The classic story of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens has entertained families for generations. This story is so well known that it’s main character’s name, Scrooge, is used universally to describe people’s miserly behavior even to this day. In Ray Carver’s adaptation, the story is told in full—but Carver himself portrays every single character.
How to rejuvenate this classic was the problem facing Ray Carver when he decided to mount this production. Imagine this: a Christmas tree with all it’s gifts ripped open, gift wrap strewn across the floor, a television left on that’s droning on with an endless loop of Christmas commercials. Enter Charles Dickens, who after examining the situation and the television’s pull on the audience begins to tell a story–the story of Ebenezer Scrooge.
Playing fifty-eight different characters, from Scrooge to the ghosts to Tiny Tim, Dickens brings back the excitement, suspense, and meaning to this oft-told tale. At the end, when Dickens asks the audience if they’d like the television turned back, audiences always answer back with an emphatic “No.”
This one-man presentation of A Christmas Carol has been performed for multiple consecutive years at The Gayton Kirk. However, it is also available either as a 50 minute one act or a 90 minute two-act production to be perform at your local theatre or event. Since the play is so closely associated with the Christmas holiday season, performances dates will only be accepted for November and December of each year. For more information on bringing this show to your neighborhood, contact Ray Carver at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A trailer and gallery of photos are available below.