Poster for A Christmas Carol. Scrooge holding up Tiny Tim.

Renaissance Players present holiday magic with A Christmas Carol

Release Date: 11/23/2004. Expired: 12/19/2004

The Renaissance Players bring back a holiday tradition from The Renaissance Center’s first two years when Scrooge returns to the stage in a community theatre production of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.

A Christmas Carol will be presented in the center’s Performance Hall at 7 p.m. Dec. 3-4, 10-11, 17-18 and 2 p.m. Dec. 5, 12 and 19. Tickets for each performance are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and $7 for children under 13.

“The Renaissance Center presented community theatre productions of A Christmas Carol for the holidays in 1999 and 2000, our first two years of operation,” said Amy Scott, managing director of the Renaissance Players. “While we’ve offered a variety of holiday selections over the last three years, A Christmas Carol is a holiday tradition at theatres across the country and we want to create something that will become part of the holiday celebration for families in Middle Tennessee.”

Originally published in 1843, A Christmas Carol is easily the most recognized work of Charles John Huffam Dickens (1812-70). In a feud with his publisher, Dickens financed the publishing of the book himself, with gilt edging and hand-colored etchings by John Leech. He then sold the book for only five shillings so everyone could afford it. It made the book a very popular seller but it miserably failed to turn a profit.

The story of miserly Ebenezer Scrooge and his Christmas redemption has been told in numerous movies, plays and television adaptations, making it the most performed holiday classic around the world. According to the book A Christmas Carol and Its Adaptations by Fred Guida, there have been more than 200 film versions of A Christmas Carol.

Dickens, who died of a stroke in 1870 and is buried in Poet’s Corner in Westminster Abbey, often presented public readings of A Christmas Carol and witnesses said his recitation of the scene involving the Ghost of Christmas Future and Tiny Tim’s death often brought his entire audience to tears.

Buddy Tidwell of Dickson will be directing the production. Tidwell, a drama advisor for Dickson Middle School, won a 2003-04 Jimmy Award for his dual role as Professor Marvel and the Wizard in The Wizard of Oz. He previously appeared as Giles Ralston in The Mousetrap.

The Renaissance Players is the community theatre program of The Renaissance Center and is open to anyone who would like to participate in a theatre production, either on stage or behind the scenes. Open auditions are held for 4-5 productions each year, including a mixture of plays and musicals.

To learn more about the Renaissance Players or the production of A Christmas Carol, contact Scott at (615)740-5551 or .

The Renaissance Center is an arts and technology education and performing arts center at 855 Highway 46 South in Dickson, just 35 miles west of Nashville on Interstate 40 at exit 172.

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