The Guthrie Theater will present its 26th staging of the Charles Dickens’ classic, A Christmas Carol in November. Previews for the show begin Nov. 17. A Christmas Carol opens Nov. 24 and runs through Dec. 30.
Adapted by Barbara Field and directed by Sari Ketter, Guthrie’s A Christmas Carol features the voice of Kelsey Grammar as narrator. Grammer’s voiceover replaces that of the late Sir John Gielgud who passed away in May. Director Ketter and Guthrie sound designer Scott Edwards collaborated with Grammer on the recording of the narration, which was done in Santa Monica, California.
In all, there will be a record-size cast for this production, with 45 actors including 15 children. Charles Janasz (Guthrie’s Molly Sweeny) will play Scrooge and six-year-old Jordan Cunningham-Folger will play Tiny Tim. Also featured in the company are Erin Anderson, Bob Beverage, Michael Booth, Sara Dammann, Sean Michael Dooley, Nathaniel Fuller, Bard Goodrich, Emil Herrera, Michael Kissin, Kris Nelson, Patty Nieman, Togba Norris, Jada D. Odom, Marcus Quiniones, T. Mychael Rambo, Mark Rosenwinkel, Marquetta Sxenters, Suzanne Warmanen, Maya Washington, Sally Wingert and Stephen Yoakum.
The creative team for the show comprises associate director Christopher Hibma, choreographer Marcela Kingman Lorca, set designer Neil Patel, costume designer Jess Goldstein, lighting designer Marcus Dilliard, composer Victor Zupanc, musical director Kyle Clausen, sound designer Scott Edwards, vocal coach Mira Kehoe, dramaturg Michael Lupu and stage manager Jenny Batten.
The Minnesota Boychoir will perform pre-performance concerts on Nov. 22 and 24 at 7:15 PM each night. The Twin Cities Emergency Foodshelf Network is asking patrons to bring a non-perishable food donation to the theatre for collection.
Tickets range $21-$44 with previews ranging $16-$38. The Guthrie Theater is located at 725 Vineland Place in Minneapolis. For tickets call (612) 377-2224 or visit www.guthrietheater.org.
-- By Murdoch McBride