Audience of One to present ‘A Christmas Carol, the musical’

Angie Mayes • Updated Oct 30, 2016 at 10:00 AM

“A Christmas Carol, the musical,” which was a rousing hit on Broadway during the holiday season from 1994 until 2003, is coming to the Capitol Theatre. 

Audience of One Productions, based in Lebanon, will present the musical.

The play will run Dec. 1-3 and Dec. 7-9 with the Thursday and Friday shows beginning at 7 p.m., and the Saturday shows starting at 6 p.m.

The story of Ebenezer Scrooge that millions learned as children is the basic plotline of the musical. Mike Cole plays Scrooge while Bryton Cole is Cratchit and Enzo Educate is Tiny Tim. 

Other actors in the cast include Elizabeth Rhea as the Ghost of Christmas Past; Jeremiah Bender as the Ghost of Christmas Present; and Keely Chandler as the Ghost of Christmas Future.

In total, there are 47 actors in the cast, and eight crewmembers in the show. The production members range in age from 5 years old to nearly 70. There are also family members who do shows together. 

The show will run about two hours with an intermission.

Audience of One founder and “A Christmas Carol” director Angie Dee said the musical is the hardest thing the nearly two-year old group has undertaken.

“’A Christmas Carol, the musical’ is beautiful,” she said. “Alan Menken’s music is amazing. It’s probably the most difficult piece we have done at Audience of One.

“I’m amazed by the talent we have. I’m most excited about this show because it has such a strong story of redemption all the way through it.”

Dee said the Capitol Theatre owners and staff were supportive of Audience of One since the drama troupe has used the theatre for their productions.

“This is our home, and we’re very thankful to have a [mini Tennessee Performance Arts Center] here in Wilson County,” she said.

Music for “A Christmas Carol, the Musical” was written by Menken, with lyrics by Lynn Ahrens and book by Mike Ockrent and Lynn Ahrens. The musical is based on Charles Dickens’ 1843 novella with the same name.

“When Alan Menken wrote the music for the play, there was a slight deviation of the characters that makes them so much more interesting,” Dee said. “That’s something that we’ve never seen before in the original story.”

For tickets, visit capitoltheatretn.com. For more about Audience of One Productions, visit audienceofoneproductions.com.

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