Lyric Theatre is proud to present the Charles Dickens Classic, “A Christmas Carol”. Relive the classic story of Jacob Marley, Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim, and a host of memorable characters as they make their way into your heart. Michael Baron, director of A Christmas Carol at the famous Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C., directs this new production with over 20 Christmas holiday favorites. Overflowing with joyous song and dance, lavish scenery, authentic costumes, theatrical magic and lots of snow, Lyric’s new annual holiday production celebrates the timeless Spirit of Christmas. This is a beloved family holiday treat you won’t want to miss!
The story begins on a bitter cold and dreary Christmas Eve in 1843, exactly seven years after the death of Ebenezer Scrooge’s business partner, Jacob Marley. Scrooge is best described as “a squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching, covetous, old sinner!” who has no place in his life or heart for kindness, compassion, charity or goodwill. He hates Christmas, calling it “humbug”, refuses his nephew Fred’s dinner invitation, and rudely turns away two gentlemen who seek a donation from him to provide a Christmas dinner for the poor. His only “Christmas gift” is allowing his overworked, underpaid clerk Bob Cratchit Christmas Day off with pay – which he does only to keep with social custom, but Scrooge considering it “a poor excuse for picking a man’s pocket every twenty-fifth of December!”. After spell binding encounters with the ghost of his former business partner, as well as the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future, he has a change of heart and transforms his ways to bring joy to the less fortunate and realize the error of his ways during the holiday season, and all the yearlong.
“A Christmas Carol” is a novel by English author Charles Dickens and was first published in December of 1843. The book was written and published in early Victorian era Britain when it was experiencing a nostalgic interest in its forgotten Christmas traditions, and at the time when new customs such as the Christmas tree and greeting cards were being introduced. Dickens’ sources for the tale appear to be many and varied but are principally the humiliating experiences of his childhood, his sympathy for the poor, and various Christmas stories and fairy tales. The tale has been viewed by critics as an indictment of 19th-century industrial capitalism. It has been credited with restoring the holiday to one of merriment and festivity in Britain and America after a period of sobriety and somberness. A Christmas Carol remains popular, has never been out of print, and has been adapted to film, stage, opera, and other media multiple times.
Don’t miss this new holiday tradition at Lyric Theatre this year, running from Friday, December 9th through Saturday, December 31. It is sure to be a great time for you and your family to celebrate the Christmas season in style. For tickets or more information, visit www.lyrictheatreokc.com/shows/christmas-carol