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A Christmas Carol

Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol”

The Clarence Brown Theatre

Join us as we celebrate the holiday and recapture the spirit of an old-fashioned Christmas with the timeless Dickens classic, “A Christmas Carol,” now through December 18 at the Clarence Brown Theatre.  Featuring a cast of 30, beautiful music and a lavish set, this record-setting production will surely become a wonderful memory for you and your family. Hurry!  This is the last year for this adaptation of “A Christmas Carol.”

“A Christmas Carol” is the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, whose ghostly journey and transformation through Christmas past, present and future is among the most beloved stories in western literature.

Described by Dickens as his “little Christmas Book,” “A Christmas Carol” was first published in December 1843. The story was instantly successful, selling over 6,000 copies in one week. It has since been republished countless times and adapted into scores of stage and screen adaptations.  It remains one of literatures’ most enduring and often-quoted stories of hope, triumph and communal spirit.

Director and Co-Adaptor, Edward Morgan, is a freelance director, writer and teacher. In September, he directed the premiere of “A Rising Wind,” a play he co-authored with John Kishline on commission from the Wisconsin Humanities Council, Pier Wisconsin and the Irish Fest Foundation. He has been a Directing Fellow for The Drama League of New York and he and his work have been honored with Helen Hayes Awards and nominations for Outstanding Production, Directing and Sound Design. He is also a Casting Partner with Cirque du Soleil.

Musical Director, Gene Peterson, is the Associate Director of Choral activities for the UT School of Music and is the conductor of the UT Concert Choir, UT Men’s Chorale and teaches undergraduate courses in choral music education. He also serves as the Director of Choral Ministries at Cedar Springs Presbyterian Church in Knoxville. 

Guest artist, Jim Kronzer, designed the set. The lavish design recreates 1840s London, as well as scenes from Scrooge’s 18th century childhood and young adulthood. Kronzer lives and works predominantly in Washington D.C., but he also has worked on Broadway, Off-Broadway and at various regional theatres.

Visiting guest artist, Katherine Rohe, designed the costumes for the production.  Rohe lives in New York where she designs for the award–winning Off-Broadway company, Transport Group.

Beverly Emmons is the guest lighting designer.  Emmons has been nominated for numerous Tony Awards.  She has designed on Broadway, Off-Broadway, internationally and in regional theatres across the country. 

Mike Ponder is the production’s sound designer.  He has been the resident sound designer for the theatre program and its Clarence Brown Theatre professional company for more than 10 years.

Also contributing to the production is UT faculty member, Casey Sams, on choreography and Knoxville resident, Katie Norwood Alley, as dialect coach and youth performance director.

Performing the role of Scrooge is visiting guest actor David Kortemeier. Some CBT credits include “Moonlight & Magnolias,” “The Music Man,” “Man of La Mancha,” “Amadeus,” “Oedipus the King,” “Little Shop of Horrors” and “Love’s Labour’s Lost.” His work has also been seen at the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, the Great Lakes Theatre Festival in Cleveland, Drury Lane Theatre and Noble Fool Theatricals in Chicago and thirteen seasons with the Illinois Shakespeare Festival in Bloomington.

The production features UT Theatre faculty professional actors, UT graduate and undergraduate student actors and actors from the community.

The show runs through December 18. UT faculty/staff, senior citizens, children and students receive discounts. For tickets, call the Clarence Brown Theatre box office at 865.974.5161, Tickets Unlimited at 865.656.4444 or visit at www.clarencebrowntheatre.com.

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