Clarence Brown hosting ‘A Christmas Carol’

Posted on Friday, November 30, 2012 at 2:54 pm

 KNOXVILLE – Clarence Brown Theatre will stage “A Christmas Carol” Nov. 29 through Dec. 23. The 2012 production features new costumes, a new set, musicians on stage, a cast of 30 and an abundance of snow. Tickets for children 12 and under are $10.

 University of Tennessee associate professor Casey Sams will direct 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.

 “What excites me about “A Christmas Carol” and one of the areas we will be focusing on is the real sense that Scrooge is going on an individual journey…that it’s his trip from being closed off and isolated from the world around him to a place where he can see and share in the beauty, generosity, and joy that is around him,” Sams said.

 Terry Silver-Alford will serve as musical director and Christopher Pickart joined in as scenic designer.

 “When I began working on this with the designers we choose the idea of shaking a snow globe and seeing the world inside that snow globe. One of the things that means for the set is that there will be lots of snow,” Sams said.

 Bill Black, a 35-year veteran of CBT, designed the show’s costumes.

 “In this adaptation, while the costumes are still traditionally Victorian, the colors are brighter and the costumes will look more like a Christmas card,” Black said. “I’ve chosen colors like red, green, blue and gold to illustrate that these characters are striving to find the joy in their lives as opposed to focusing on the despair.”

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

 Performing the role of Scrooge is visiting guest actor, David Kortemeier; Jacob Marley is played by visiting guest artist, Thomas Anthony Quinn.

 UT Theater faculty members include Carol Mayo Jenkins and Katy Wolfe Zahn. Resident artist Neil Friedman will perform the roles of Christmas present/ensemble.

 UT Theater graduate actors include Micah-Shane Brewer, Johanna Dunphy, Angela Graham, Stuart Matthews, Jess Milewicz, Cory O’Brien-Pniewski, Laura Sebastian and Tramell Tillman.

 Preview for “A Christmas Carol” is Thursday, Nov. 29, followed by opening night on Friday, Nov. 30. The show runs through Dec. 23. For tickets, call the Clarence Brown Theatre box office at 865-974-5161, Tickets Unlimited at 865-656-4444 or visit www. clarencebrowntheatre.com.

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