HART’s ‘A Christmas Carol’ starts Dec. 7
The Haywood Arts Regional Theater is getting ready to unveil what it hopes will become a holiday tradition for the region, a lavish production of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.” Featuring an original script by Mark Jones, and an original score by Ann Rhymer Schwabland, the show is will be a spectacle, with a cast of 40 and a nine-piece orchestra. Set construction began last January, and HART plans to revive the show annually and add more to it each year. But the show is starting big, with smoke, fog and snow on the stage to add to the mystery.
The ghosts are the stars of the story, and in this production they are envisioned as something special. Jacob Marley will appear like a floating octopus of chains and money boxes, the ghost of Christmas past will appear clothed in twinkling lights, Christmas present will lead a mass of carolers from scene to scene, and the ghost of Christmas yet to come will fill the entire stage. A massive four poster bed will be Scrooge’s chariot, taking him from place to place, time to time.
The HART’s cast includes Steve Lloyd, San Smith, John Winfield, David Evanoff, Josh Merrell, Strother Stingley, Jack Ross, Delilah Jenkins, Tom Dewees, Madison Garris, Ellery Neal, Jacob Hunt, Amy Hunt, Mark Highsmith, Sherry G. Dewees, Trenton Fish, Anna Kate Hall, Roger Magendie, Leah Hampton, Lindsay Salvati, Aaron Hunt, Hannah Parrot, Andrea Cody, Isabelle Baldwin, Nat Neal and Brynna Sinyard.
“A Christmas Carol” has performances at 7:30 p.m. Dec 7, 8, 14, and 15 and at 3 p.m. Dec. 9, and 16 and at 2 p.m. Dec. 15, at the HART Theater, 250 Pigeon St., in Waynesville. Tickets for evening performances are adults $20, seniors $17 and students $7. Discounted tickets to matinees are adults $16, seniors $14, and students $6. Reservations can be made by calling the HART Box Office from 1 to 5 p.m. Monday to Saturday or visiting bwww.harttheatre.com.