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Schultz's 'Carol' to be a deviation from tradition

By Josette Keelor

This year, while other theaters offer heartwarming Christmas tales, The Schultz Theatre in New Market aims for lightheartedness.

Offering a variation of last year's spoof tale, "A Dickens of a Carol," written by Director Michael Gwin, The Schultz Theatre wants to give audience members a good laugh, Gwin said.

"A Dickens of a Carol II" offers basically the same concept as last year's show, which focused primarily on Scrooge; this year's is based around the spirits of Christmas.

"Next year it will be based on the viewpoint of Tiny Tim, so it's kind of a different take on it each year," he said.

The play is "Kind of a light, fun take on the commercialism of Christmas," he said. "We talk about Christmas starting in October and all that."

"It's sort of a different Christmas show," he said -- not the warm and fuzzy kind.

Alan Wieking plays Scrooge, and Bob Cratchit, played by C.J. Nicholson, is only 10 years old, Gwin said -- "Because child labor is cheaper."

Joanne Thompson plays the Spirit of Christmas Past, and Debbie Stevens the Spirit of Christmas Present. The identity of Christmas Future is a surprise, Gwin said.

"People are not used to spoofing Christmas," Gwin admitted, "but a lot of people told me [last year's] was refreshing."

"It was light and funny," he said. "A lot of people seemed to enjoy it because it was so different. So we did it again."

The Schultz offers a lot of comedies throughout its regular season each year, but Gwin said "Dickens" provides something different as the only parody the theater ever has done.

"A lot of the dinner theater shows that we do can be kind of satires, but not on the main stage," he said.

"It's the end of the year. "Everyone who wants to be involved in it is in it," he said. "[It's] a chance for us all to get together and have fun and put on a Christmas show."

The Schultz Theatre's "A Dickens of a Carol" will run from Dec. 14 to 16, at 9357 N. Congress St. in New Market. Performances will be at 7:30 on Friday and Saturday and at 2:30 on Saturday and Sunday. Ticket prices are $10 for adults and $8 for students and seniors in advance, or $12 for adults and $10 for student and seniors in advance. For more information, call 740-9119 or visit www.schultztheatre.com.

Contact Community Engagement Editor Josette Keelor at 540-465-5137, ext. 176, or jkeelor@nvdaily.com


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