‘Twas two nights before Christmas and the Jacksonville’s Times-Union Center had “A Christmas Carol” coming to town for one performance only on Tuesday, December 23, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. If you didn’t get a chance to see it last year, then you may want to get your tickets for this year’s spectacular show.
This celebrated Charles Jones’ adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is rich with thrilling ensemble music, alive with color and movement, and is created to tell this great and enduring tale in a manner that people of all ages will enjoy. Woven throughout this classic tale are beautiful new arrangements and moving renditions of holiday songs such as “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen,” “Wassail Wassail,” “Good Christian Men Rejoice,” “Away in a Manger,” “Greensleeves,” “The Boar’s Head Carol,” and many more. Featuring a cast of 24 performers, an orchestra, and Broadway-style scenery and costumes, audiences will cherish this delectable holiday classic.
The Nebraska Theatre Caravan, the professional touring wing of the Omaha Community Playhouse, has been touring Charles Jones’ delightful adaptation of A Christmas Carol since 1979. The Caravan’s Carol is probably the most widely produced production of Dickens’ in the nation, annually performing for more than 100,000 people in more than 60 cities across the country. One of the many reasons for the success of the Caravan’s production of A Christmas Carol is this unique re-telling of the oft-told tale. It is enormously enhanced by the beautiful sets of James Othuse, which recreates 1880s London, and gives the entire production the effect of being a Christmas card come to life.
When Charles Dickens wrote his “ghostly little tale” in 1843, he couldn’t have known that A Christmas Carol was destined to become one of the most beloved holiday classics of all time. The heartwarming tale of A Christmas Carol depicts Ebenezer Scrooge, whose values are focused exclusively on profit and his conflicts with the struggling Cratchit family, whose tragic problems typified the working class during the Industrial Revolution in Victorian England. The touching climax is based on Dickens’ belief that the ills of a greedy world can be healed by brotherhood and unselfishness. A Christmas Carol remains one of the most powerful and vivid illustrations of the necessity of good will in human conduct.
A Christmas Carol
Tuesday Dec. 23, 2014 7:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Times Union Center Performing Arts
300 West Water St.
Jacksonville, FL 32202
TICKETS: Start at $27.00 There are a few choice seats that may be purchased online at FSCJ Artist Series, sponsored by Chase the official presenter of the Jacksonville show or by calling (904) 442–BWAY (2929) between 10:00 a.m.– 5:00 p.m., Monday-Friday. Discounts are available for groups of 10+ by calling (904) 442–2947 or emailing Group Sales.