“A Christmas Carol: The Musical” returns this Holiday Season to High Point Theatre Dec. 13-16
A beloved holiday classic is returning to the High Point Theatre stage December 13-16 with High Point Community Theatre’s fourth annual production of A Christmas Carol: The Musical. In this reimagined version of Charles Dickens’ classic, this production combines the nostalgia of the holidays with the splendor of a Broadway-style musical.
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 60+ local actors ages 8 to adult.
This 90 minute production seamlessly blends Christmas tradition and cheer and is appropriate for the whole family. “The script remains true to Charles Dickens’ classic tale, while the addition of Alan Menken’s music adds an element of fun and whimsy,” said Director/Music Director Mike Lasley. “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.”
Lasley is not new to the HPCT Christmas Carol creative team. After music directing in 2015 and 2016, he took on the roles of both Director and Music Director with the 2017 production. “This show feels like a home to me,” he said. “I love being able to share this lovely timeless tale with so many people year after year”.
HPCT has made some pretty hefty investments in the production over the last four years, both monetarily and in manpower.
“We are committed to adding our own special blend of magic to this production year after year,” said Co-President Courtney Lowe. “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.”
For the 2018 production, much of the set has gotten a “facelift”. The Fezziwig scene, an audience favorite, has been completely redesigned giving the actors more room to move about the stage. Scrooge’s bedroom has also gotten some enhancements, including additional special effects for the Marley scene. Also look for fun additions to various costumes, including the Ghost of Christmas Past and her Acolytes, the Ghost of Christmas Yet-To-Be and her Wings, and Mr. and Mrs. Fezziwig.
“It really is truly inspiring to see how this show has become a beloved holiday tradition for so many, both on and off the stage,” said Lasley. “No matter how many times we hear this story, it still remains one of the most powerful tales of transformation and renewal”.
All performances will be at High Point Theatre (220 E. Commerce Ave., High Point) December 13, 14 & 15 at 7:30 PM and December 15 & 16 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.
High Point Community Theatre is 501c3 non-profit organization run entirely by volunteers. This is HPCT’s 43rd year of bringing quality live theatre to High Point and the surrounding areas. HPCT opened its 2018/19 season with the musical Big Fish in October. After A Christmas Carol: The Musical, HPCT will round out its mainstage season with Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and Elton John & Tim Rice’s Aida.