A Christmas Carol, adapted from the work by Charles Dickens
December 3-5, 2014, 1 p.m., Waldner Performing Arts Center
"A Christmas Carol" was first published by Chapman & Hall on December 17, 1843, and met with instant success and critical acclaim.
The story tells of sour and stingy Ebenezer Scrooge's ideological, ethical and emotional transformation after the supernatural visits of Jacob Marley and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come. It was published in early Victorian-era Britain, when new customs such as the Christmas tree and greeting cards were introduced and people also experienced a nostalgic interest in forgotten Christmas traditions.
The author took inspiration from his humiliating childhood experiences, sympathy for the poor and various Christmas stories and fairytales. The tale has been viewed as an indictment of 19th-century industrial capitalism, and was adapted several times for stage production. It has been credited with restoring the holiday to one of festivity in Britain and America following a somber period of sobriety.
A Christmas Carol remains popular and has been adapted to film, opera and other media.