A Dickens of a Tale is a contemporary take on Charles Dickens’ classic novella A Christmas Carol, opening at Jacoby Arts Center by Bankside Repertory Theatre Company, 7:30 p.m. on December 4.
Conceived and written by actor and writer Geoff Callaway, A Dickens of a Tale takes place a few days after the funeral of Ebeneezer Scrooge, that is ten years since “The Blessed Day” when Scrooge was visited by the Spirits of Christmas Past, Present and Future and urged to rethink his behavior and the direction of his life.
The members of Bankside Repertory Theatre Company are making a slight departure from theatrical tradition this year, by letting the characters from A Christmas Carol tell their “stories” of Scrooge’s redemption from their own perspectives. The audience hears from Scrooge’s old flame, his nephew and other characters until finally Tiny Tim, whose last words end both this play and Dickens’ novel.
“Many of us are familiar with A Christmas Carol and it is a delight for all ages every holiday season,” said Callaway. “But for those who have seen the stage adaptations or the films one too many times, this play will be a change of pace.”
Bankside Repertory Theatre Company is a professional theatre company in residence at Jacoby Arts Center.
A Dickens of a Tale is an all-ages show that runs Friday and Saturday, December 4 and 5 and 11 and 12 at Jacoby Arts Center. Tickets are $15 for adults, $7.50 for students and seniors, and free for children 12 and under. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis and no reservations are required. Doors open at 7:00pm. For more information, call (618) 462-5222 or visit www.jacobyartscenter.org.