TCT presents A Christmas Carol
Nov 29, 2012 09:15PM, Published by Kitty, Categories: Community
A CHRISTMAS CAROL by Charles Dickens - to say this simple phrase brings a smile to most people’s face. It might be the best short story ever written, or the best loved, or the best known or the most enjoyable, it certainly has to be performed as Dickens himself knew. It’s December and we must have our presents, our lights and our Christmas Carol.
At the beginning of the Victorian period the celebration of Christmas was in decline. The medieval Christmas traditions, which combined the celebration of the birth of Christ with the ancient Roman festival of Saturnalia (a pagan celebration for the Roman god of agriculture), and the Germanic winter festival of Yule, had come under intense scrutiny by the Puritans under Oliver Cromwell. The Industrial Revolution, in full swing in Dickens' time, allowed workers little time for the celebration of Christmas.
The romantic revival of Christmas traditions that occurred in Victorian times had other contributors: Prince Albert brought the German custom of decorating the Christmas tree to England, the singing of Christmas carols (which had all but disappeared at the turn of the century) began to thrive again, and the first Christmas card appeared in the 1840s. But it was the Christmas stories of Dickens, particularly his 1843 masterpiece A Christmas Carol, that rekindled the joy of Christmas in Britain and America. Today, after more than 160 years, A Christmas Carol continues to be relevant, sending a message that cuts through the materialistic trappings of the season and gets to the heart and soul of the holidays.
The story actually created our modern idea of Christmas, it influences Christmas, it is part of Christmas and it reminds us that there is more to Christmas than a shopping and eating. The story is enormous fun but it is also surprisingly serious. Dickens warns that unless despair and poverty are banished from the world, there is no hope. Scrooge is frightened half to death and Marley is forever damned.
Dickens' describes the holidays as "a good time: a kind, forgiving, charitable, pleasant time: the only time I know of in the long calendar of the year, when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely, and to think of other people below them as if they really were fellow-passengers to the grave, and not another race of creatures bound on other journeys". This was what Dickens described for the rest of his life as the “Carol Philosophy".
Enjoy this latest in a long line of Tuscaloosa Children’s Theatre productions of A Christmas Carol. It is also the first production since the Tuscaloosa Children's Theatre warehouse was destroyed in the Tornado of April 201l. The set decorations and props have been completely replaced.
God bless us everyone!
Charles Prosser, Director
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 7TH - 7 PM
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 8TH - 2 PM & 7 PM
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 9TH - 2 PM
Get your tickets at www.tuscaloosachildrenstheatre.com or at the box office, which opens one hour before each performance.