By Sheena Barnett/NEMS Daily Journal
The Corinth Theatre-Arts is pulling back the curtain a bit for the Dickens classic, “A Christmas Carol.”
CTA will present “A Christmas Carol: Scrooge & Marley,” a story that focuses on the relationship between Ebenezer Scrooge and his deceased business partner, Jacob Marley.
“It’s basically the same story, but Marley is a main character. He’s the narrator telling us about Scrooge’s past,” said director Linda Dixon.
The ghost of Marley, played by Philip Henson, narrates Scrooge’s fantastic transition from an angry, bitter curmudgeon to a happy, thankful man.
Nathan Dodd is Scrooge, one of the most famous characters in literature.
“You have to figure out what makes him tick,” Dodd said. “You’re stepping into a whole crowd of shoes. You have to make it familiar enough to make the audience at ease, but not make a cookie-cutter character.”
“A Christmas Carol: Scrooge & Marley” is Henson’s first play.
“I’ve been a fan of ‘A Christmas Carol’ since I was a kid,” he said. “(The play) is very, very faithful to the concept and the mood of the story. It’s a fun version.”
Subtle, yet dramatic, special effects and lights will guide the actors through the simple set.
David Maxedon, the tech director for the theater, said a story as special as “A Christmas Carol” deserves a special tech show.
“The key is subtlety. You don’t want to get so many bells and whistles that it distracts from the story, because the story is so good,” he said. Simple lights – such as lighting Scrooge’s bed only from above – add to the dream-like quality of the play.
While the story is just a bit different than the original version, Dixon promises fans of the original will love this take on “A Christmas Carol.”
“We’ll still have the spirits of Christmases past, present and future. We have Tiny Tim and the Cratchit family, and we see all the ages of Scrooge,” she said. “It’s the traditional story, with a different twist to it. It’s not the same story everybody’s seen for years.”
What: Corinth-Teatre Arts presents “A Christmas Carol: Scrooge & Marley”
When: 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday
Where: Crossroads Playhouse
Cost: $12/adults, $6/students
Info: (662) 287-2995