Valley Center Stage Presents “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens, adapted by Dustin Trabert

Valley Center Stage’s beloved annual tradition returns with a new production of A Christmas Carol.

Ebenezer Scrooge is a businessman whose lonely Christmas is invaded by a series of encounters that force him to examine his life. Join us to celebrate Charles Dickens’ timely and timeless tale about choices and connections, character and community, and ghosts.

This new script builds on Dickens’ familiar novella with material from other Dickens novels and short fiction, as well as his journalism, speeches, and letters, to offer a richer look at Scrooge and his family, friends, and associates.

Premiering for the first time anywhere in this Valley Center Stage production, this adaptation reaches back to a long tradition of English Christmas celebrations, from caroling and wassailing to ghost stories and parlor games, but also speaks forward to us with startling directness, for Dickens’ passions and interests are no less relevant today.

Familiar characters are brought to life with unexpected new dimensions, including Scrooge’s sister Fan, his niece Freddy, his business partner Jacob Marley, his old friend Dick Wilkins, and more, from Bob, Tiny Tim, and all the Cratchits, to the Spirits of Christmas Past, Present, and Future.

Dustin Trabert, director and adapter, said this about the production, “A Christmas Carol is one of our most inescapable stories. Despite all the cheerful carols and the festive parties, and the simple, beautiful spirit of generosity expressed by Tiny Tim, Scrooge’s journey, a dark night of the soul on one of the longest, coldest nights of the year, is not a comforting one. But I find it exciting and a profound expression of hope to watch Scrooge be confronted with how he’s lived and shut himself off from his community and to then make the choice to live better and be better. I think there’s probably a bit of Scrooge in all of us, and that’s what keeps us coming back to this story year after year.”

Tim Platt, who returns to play Ebenezer Scrooge, said, “I’m really thrilled about this new adaptation. It adds depth and color to the main characters and incorporates elements of Dickens’ other works to give the story a whole new fresh take while staying true to the original.”

Dec 2-Dec 18, 2022-Thursday through Sunday at 7:30 pm (2 pm matinees) at the Sallal Grange Produced by Valley Center Stage

Directed by Dustin Trabert

TICKETS: www.tickettailor.com/events/vcs/765145/

Location: 1060 Stilson Ave SE North Bend, WA 98045 At the corner of SE North Bend Way and Stilson Ave SE (a.k.a. S.E. Mt Si Road)

Please contact VCS at (425) 888-0825 or contact@valleycenterstage.org with any questions.

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