Thursday, June 19, 2014

A Christmas Carol at the Grand Theatre, Kingston, Ontario

Tickets now on sale!

A Christmas Carol (Broadway) is a spectacular adaptation of Charles Dickens's most well known story. Proving its staying power with a decade long run at Madison Square Garden.

Bottle Tree Productions is now a Theatre in Residence at the Grand Theatre. Their first big musical at The Grand Theatre will be A Christmas Carol

Thurs., Dec. 18 - Sat., Dec. 20 @ 7:30pm
Matinee Performance Sat., Dec 20 @ 2:00pm
Tickets $38.75 (+HST and Box Office charges)

Tickets available at the Grand Theatre Box Office at 218 Princess Street in Kingston, Ontario. Phone 613-530-2050 or go online at

A Christmas Carol (Broadway)
Music by  Alan Menken
Lyrics by  Lynn Ahrens
Book by  Mike Ockrent and Lynn Ahrens
Based on the story by Charles Dickens
Directed by Charles Robertson
Musical Direction by Daryl Bryan
Produced by Anne Marie Mortensen

One Act, Book Musical, Rated G
Original Radio City Entertainment/
Madison Square Garden Version

Director Charles Robertson said that “Years ago Dramatic Impact did  A
Christmas Carol at the Grand. It had been a Christmas Tradition for a number of years with Dennis Curtis as Scrooge It was a magical show that opened up to me the possibilities of theatre. Performances like that make theatre a wonderful experience for the young and the young at heart.”

“We are delighted to be opening up with Christmas Carol at the Regina Rosen Auditorium” said company founder and producer; Anne Marie Mortensen. “Over the last 8 years, we have produced a tremendous number of shows-from very small to quite large. I can’t possibly remember how many exactly. But we have had great success with our musicals. Cats directed by Ebon Gage, Les Miserables directed by myself and The Sound of Music directed by my Bottle Tree partner Charles Robertson.

Why the Grand Theatre? “A Christmas Carol is the quintessential story of a man finding the meaning behind the season. "Peace on earth, goodwill toward man" (especially the goodwill part!) is what Scrooge ends up learning and longing for. His redemption is a story that everyone can identify with. We all have moments of miserliness where we think less generously of others than we ought to - but at Christmas time especially, we try hard to overcome the baser emotions and bring forth a feeling of generosity. Scrooge has to learn this lesson in a way that is harder than most, but it makes  his reform that much more poignant. We are able to bring this familiar fare to our audience in a format that has never been  done in Kingston - as a piece of musical theatre.”

Why should people go? “First and foremost; Alan Menken’s music is tremendous. The story is fabulous. Everyone knows it. You can bring your kids. It gets to the heart about what Christmas is all about. Before Charles Dickens wrote Christmas Carol, people did not exchange gifts, did not have a day off work, did not give to the poor. Christmas Carol is about one day to remember the best of mankind. In Christmas Carol, Ebenezer Scrooge is transformed from mean and miserly to warm, giving and kind. Its wonderful stuff.  Great songs, dancing and acting will make this show a Christmas highlight. Musicals are a tremendous amount of work but seeing the pleasure it gives to audiences is all worth it.”

A brief summary of the show.

Ebenezer Scrooge is a prosperous curmudgeon who believes personal wealth is far more valuable than the happiness and comfort of others. With an infuriated "Bah! Humbug!" Scrooge summates his feelings of Christmas tidings and charitable giving, but he's forced to face his selfish ways when three ghosts on Christmas Eve lead him through his Past, Present, & Future. Thanks to their guidance, Scrooge recognizes his faults and greets Christmas morning with a cheerful "Happy Christmas" before spending the day reconnecting and sharing love with those that mean the most to him.

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