There are many reasons people participate in community theater. Geauga Lyric Theater Guild’s A Christmas Carol brings over 50 people of all ages together, all with unique stories. “There is magic surrounding this theater during the holidays. Often there is a blanket of snow on the ground and the square is lit up in holiday splendor,” muses veteran regional actor Jim Ray, who plays Ebenezer Scrooge, as to why he auditioned. “Okay, that doesn’t really address this specific show, but it makes almost any holiday show here special.”
This musical story tells of Ebenezer Scrooge, a miserly old man, who loves his money and work more than mankind. Scrooge’s deceased partner, Jacob Marley, warns that three ghosts will visit to show him his fate. As Scrooge soars through time, he realizes his ways and wishes to redeem himself on Christmas Morning.
Chuck Barton (Jacob Marley) said that, “It was just one of those things on your list of things to do.” He makes his return to community theater after a 30 years away from the stage with this production and looks forward to “giving Jacob a new look”. He finds challenge in “learning your lines, picking up a new dialect, and working off the timing of another actor.”
Jim Ray believes audiences will enjoy “seeing a classic literary work and being able to relate to it on a personal level. This requires that we keep it real on stage (and entertaining) so everyone can come away feeling the holiday spirit.”
A Christmas Carol, script by Terry Sedivy and Rory Swift adapted from the novel by Charles Dickens, music by Sarah Hamrick, Donald Dingman and Laura Christian, adapted and directed by Angela-Miloro Hansen, is sponsored by Chardon Smile Center. The show will run from November 30 through December 16. Friday and Saturday evening performances are at 8 p.m.; the Sunday performances are at 2 p.m. Tickets are $18.00 for adults, $15.00 for students/seniors, and a new special rate for children 12 and under of $10.00. Or consider a season pass for the best deal because it is not too late!
The historic Geauga Theater is located on beautiful Chardon Square at 101 Water Street, in Chardon, Ohio. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit the website or call the box office at 440‑286‑2255.