Dickens A Christmas Carol
Blue Heron Art Center
Vashon Island, WA
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Dickens A Christmas Carol
Don't miss this holiday classic! Drama Dock brings Dicken's: A Christmas Carol to Blue Heron Art Center. Charles Dickens this month Director Christopher Ott shares more about the about the production in a recent interview.



Why a Christmas Carol?

"Along with five calling birds and mommy's infidelities with Santa Claus, Christmas Carol is an integral part of the holiday season. It is the most recognized tale of redemption in the popular culture of my era, and has been told again and again in many different formats and adaptations. We're using a script that is as close to Dickens' words and thematic sensibilities as is possible on a small stage with a time constraint of less than two hours."



How are you going to fit all the places the audience is transported to on the Blue Heron stage?

"I love the Blue Heron stage. It's because it is small and can be limiting that I enjoy staging shows there. Theater is supposed to be fun and challenging  to the production team, the actors and the audience. My producer Elizabeth Ripley, suggested the idea of using projections - projecting the scenery on what is essentially a blank stage-- to create the atmosphere that is desired. This process gives the production crew a freedom to create an environment on stage that goes beyond the usual setting of three walls and an audience. We can incorporate stills, videos, animation...whatever. Especially considering the spectral nature of the play, I believe projection plus an almost mystical, ambient lighting plan will serve the play grandlyand will be a key part of bringing Dickens from the past into the present."



Do you think the play is outdated?

"I think the play is timelier today, perhaps, than it was when I first saw Mr. Magoo perform it. With our current political climate, the horrendous increase in poverty in America and the wealth gap between the rich and the poor, I believe this play has a message that is completely resonant with the world we live in today and needs to be heard."



But it's Victorian England. Will the audience get it?

"We are planning to update it a wee bit. The costumes will be modern garb and there will be references to what is currently happening in America to help bridge the gap between then and now. It will not be a wholesale rewrite of Dickens' words, but we will add some touches that make it current."


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Blue Heron Art Center
19704 Vashon Hwy SW
Vashon Island, WA 98070
United States


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Arts > Theatre

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!

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