Clear Space Theatre Company’s holiday show, “A Christmas Carol” is ready for its 2012 premiere Friday, Nov. 23, immediately after the tree lighting at the Rehoboth Beach Bandstand.
Artistic Director Doug Yetter took time to discuss his own roles with this beloved story. “I began my association with this show nearly 30 years ago, and having tried my hand at nearly every male role in the story - Tiny Tim being the notable exception - I knew that when I reached the 'right' age I wanted the opportunity to play Scrooge. Over the years I have composed the score for three separate versions of the tale and directed it nearly a dozen times, so my association with the story runs deep.” The show this year boasts an impressive cast of 27.
The popularity of Charles Dickens' book of 1843 and its thousands of stage adaptations throughout the world appeal because the audience joins the cantankerous Ebeneezer Scrooge on his episodic journey with visitations along the way from the ghosts of Christmas Past, Christmas Present and Christmas Future. Arriving with him at his subsequent destination Scrooge finds transformation and redemption. Tradition is noticeably laced throughout the tale; indeed, the annual holiday greeting of “Merry Christmas” was born in Dickens’ 19th century novel.
What is new in this year’s stage production? In addition to Yetter’s original score and orchestration, with lyrics by Michael Hulett, the audience will be greeted by costumed cast members upon their arrival and escorted to their seats in a charming Victorian village. Look for actors at intermission, too, when they will be selling surprise treats. The thrust stage, installed earlier this year, will bring the audience much closer to the performance. The entire production is under the direction of David Button, the Clear Space Company manager.
Reservations have begun and the box office has scheduled one additional matinee for 11 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 6. Yetter said, “We are adding this show to the run before we open, because the other three weekday matinees have already sold out. We are doing more shows this year than ever before!”
A newer tradition continues at Clear Space on New Year’s Eve with “Showstoppers,” from 9 p.m. to 12:30 p.m., Monday, Dec. 31. The event includes the best of Clear Space’s talent in an hour-long show, a live band for dancing fronted by Yetter, a light buffet and dessert bar, and a champagne toast at midnight all for $50. A cash bar will be available.
Reservations for both shows are available through the box office, 302-227-2270 or go to www.ClearSpaceTheatre.org under the heading “Purchase Tickets.” Group rates are available.