Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol Brings Warmth and Life to Aurora Theatre

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Atlanta's Aurora Theatre presents A Christmas Carol.

Anthony Rodriguez in Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Photo by James Helms

The annual holiday classic, Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, is returning to Aurora Theatre for its eighth consecutive year, November 28 through December 21. In true storytelling fashion, audiences travel back to 19th century England for an incredibly personal and moving one-man version of the cherished story that grasps the true meaning of the holiday season – the joy of giving. Starring Aurora veteran Anthony P. Rodriguez as the cold and bitter Ebenezer Scrooge with direction by Tony Brown, audiences are invited to rediscover Dickens’ oft-told tale that has touched hearts for more than 150 years.

“Many think of A Christmas Carol as a huge theatrical production, but the beauty of our version is the simplicity behind it,” said Anthony Rodriguez, Aurora Theatre Producing Artistic Director. “Before the novel was brought to stage, Dickens actually read the story at Christmas parties in England as entertainment, which is why the one-man show works.

The intimate Aurora Theatre Studio is transformed to make audiences feel as though they’ve been personally invited into Mr. Dickens’ parlor. The scene is set as a brisk Christmas Eve, when Marley pays a visit to his old business partner, Mr. Scrooge. Through mannerisms and voice alone, Rodriguez brings the characters of Ebenezer Scrooge, Bob Cratchit, Jacob Marley and the remarkable ghosts to life before audience members’ eyes. Throughout the play, audiences witness the change of “Bah-humbug” Scrooge through scenes from his own life and revisit the splendor of what makes A Christmas Carol one of the greatest Christmas stories of all time.

The hard work and guidance of Director Tony Brown sets his adaption of A Christmas Carol apart from other renditions. Bringing the tale to life is the design team of Britt Hultgren Ramroop (set), James M. Helms (lights), Daniel Terry (sound/ technical director), Alan Yeong (costumes), and Sarah Thomson (scenic artist).

Audiences of all ages will love A Christmas Carol, which is presented November 28-December 21, 2014. Tickets range from $20-$30. Tickets can be purchased online at tickets.auroratheatre.com or by calling the Box Office at 678.226.6222.

Regular show times, in repertory with The 12 Dates of Christmas, are as follows:

Friday, November 28 at 8 p.m.

Saturday, November 29 at 1:30 p.m.

Sunday, November 30 at 2:30 p.m.

Thursday, December 4, Saturday, December 6, Wednesday, December 10 and Friday, December 12 at 8 p.m.

Sunday, December 14 at 2:30 p.m.

Thursday, December 18 and Saturday, December 20 at 8 p.m.

Sunday, December 21 at 2:30 p.m.