“A Christmas Carol: The Musical” brings holiday splendor to High Point for the 5th year in a row
A beloved holiday classic is returning to the High Point Theatre stage December 12-15 with High Point Community Theatre’s 5th annual production of A Christmas Carol: The Musical. This 90-minute musical version of Charles Dickens’ classic combines the nostalgia of the holidays with the splendor of a Broadway-style musical.
ABOVE PHOTO – The Ghosts of Past, Present and Future take Scrooge on the journey of a lifetime in “A Christmas Carol: The Musical” (L-R Courtney Lowe, Alison Freeman and Sammy Campbell).
“The Christmas Carol story has been told on stage in hundreds, maybe even thousands, of variations,” said Janie Price, one of High Point Community Theatre’s Board Presidents. “All of the versions share the same heart – a story of redemption, forgiveness and renewal – but they each have their own brand of storytelling,” said Price. “A Christmas Carol: The Musical remains true to Charles Dickens’ classic tale, while the addition of Alan Menken’s music adds an element of fun and whimsy. You will leave the theatre will a song in your heart and a smile on your face.”
A Christmas Carol: The Musical originally opened in 1994 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. It is filled with beautiful melodies by Alan Menken and memorable lyrics by Lynn Ahrens (creators of Beauty and the Beast and The Little Mermaid). HPCT’s production has a cast of 70 local actors ages 7 to 70+.
HPCT is committed to adding their own special blend of magic to this annual production year after year. “From the majestic set to the beautiful costumes to the awe-inspiring special effects, dozens of volunteers have worked tirelessly to bring this spectacular production to life,” said Price.
It seems as though their hard work has paid off because A Christmas Carol: The Musical has become a holiday tradition for so many; not just in the Triad, but across the region. Audiences travel from as far away as Virginia and South Carolina each year to celebrate the season. Krista Bell from Raleigh said, “It’s just not Christmas until the kids and I go see A Christmas Carol: The Musical. We really look forward to it every year!”
One of the greatest challenges an annual production faces is how to keep it fresh and new, while still preserving the traditional feeling of the show. Dr. Mike Lasley, who has been on the production team of HPCT’s A Christmas Carol: The Musical since it debuted in 2015, says the secret it to always keep experimenting. “Keep what you love, alter what you don’t love as much,” said Lasley. “Costumes and set pieces get updates, or sometimes complete overhauls, each year. And every cast has been unique and brought their own interpretation, so even though the music and script remain the same, the story takes new and different turns each season.”
A Christmas Carol: The Musical seamlessly blends Christmas tradition and cheer, and the 90-minute runtime makes it ideal for families. From beginning to end, this production will transport you to Victorian England with Ebenezer Scrooge and all of the people in his life as they reopen his heart to the Christmas spirit.
All performances will be at High Point Theatre (220 E. Commerce Ave., High Point) December 12, 13 & 14 at 7:30 PM and December 14 & 15 at 2:00 PM. Tickets are on sale at www.highpointtheatre.com and www.hpct.net. You also can call the High Point Theatre Box office M-F (12pm-5pm) at 336-887-3001. Ticket prices range from $15 to $22. The Salvation Army of High Point will be collecting canned food and dry goods at A Christmas Carol: The Musical this year. Audiences are encouraged to bring in non-perishable food items and place them in the collection boxes in the lobby of the theatre.
High Point Community Theatre is 501c3 non-profit organization run entirely by volunteers. This is HPCT’s 44th year of bringing quality live theatre to High Point and the surrounding areas. HPCT opened its 2019/20 season with mega-hit musical Mamma Mia in October. After A Christmas Carol: The Musical, HPCT will round out its mainstage season with the musical theatre classic Cabaret in February and the hit Broadway musical based on Roald Dahl’s bestselling books, Matilda: The Musical in May. Join us for A Christmas Carol: The Musical’s opening night (December 12), when we will announce our SPECTACULAR 45th Mainstage season!