Dallas Theater Center's Holiday Classic A CHRISTMAS CAROL Returns to the Wyly Theatre
Dallas Theater Center's hit production of the holiday classic A Christmas Carol returns to the Wyly Theatre this November. DTC's Director of New Play Development Lee Trull makes his DTC directorial debut with this tale that follows a miserly old man on a magical journey of hope and redemption, choreographed by Jeremy Dumont and with music direction by Home By Hovercraft's Shawn Magill. A Christmas Carol begins previews on Tuesday, November 25with a Pay-What-You-Can performance and runs through Saturday, December 27. Tickets to A Christmas Carol are on sale now at www.DallasTheaterCenter.org and by phone at (214) 880-0202.
"At its heart, A Christmas Carol is a story about change and the responsibility individuals have to those around them," says Trull. "But in the ten years I've been a part of this production, I've learned that it is about so much more. It's about time and what we choose to identify as urgent and important, about every moment being connected to those that came before and what will happen after, and about welcoming love and becoming part of a family or a team - even when we may not want to - because it will ultimately make our journey through life more rewarding and manageable. I'm incredibly excited to explore all of these elements this year and to continue the tradition that is A Christmas Carol."
Brierley Resident Acting Company Chamblee Ferguson (The Rocky Horror Show, Clybourne Park) returns to the role of Ebenezer Scrooge after playing Jacob Marley in last year's production. Ferguson is joined by a second Acting Company member, Daniel Duque- Estrada (LES MISERABLES, Oedipus el Rey) as Bob Cratchit. Additionally members of the cast include Ryan Appleby as Topper, Cameron Cobb as Marley, John Flores as Mr. Fezziwig, Julie Johnson (The Rocky Horror Show) as Mrs. Fezziwig, Lydia Mackay as Mrs. Cratchit, Seth Magill as Fred, Johnny Sequenzia as First Gentleman and Sabina Zuniga Varela (Oedipus el Rey) as the Ghost of Christmas Past.
Southern Methodist University students in the cast are Heather Arney as Sister-in-Law, Morgan Laure as Lucy, McClendon Giles (A Raisin in the Sun) as Peter Cratchit, Kristen Lee as Belle and Brandon Murphy as Young Scrooge. Members of the youth ensemble include Jude Baremore, Quincy Cobb, Bella Ehring (A Christmas Carol) and Ainsley Neitzel as Factory Children; Anecia Forbes and Finley Jennings as Martha Cratchit, Christena Adkins (A Christmas Carol) and Reed Thomas Emmons as Tiny Tim, Salma Salinas (LES MISERABLES) and London Hibbs as the Ghost of Christmas Present; Tara Magill and Marhly Murphy (A Christmas Carol) as Fan; Tristan Thomas (A Christmas Carol) and Nathan Mendoza (A Christmas Carol) as Young Scrooge and Miriam Fease and Amani Hood as Belinda Cratchit.
Once again, this production will take full advantage of the Wyly Theatre's flexible environment, placing the audience in the center of the magic with the action happening all around them. Set designer Beowulf Boritt, who transformed the Wyly into a stunning white island for The Tempest, brings the vibrant world of the play to life. Jennifer Caprio's (The Odd Couple; It's a Bird...It's a Plane...It's Superman) costume design includes fresh interpretations of traditional Victorian garb. Jeff Croiter (Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor® Dreamcoat; Arsenic and Old Lace) returns to DTC as lighting designer; Broken Chord returns for sound design (The Odd Couple; Henry IV) and Valerie Gladstone (A Raisin in the Sun) returns as wig designer.
DTC is continuing another tradition this year, its partnership with the North Texas Food Bank (NTFB). For the seventh consecutive year, DTC's administrative staff, crew, Brierley Resident Acting Company and the cast of A Christmas Carol will spend a day volunteering at one of the Food Bank's two Dallas facilities. During performances of A Christmas Carol, DTC will provide a location in the Wyly lobby for patrons to donate canned goods to the NTFB. Members of the cast will also collect monetary donations for them after every performance. Over the last six years, DTC patrons have donated more than $280,000 to the NTFB.
"The North Texas Food Bank is so thankful for the gracious support of the Dallas Theater Center," said Jan Pruitt, President and CEO of the North Texas Food Bank. "We look forward to the 2014 performance of A Christmas Carol! Thanks to the DTC and its generous patrons, more than $280,000 has been contributed to NTFB over the years. These funds have allowed us to provide access to some 840,000 meals in North Texas -- an incredible blessing for those we serve."
Tickets for A Christmas Carol are on sale now. Ticket prices start at $18 and are available online at www.DallasTheaterCenter.org or by phone at (214) 880-0202. All performances of A Christmas Carol will take place at the Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre, located 2400 Flora Street, where it runs Nov. 25 - Dec. 27. A Christmas Carol begins previews on Tuesday, Nov. 25 at 7:30pm with a Pay-What-You-Can performance. Tickets to this performance will be available for purchase online at www.DallasTheaterCenter.org beginning Wednesday, Nov. 19 at 10am. Press night will take place on Wednesday, Dec. 3 at 7:30pm. DTC's Come Early sponsored by Wells Fargo will take place one hour before every performance and will be led by Sabina Zuniga Varela. Patrons will have the opportunity to learn about the play prior to viewing the production. DTC's Stay Late presented by Dr Pepper Snapple will take place after each performance and will be led by Daniel Duque-Estrada. Patrons will have the opportunity to engage with artists, learn about the production and share insights about the play in a lively discussion. Details for Come Early and Stay Late are available online. Tickets for A Christmas Carol are on sale now. Ticket prices start at $18 and are available online at www.DallasTheaterCenter.org or by phone at (214) 880-0202.
Dallas Theater Center gratefully acknowledges Associate Producing Partners Lyn and John Muse and Highland Park Village; and the Hoblitzelle Foundation, The Meadows Foundation and the Hillcrest Foundation for their support of this production.