WALES — Oak Hill High School’s Little Theatre in the Woods will present the Charles Dickens classic holiday story, “A Christmas Carol,” adapted by John Jakes at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 7-8, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9.

This theatrical version of the story goes beyond other adaptations with a unique dramatic concept — at the opening curtain, Charles Dickens himself (played by Tony Luchini) is introduced to the audience, ready to present a famed platform reading of his story that packed auditoriums in Europe and America. The story unfolds behind him, and soon Dickens is weaving in and out of the action, observing, performing small roles, interpolating short passages of rich narrative never heard in other versions.

Originally conceived for Jakes’ home stage, the Hilton Head Playhouse, the play includes “God Bless Us Every One,” a lovely new carol by Jakes and Tony-nominated composer Mel Marvin. Jim Volz, former managing director of the Alabama Shakespeare Festival where the play received its professional premiere, says of it: “In John Jakes’ hands, A Christmas Carol recaptures the magic and mystique of the Dickens original. It is a brilliant script.”

The cast includes: James Greenwood, Ebeneezer Scrooge; Duncan Bisson, Bob Crachit; Jeremy Thibodeau, young Ebeneezer; Rachel Lovell, Belle/Mrs. Crachit; and Emma Curtis, Katie Daigle and Marco Aliberti as the three spirits. Rounding out the cast are James Colston, Aidan Tracy, Susan Stinson, Arianna Johnson, Michaella Lee Henry, Tabitha Hustus, Ally Deditch, Christina Coleman, Amara Aiken, Destiny Barrett, Marissa Morgan, Lauren L’Heureux, Kendall Gervais, Rachel Gilbert, Owen Desmarais, Dominick Spencer, Ed Zuis and Leah Herrick.

The play is directed by Lucy Rioux with technical direction by David Maher. Included in the tech crew are Saraphin Bechard, Brady Stinson, Taylor Bubier, Tia Orr, Casey Daigle, Naomi Obenhaus, Hayley Salger and Autumn Chadburn. Costume designer is Lyn Swan and set artist is Jan Obenhaus.

Ticket prices are $6 for general admission and $4 for students. Tickets will be sold at the door. The high school is at 56 School Road. For more information, contact Lucy Rioux at [email protected]

Pictured in this still shot, left, is James Greenwood as Ebeneezer Scrooge and Katie Daigle as the Ghost of Christmas Present.

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