off the WALL productions, Carnegie, opens its 2018-19 season with Charles Dickens’ classic “A Christmas Carol” at Carnegie Stage. This effectively integrated adaptation of the beloved Christmas tale revisits the words, characters and 19th century flavors of Dickens’ best-known work, with its themes of inequity and renewal just as relevant in our society today as they were in 1843. In this solo piece, the arc of the story is experienced through the mind and heart of Ebeneezer Scrooge as he evolves from his life of isolation and greed through dream-like vistas of fear, guilt and shame, to his ultimate new reality of compassion and human transformation.
This version of the story, conceived, co-adapted and performed by Mark Coffin (pictured), also employs the narrator as the second most important character, as he moves from commentary and reporting to the seamless blending into Ebenezer himself, as well as multiple other characters. The use of light, music and projections to reflect emotion and environment illuminate this magical production, co-adapted and directed by Heidi Mueller Smith.
Performances run at 8 p.m. Dec. 6-8 and 13-15, and at 3 p.m. Dec. 9. Tickets are $5-$35 and are available at https://www.insideoffthewall.com/shows.
For information, call 724-873-3576.