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Sauk Prairie Theatre Guild to present 'A Christmas Carol'

 

November 30, 2017

Erin Vander Weele

Carolers performing in the play rehearse in costume to prepare for the upcoming production.

This weekend, the Sauk Prairie Theatre Guild will present a new stage adaptation of the classic story "A Christmas Carol," featuring Charles Dickens' original prose and carolers singing throughout the play.

The multi-media stage performance will feature more than 75 actors, from youth to adults, sharing the story of Scrooge's travels through interactions with Christmas Past, Present, and Yet-to-Come and his transformation from "Bah Humbug" to "God Bless Us Everyone." Actors are from the Sauk City, Prairie du Sac, Baraboo, Reedsburg, Blue Mounds, and Lodi areas.

The performances take place Dec. 1 at 7 p.m., Dec. 2 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. and Dec. 3 at 2 p.m. at the River Arts Center, 105 Ninth Street, Prairie du Sac.

To present "A Christmas Carol" to the audience as written by Dickens, director Rauel LaBreche of Prairie du Sac said they are having multiple narrators in the play to reintegrate more prose from the original story in this production than what he has seen in other versions.

"Any of the dialogue that you hear is Dickens' dialogue; we really didn't change that part of it, but there was a lot of prose in-between that talks about the characters and gives you the inside scoop of what's going on with Scrooge at a given time, or just setting the stage and environment," LaBreche said.

"A lot of that is just done visually, but I always felt like the way Dickens' describes it is actually more important than just visually seeing it because his writing is really, a lot of times, just so impeccable."

The play also features adult and children carolers throughout the performance. About 10 carols will be sung including "Silent Night" and "Hark the Herald Angels Sing."

"Every carol that we're doing is from 1843 or earlier, so it was being sung at the time this was first written," LaBreche said. "Then we're also using it to cover scene changes."

Tickets can be purchased at River Arts on Water Gallery in Prairie du Sac, in person or by calling 608-643-5215, online at sptheatreguild.org, or at the door.

Advance tickets: Adults- $12, Students/Seniors- $10. At the door: Adults- $14, Students/Seniors- $12.

The production is supported in part by a grant from the Sauk County UW Extension, Arts and Culture Committee, Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts.

 
 

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