What makes Players Guild’s “A Christmas Carol” so special

By Maranda Saling

Running through December 20th, A Christmas Carol is synonymous with the holiday season across the country. I went straight to The Players Guild Theatre Executive Director, Joshua Erichsen about what makes our A Christmas Carol: the new musical so special that families have been coming for over three decades!

Josh said, “A Christmas Carol at the Players Guild has become a holiday tradition for many families. Now in its 33rd year, multiple generations have experienced the magic of this story. Returning audience members who were kids when they were first introduced to it, are now grown adults and are introducing their children to it. Dickens’ ghost story of Christmas is timeless, and we like to be reminded that we have the power to change lives for the better, just as Ebenezer Scrooge did.”

In case you have a bit of a Scrooge in your family or friend group who isn’t interested in seeing A Christmas Carol for the 15th time, here are some behind the scenes information specific to OUR performance that adds depth to the performance; making each time you see it a unique experience:
– In order to make Scrooge and the Ghost of Christmas Past fly, it takes 6 backstage crew members who are specially trained. PG hires ZFX to provide the flying effects; they are responsible for the flying effects in multiple Broadway shows such as Wicked.
– The current set for A Christmas Carol is made to break down an fit into two semi-trailers
– The current cast is made up of 36 individuals, all of whom volunteer their time. They rehearse 5 days a week for 6 weeks and perform 6 days a week for 3 weeks
– The original musical production was composed by our resident Music Director, Steve Parsons with book and lyrics by John Popa, a native of North Canton. The production premiered at the Guild in 1997, and has since been produced at theaters in Canada and Viet Nam.

For more information and to purchase tickets please visit: https://www.playersguildtheatre.com/a-christmas-carol

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Maranda Saling is the owner of Bellflower Communications and a blogger for ArtsinStark.