Sol Children Theatre Presents A CHRISTMAS CAROL - A MUSICAL TO RAISE THE SPIRITS, Now thru 12/21

By: Dec. 05, 2014
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The well-loved tale of the penny-pinching miser, Ebenezer Scrooge, and the awakening of his long-forgotten festive spirit is a seasonal tradition for many. Sol Children Theatre will revisit Charles Dickens' ghostly tale of the Past, Present, and Future in an exciting new musical adaptation of the timeless classic. Staying true to the original text, this version of A Christmas Carol - A Musical to Raise the Spirits, with book and lyrics by Chris Blackwell and music by Piers Chater Robinson, draws upon Dickens' themes of time, family, and society's ills. The production will open today, December 5th and run through December 21st at Sol Theatre in Boca Raton.

Boca Raton's Sol Children Theatre is a not-for-profit theatre organization founded by veteran director and actor Rosalie Grant twelve years ago. The company's mission is to provide children with a safe, secure, and highly professional theatre experience. Those children in then in turn provide quality theatre experiences for audiences. In this production of A Christmas Carol - A Musical to Raise the Spirits, Sol students will have the opportunity to work with adult professional actors as well as with their contemporaries.

"I fell in love with both Charles Dickens and A Christmas Carol as a young girl spending Christmas Eves watching the Noel Langley black and white movie starring Alistair Sim," says Grant, who is directing the production. ""Bah humbug" and hot chocolate go hand in hand in my memories of Christmas! I have had the pleasure of directing A Christmas Carol twice as a Sol Children Theatre production, both times straight play versions ... and I am super excited to direct the Chris Blackwood and Piers Chater Robinson musical this time around. But what is even more incredible for me is the mix of adults and children we have cast ... the magic of watching the children's faces as they interact with these professional adults is a daily gift! I can't wait for opening night to share this experience with Sol audiences!"

Grant's adult cast includes Gisbert Heuer as Ebenezer Scrooge, Murphy Hayes as Jacob Marley and Fezziwig, and Jim Gibbons as Charles Dickens. Gibbons recently received glowing reviews for his performance in Outré Theatre Company's Back of the Throat. Younger cast members include Austin Stein as Tiny Tim, KJ Hoffman as Fred and Young Ebenezer Scrooge, and Denise Michelle in several roles including Mrs. Cratchit, Mrs. Dilbur and Mrs. Fezziwig.

With a cavalcade of colorful Dickensian characters and a ghostly quartet of guardians, A Christmas Carol - A Musical to Raise the Spirits is filled with joy, laughter and heartbreaking moments. This new version of the classic and beloved tale has something for everyone - young and old - and promises to be perfect entertainment for the entire family!

Tickets for A Christmas Carol - A Musical to Raise the Spirits are on sale now and can be purchased on line at or by calling 561-447-8829. Tickets are $15; $10 for children aged 11 or younger. Sol Children Theatre is located at 3333 North Federal Highway in Boca Raton (33431).


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