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TheatreSquared today announced its new adaptation of the Dickens classic A Christmas Carol will be available as a stream-at-home show beginning Thursday, Dec. 10.
The new adaptation, starring T2 veteran Bryce Kemph and Courtneah Sanders Irish (Amadeus, Hamlet) playing more than 35 roles, runs through Dec. 27.
From the description of the new show:
The play finds librarians Mr. Heaps and Miss Trilling trapped indoors while a blizzard rages outside on Christmas Eve, 1850. Deeply introverted but sharing a love of literature, they’re embarrassed to discover they’ve each secreted away copies of Charles Dickens’ newest work. Slowly, their reserve drops away as they fall into the magical story of Ebeneezer Scrooge and Christmases past, present and future.
T2 officials said they held off announcing the new adaptation in hopes that COVID-19 numbers would decline enough to host some socially-distanced in-person performances this season.
With numbers continuing to rise, however, officials said they have decided to continue with streaming shows through at least March 1. The streaming shows also have allowed audiences outside NWA to enjoy the performances.
“While we won’t be able to welcome audience members to the theater, we’re excited that many farflung friends and families may choose to stream the show together wherever they happen to be,” said T2 executive director Martin Miller.
Streaming performances do have some other advantages as well.
“We began with a smaller cast as a nod to the realities of the pandemic,” said Amy Herzberg, who will direct the show. “But what was born as necessity quickly grew into delight as we fell madly in love with these two librarians and the relationship that starts to flower between them.”
T2 has had quite a year despite the pandemic. The company’s Russian Troll Farm made New York Times list of the best theatre produced in 2020, and last week, the company’s production of The Half-Life of Marie Curie received a rave review in The Wall Street Journal.
Tickets for A Christmas Carol are priced $25-$35, and can be purchased online at theatre2.org or by calling 479.777.7477.