God bless us everyone, because Woodland Opera House is poised to present a fresh spin of a treasured holiday classic that is certain to make us forget all about the pesky pandemic, at least for a while.
At 7:30 p.m. the next two Saturdays (Dec. 5 and 12) and at 2 p.m. Sunday (Dec. 6), the esteemed theatrical establishment will present—virtually, rest assured—“A Christmas Carol, a Play for Live Radio.” The world-premiere drama, staged as a 1940s radio script, is the creation of local playwright Bob Cooner.
“I wanted to include as much of Charles Dickens’ rich, colorful language as possible — not only the familiar phrases and passages from the original novella, but also a lot of the language that so strongly appeals to the senses.” said Cooner, who also directs the performance.
Dozens of characters are featured in the online performance, all brought to life by just five actors: Matthew Abergel, Patricia Glass, Rodger McDonald, Gil Sebastian and Lenore Sebastian.
Tickets are $10 for one person, one device, or $20 for a family sharing one device. The event is sponsored by Corner Drug, Co, The Woodland Opera House Guild and Music Town Studios.
Like every other live-theater organization, the Woodland Opera House is especially in need of support during the Covid-19 crisis. In addition to catching “A Christmas Carol,” there are several other ways you can pitch in. For example, Tom and Meg Stallard are matching donations of up to a total of $20,000.
No pressure, but . . . Tiny Tim and his parents are in desperate need of Christmas cheer. Will someone come to their rescue?