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Thursday, November 17, 2016

MU Theatre Presents "A Christmas Carol"

   There's a great story in today's Herald-Dispatch by my pal Dave Lavender about the production running this weekend only by Marshall University's Department of Theatre - it's their annual presentation of the Charles Dickens classic, A Christmas Carol.

   You can read the complete story right here (it includes photos by Anthony Davis like the one above) - and here's an excerpt:


    As if on cue after a rancor-filled election season that spilled anger onto the streets and social media, Marshall University Theatre rolls back out its impressive, large-scale production of Charles Dickens' soul-stirring redemptive tale, set to run at 7:30 p.m. through Saturday, Nov. 19, at The Joan C. Edwards Playhouse on campus.
   Tickets are $20, $15 for faculty and seniors, and $7 for children 5 to 12. The show is free to full-time Marshall students with valid ID. Be sure to arrive early as 30 minutes before each show, the cast will perform Christmas carols they've worked up with the direction of David Castleberry and Jacob Smith.
   Directed again by MU professor Nicole Perrone, A Christmas Carol stars Jack Cirillo, an MU professor and long-time professional actor who first brought A Christmas Carol to campus in 2009 and 2010 as a one-man show.
   Cirillo said he too, with another passing year, has melded deeper into the character of Ebenezer Scrooge, who must be visited by a series of ghosts before he changes his hardened, selfish ways to empathy and understanding.
   "Seeing the story on stage and on television, Scrooge has always struck me as an old man. At the ripe old age of 55, he doesn't seem that old anymore," Cirillo said with a chuckle. "I think looking back upon one's life you can see how people make choices to shut down and to become negative and become resentful for things that didn't work out for us. Fortunately for most of us, we realize those things are temporary and that we are blessed with many things."

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