The Bayou Playhouse celebrates this holiday season with a new twist on Charles Dickens' old classic, A Christmas Carol. This holiday family favorite about the cranky old miser, Ebenszer Scrooge will open at the Bayou Playhouse on Friday November 27 and will run through Sunday December 20.
"This highly inventive adaptation of the Dickens story will be performed in the classical clowning style of Commedia dell' Arte. We have dancers, singers, jugglers, mimes, clowns & an English bell choir," said Director Perry Martin. "It's a Bayou Playhouse holiday Christmas gift of wonder, laughter, awe and imagination for children of all ages."
In this retelling of the family holiday classic, the audience encounters a company of traveling players about to perform A Christmas Carol. As the on-stage trunk of supplies opens, actors and clowns spill out and roll on stage.
The troupe improvises by creating an unbelievable magical world of make-believe. The players soon discover that the actors playing Scrooge and Tiny Tim have abandoned the tour; but the show must go on! The prop girl eagerly volunteers for the part of Tim while the cynical gruff stage manager must be forcibly drafted to play the old miser. The troupe proceeds to make their way through the Christmas tale - creating fog, snow, fire and ghosts through mime, imagination and wonderful visual effects. The rag tag players quickly become the characters of this story, and we are then pulled into the life of Ebenezer Scrooge. The Christmas Spirits work their magic and warm the heart of Scrooge, as well as the entire audience. Don't miss this family friendly magical journey of Christmas miracles as sung, danced, mimed and juggled by the Halifax Theatre Company.
In the featured roles are stage, film & television actors & Bayou Playhouse favorites, Dane Rhodes as Ebenszer Scrooge and Travis Resor as Marley's ghost. Rhodes has appeared in previous Bayou Playhouse productions of Turtles & Alligators, Torn Page & most recently as Captain Keller in last season's sell out hit, The Miracle Worker. His numerous film credits include Django Unchained, The Free State of Jones with Matthew McConaughey & A Love Song for Bobby Long which he co-starred with John Travolta & Scarlett Johansson. Travis Resor is best known as Chet in the film Waiting & has appeared in numerous roles on the Bayou Playhouse stage such as Charlie Brown in last season's holiday smash hit, A Charlie Brown Christmas. As well as Okra, A Streetcar Named Desire, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Catfish Moon & Katrina, Mother-In-Law of Em' All.
Joining the veteran actors on stage is a cast of professional actors, singers, dancers, jugglers & mines from New Orleans & Lafourche & Terrebonne Parishes including Kate Paige (Thibodaux), Lexi Richmond (Larose) & Jillian Vedros-Rowan (Houma). This 15-member cast will feature visiting nationally acclaimed artists, clowns & jugglers David Chervony & Chatty the Mime.
The Bayou Playhouse is located at 101 Main Street, in the bayou town of Lockport. Only a short drive from Thibodaux, Houma, lower Lafourche and just an hour’s drive from Downtown New Orleans.
A Christmas Carol will open at the Bayou Playhouse on Friday November 27 and runs through Sunday December 20.
Tickets prices are $25 in advance online or $27 at the door. $17 for ages 12 & under. Performances run Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m. with Saturday & Sunday matinees at 2:30 p.m.
For ticket purchases, season subscriptions, corporate sponsorships or other information about the Bayou Playhouse, visit www.bayouplayhouse.com or call 1-888-99-BAYOU (22968). Please visit our web site or Facebook page for the posting of additional performances. All show times and performance dates are subject to change due to circumstances beyond our control.
Posted on Tue, November 24, 2015
by The Lafourche Gazette