Musical Adaptation of Dickens Classic

November 21st, 2001 by Adam

If you haven’t visited with Scrooge and his ghosts of late, Plymouth State College and the Friends of the Arts invite you to do so at 4 p.m. Sunday, December 2 when they present Scrooge: The Musical on stage at the Silver Cultural Arts Center.

A new song and dance adaptation of the familiar Dickens classic A Christmas Carol,Scrooge is a grand-scale production with over 30 actors, singers and musicians, lavish sets and costumes and an original score presented by New York Stage Originals. Composer Philip David Stern was commissioned to create a one-act musical adaptation in 1996.

Inspired by the success of that production, Stern expanded the show to the full-length two-act program that will be presented at Plymouth State. The full-length production premiered off-Broadway in the heart of Times Square at The Lamb’s Theatre in 1998. Jim Hullinger, director of the Lamb’s Theatre commented, “Taking a lead from Charles Dickens himself, Philip Stern proved to be a master storyteller. His orchestrations and vocal arrangements not only set a new level of achievement at The Lamb’s theatre; they in fact raised the standard of comparison to which future productions will be judged. … the now ageless story of Scrooge became a musical show so unpretentiously joyous in its message and so irresistibly generous in it’s outpouring of talent, that it became a holiday gift to all who entered the theatre.”

Tickets for the production, which is a perfect show for the entire family, are $25-21 (regular and senior admission) and children’s tickets are half price. For tickets and information contact the Silver Cultural Arts Center box office, 603-535-ARTS. If special arrangements are needed, please call in advance.