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Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, a Play with Music
December 8 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
This two-man production features Dickens’ original language supported by beloved Christmas songs and old-fashioned foley-style sound effects, all performed live. Gates open at 6:30 pm.
$20 Ages 10 and up. $15 Members of The Barnacle Society. $10 Ages 6-19. $5 ages 3-5. Under 3 free.
After successful runs in Boston and New York, Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, a Play with Music will come to Miami on Sunday, December 8, 2019 with a performance at The Barnacle Historic State Park, 3485 Main Highway, Coconut Grove, FL 33133. Purchase tickets on Eventbrite or at the gate beginning at 6:30 p.m. for a performance beginning at 7:30 p.m. EST. Admission is $20 for ages 11 and up, $15 for members of The Barnacle Society, $10 for ages 6 to 10, $5 for ages 3 to5, and free for children under 6. Park nearby and stroll down the tree-lined path to the spacious front lawn. Bring folding chairs and a rolling cooler and arrive early to choose the best spot for a picnic with friends.
This two-man production features Dickens’ original language supported by beloved Christmas songs and old-fashioned foley-style sound effects, all performed live.
“In 1867 Dickens toured New York City performing his A Christmas Carol. We’re doing the same thing—in venues you don’t expect to see theatre…” said co-adapter and actor Jeffries Thaiss. “This show is designed to not need a set. These historic places, they become our set.”
Thaiss and his co-adapter and co-performer, veteran Broadway actor/musician Eric Scott Anthony, present the story in 75 minutes “without modernizing or watering-down” Dickens’ original language. Thaiss plays all the roles, from Scrooge to the Ghosts and more than 20 others. Anthony underscores the action on guitar, singing traditional Christmas carols while creating sound effects one might have heard in the 1800s.
The Boston run played to standing ovations for both adults and students, but Thaiss is modest about its success. “Maintaining Dickens’ sometimes archaic language, when I first spoke his original text for an audience of 300 school kids I thought, ‘what have I done? I’m gonna lose them!’ But at the end of the show they were on their feet. That’s not me, or Eric—that’s the power of telling this story simply, with little artifice, and letting the words work. This message of redemption is really welcome.”
ERIC SCOTT ANTHONY (co-adapter and “The Musician”) is a Broadway and national tour veteran musician and actor who has brought his celebrated guitar, vocal, and acting skills to theatres, symphony concert halls, and clubs all over the country and overseas, and has frequently collaborated with Tony and Grammy Award winning artists. He’s toured the country with his band Ben Hope & the Uptown Outfit.
JEFFRIES THAISS (co-adapter and “The Actor”) is an award-winning actor who has played in a wide range of roles from Shakespeare and Ibsen to favorites of musical theatre at many of the country’s top venues, including Tony Award winning theatres Seattle Rep, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, and The Shakespeare Theatre of Washington, DC.
CLAY HOPPER (director) Numerous directing, producing, artistic associate credits including Olney Theatre Center, New Repertory Theatre, Contemporary American Theatre Festival’s Actor’s Lab, Lincoln Center’s Clark Studio Theatre, off-off-Broadway, and others. Clay has extensive experience teaching and directing at the university level, currently serving as Lecturer of Directing and Theatre Arts at Boston University.
The Barnacle Historic State Park is administered by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and events are sponsored by The Barnacle Society, Inc., a non-profit organization created for the preservation and financial support of this historic site. For more information please visit www.floridastateparks.org/park/The-Barnacle and www.TheBarnacle.org. For information on accessibility and inclusion for visitors with disabilities, please call 305-442-6866.