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November 9, 2017 - December 31, 2017

A Christmas Carol

By Charles Dickens
Original music by Richard Cumming
Directed by Angela Brazil & Stephen Thorne
Featuring Joe Wilson, Jr. as Ebenezer Scrooge

New England’s favorite family holiday tradition

Celebrating 40 years at Trinity Rep, Rhode Island’s family holiday tradition brings Ebenezer Scrooge, Jacob Marley, Tiny Tim, and the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future to the stage in a glorious re-telling of the classic story that has delighted and inspired millions.

This year’s production will feature 18 community groups from across Rhode Island performing in the show! Click here to see their performance schedule.

 

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"Trinity Rep has been staging its beloved holiday classic 'A Christmas Carol' for four decades, and this anniversary rendition might just be the best ever."
Providence Journal
Trinity Rep announced...that the theater company has invited 18 community groups to appear on stage during the theater company’s 40th anniversary production of “A Christmas Carol.”
Providence Journal
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Spoiler Alert!

Synopsis

Below is a synopsis of the show. You've been warned.

It’s a cold, Christmas Eve night in Dickensian London.  Ebenezer Scrooge, the miserly businessman, continues to work away from the holiday merriment with his clerk, Bob Cratchit. Scrooge’s nephew, Fred, enters the office to invite him to Christmas dinner with his family. Scrooge turns him down without even a “Merry Christmas.”

Scrooge leaves his office for the London street scene. There are children singing carols and people begging Scrooge for money. As he walks home, he begins to hear the voice of his deceased business partner, Jacob Marley. Scrooge arrives home, scared and startled, and tries to convince himself that the voices were only his imagination. But soon the ghost of Marley appears to warn him that he will be visited by three spirits and that Scrooge must listen to them if he wants to escape his fate.

Even though Scrooge doesn’t believe what he sees or hears, later that night the Ghost of Christmas Past appears. The spirit shows Scrooge images from his childhood and young adulthood, including moments with his sister Fan, his first employer Mr. Fezziwig, and a painful memory with his fiancée, Belle, who left him because he cared for his money more than her.

Soon the Ghost of Christmas present arrives and shows Scrooge Bob Cratchit’s tiny home on this Christmas Day. Cratchit enters carrying his son, Tiny Tim, on his shoulders and singing. The spirit tells Scrooge that unless the future changes, Tiny Tim will die. The ghost also shows Scrooge his nephew Fred’s house, where the family is playing games and making fun of Scrooge.

The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come finally appears. They don’t speak to Scrooge, only showing him several conversations where people discuss the death of a lonely old miser. The spirit brings Scrooge to a pawnshop where the dead man’s clothes and items are being sold. The last stop is Scrooge’s own tombstone, where he realizes that the lonely man’s whose death is being celebrated is his own.

Scrooge vows to change his ways. He honors Christmas Day when he wakes up in the morning, spreading through generosity and kindness. With a newly-warmed heart, Scrooge celebrates the spirit of Christmas with his loved ones. Never again does Scrooge ignore the joys of the holiday spirit.

Community Partners

See the complete list of community organizations performing in the show alongside our cast.

Cast & Creative

Cast
John Noble Barrack '18
Bob Cratchit, Laborer
Janice Duclos
Solicitor, Schoolmaster, Party Guest, Old Jo
Daniel Duque-Estrada '13
Jacob Marley, Topper, Poor Husband
Jack Dwyer '18
Fred, Royal Exchange
Taavon Gamble
Young Scrooge, Party Guest, Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come
Rebecca Gibel '10
Mrs. Dilber, Sister-in-Law
Orlando Hernández
Ghost of Christmas Present, Undertaker's Man
Oriana Lada '18
Mrs. Cratchit, Fezziwig's Daughter, Laborer
Jayne McLendon '18
Belle, Party Guest, Charwoman
Anne Scurria
Undertaker, Ghost of Christmas Past, Laborer, Royal Exchange
Shaffany Terrell
Fezziwig's Daughter, Lucy, Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come
Rachael Warren
Solicitor, Mrs. Fezziwig, Laborer, Royal Exchange, Poor Wife
Joe Wilson, Jr.
Ebenezer Scrooge

Additional Cast

Calista Aguinaldo
Fan/Future (Green Cast)
Jeffrey JJ Bento
Young Scrooge (Green Cast)
Sofia Borges
Belinda/Turkey Girl (Red Cast)
Jack Hollen
Peter (Green Cast)
Lyndsie Lapierre
Tiny Tim (Green Cast)
Emerson McGrath
Martha (Green Cast)
Hadasyah Mestres
Belinda/Turkey Girl (Green Cast)
Anai Nightingale
Martha (Red Cast)
Joshua Pacheco
Tiny Tim (Red Cast)
David-Allen Sumner
Young Scrooge (Red Cast)
Qiana Sumner
Fan/Future (Red Cast)
Samuel Wright
Peter (Red Cast)

Creative

Angela Brazil
Co-Director
Stephen Thorne
Co-Director
Michael McGarty
Set Designer
Toni Spadafora
Costume Designer
Dawn Chiang
Lighting Designer
Peter Sasha Hurowitz
Sound Designer
Michael Rice
Musical Director
Yon Tande
Choreographer
Kristen Gibbs
Production Stage Manager

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