New Life Fine Arts Musical Theater to Present
EBENEZER SCROOGE: A CHRISTMAS CAROL,
December 7-16 at The Groton-Dunstable Performing Arts Center
Three years after its last delightful appearance in Groton, MA and thirty-four years since its thrilling American premiere in Concord MA, “Ebenezer Scrooge: A Christmas Carol,” New Life Fine Arts’ moving musical adaptation of the 1843 Charles Dickens story, comes again to Groton for eight appealing performances, December 10th to 19th. The musical theater company’s powerfully orchestrated musical retelling of the radical, Christmas-Eve transformation of ageing Ebenezer Scrooge—the “Bah-humbug”-ing miser who hates Christmas—has become a New England tradition,gripping audiences since 1987. The show features a gifted cast of 65 actors, dancers and singers complete with an orchestra, colorful sets, costumes and special effects that will lift audiences back to a long-ago, wintry Victorian London for Scrooge’s unforgettable encounter with the Christmas Spirit.
The retelling of Scrooge’s unhappy past and present preoccupations, with predictions of his woeful future, is interwoven with original songs by Concord composer and playwright David MacAdam as well as with well-known Christmas carols, including “O Little Town of Bethlehem,” written by Boston’s own Phillips Brooks. The cast, with marvelous songs, leads theatergoers to the moment of the startling change that overtakes Scrooge—and by the show’s climax even the audience might be tempted to join in singing, “We hear the Christmas Angels / the great glad tidings tell, / O come with us, / Abide with us, / Our Lord Emmanuel!” MacAdam wrote Scrooge in 1984 while he was living in England, where it also was first staged. Come to Groton this holiday season and discover the true joy of Christmas at New Life Fine Arts’ production of Scrooge—a show that musically reminds audiences, as Dickens would put it, “Christmas can be every day of the year.”
All eight performances will be held at the Groton-Dunstable Performing Arts Center, 344 Main Street, Groton, MA. Evening performances are scheduled for 7:30 PM Dec. 10, 11, 17, and 18. Saturday and Sunday matinees will be at 2:30 pm, Dec. 11, 12, 18 and 19. Tickets are $24 for adults, $22 for seniors, students and groups of 10 or more. Tickets are available 24/7 online at newlifefinearts.vbotickets.com or 8am-5pm at (978) 254-1220. For more information, visit www.NewLifeFineArts.com and www.Facebook.com/NewLifeFineArts.org
“Ebenezer Scrooge: A Christmas Carol,” is directed by the Concord, MA composer and playwright, David MacAdam, who has led New Life Fine Arts Musical Theater for thirty-four years, during which time thousands of New England theatergoers have been given an inspirational glimpse into the true meaning of Christmas.
Come join us this December and be encouraged to spread your Christmas cheer far beyond this holiday season!