You’ll be transported to a bygone era of radio for Sunday’s version of Charles Dickens’ classic Christmas tale at the Town Theatre.
“A Christmas Carol: Columbia” is set in 1946 in the New York City studio of WMNO radio. Audience members in the theater will feel as if they are audience members of the live Christmas Eve radio show.
“The show is presented as if for a radio audience, with the actors reading from scripts, standing at mics, the concept being that the radio show is being done before a live audience,” said director Frank Thompson, who created the show with writer James Kirk.
The production includes music and a small dose of humor throughout the script, although it largely honors the tradition of Dickens’ classic ghost story, Thompson said.
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“There are moments of humor, but overall we stay very close to Dickens' original story,” he said. “A few of the more well-known lines from the story, for example, get presented in recognizable, but unorthodox ways. The humor comes out of the efforts of this radio troupe to do a good job and succeeding despite a few obstacles, but our goal is that the humor never distract from the core material.”
“A Christmas Carol: Columbia” begins at 3 p.m. Sunday. Town Theatre is at 1012 Sumter St. in Columbia.
Tickets are $10 and available at the door or by calling the box office at (803) 799-2510.
Bridget Winston, Special to The State