It’s Dickens weekend in Galveston — and with the anticipation of some uncooperative weather on the horizon this weekend, The Grand 1894 Opera House will be offering festival- and theatergoers a chance to get in the holiday spirit with its presentation of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.”
Showtimes will be at 8 p.m. today and 3 p.m. Saturday at 2020 Postoffice St. in Galveston.
The performance, which is a Galveston Winter Wonder Island event, is in its third year and produced by PerSeverance Productions LLC in partnership with CMI Entertainment Inc.
The original script adaptation is by Scott H. Severance, who also just happens to direct the production and plays Ebenezer Scrooge as well.
“This particular production will feature 26 different Christmas carols either as background music or live vocals,” Severance said. “Our company origin is in New Hampshire, but actors and staff are collected from all across the country. We are currently traveling with a company of 21 people that includes seven male actors, five female actors, four children and a technical crew of five.”
Dickens’ novel, which was published in 1843, tells the timeless story of hope and redemption that never gets old to those who have either read the novel or seen the movie adaptations and/or theater productions.
Character favorites such as Scrooge, his overworked-underpaid clerk Bob Cratchit, the angelic Tiny Tim and the Ghosts of Christmases Past, Present and Future come together in a highly entertaining theatrical performance.
This new adaptation of Dickens’ ever-popular classic fills the stage with veteran Broadway actors, lush costumes, stunning sets, music and dance. With beloved traditional carols of the season included, “A Christmas Carol” is a captivating experience for audiences of all ages.
“This year’s tour will log close to 8,000 miles, with 24 filled show dates out of 27 days between Thanksgiving and Christmas,” Severance said. “Tour stops include Florida, Galveston, Long Island and the final four shows are in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. Here’s hoping that we’ll get to see some of you at the shows on the island.”
Tickets vary in price and can be purchased by visiting www.thegrand.com or by calling 800-821-1894.