday begins the 4-week run of the Blue Barn Theatreâ€™s holiday production, â€œJacob Marleyâ€™s Christmas Carolâ€ by Tom Mula. The playâ€™s director, Kevin Lawler, says the story presents an alternate view of the classic â€œChristmas Carol.â€
â€œItâ€™s the â€˜Christmas Carolâ€™ story told from the perspective of Jacob Marley, who has just died when the play begins.â€ Lawler said. â€œThe plot unfolds from there about how he gets involved with coming back on Christmas Eve, December 24, to haunt Scrooge and try and make Scrooge have a change of heart.â€
In the original tale Marley seems to come out of sincere concern for his colleague and friend, but in this play there is something in it for Marley.
â€œThereâ€™s high stakes for him in having to try to succeed changing the heart of this guy who is the most awful guy ever, Scrooge.â€
The play features Nils Haaland as Jacob Marley, Kevin Barratt as Scrooge, Scott Working in multiple roles, and KVNOâ€™s own Bill Grennan as the Bogle, Jacob Marleyâ€™s guide in the afterlife. Kevin Lawler says he and several members of the cast have strong ties to the Omaha Community Playhouse and their â€œChristmas Carolâ€ traditions.
â€œBoth Nils Haaland, whose starring, and and myself have played Scrooge for Christmas Carol at the Omaha Community Playhouse on their national tours.â€ said Lawler.
That connection to the Playhouse production does not, however, imply a similar approach to storytelling.
â€œItâ€™s almost a bare stage, almost no set whatsoever, very few props, just a few candles, and the actors create all these worlds entirely on their own.â€
Lawler says this bare-bones approach allows the audience more freedom to use their imagination and helps the actors focus on emotionally engaging the audience.
â€œItâ€™s really, really funny comedy, and just this heart wrenching drama.â€
The Blue Barn Theatreâ€™s production of â€œJacob Marley’s Christmas Carolâ€ is November 29th through December 22nd. For tickets and more information, you can go to bluebarn.org.
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