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UDel Resident Ensemble Players to present audio ‘A Christmas Carol’ Dec. 11-25

Delaware News Desk
The Resident Ensemble Players, the professional acting company at the University of Delaware, will present a brand-new audio presentation of Charles Dickens’ tale “A Christmas Carol” from Dec. 11-25.

The Resident Ensemble Players, the professional acting company at the University of Delaware, will present a brand-new audio presentation of Charles Dickens’ tale “A Christmas Carol” from Dec. 11-25. 

Adapted by Sara Valentine and Michael Boudewyns, the free audio production will be available for streaming online Dec. 11-25 on the REP website, rep.udel.edu; on WVUD radio 91.3 FM; and at wvud.org. 

“A Christmas Carol” is a familiar holiday story, in which the spirit of Jacob Marley appears to Ebenezer Scrooge, warning him it’s not too late to escape his fate. Scrooge endures the visitations of three spirits, confronted with his past and present sins in the hope he may feel remorse and change his miserly ways. 

“This play is about transformation essentially,” said director Kathleen Pirkl Tague, a REP company member making her directorial debut with this production. “It's Scrooge’s transformation obviously, but it's aided by supernatural energy. I think it is a miracle when people change. When people fundamentally transform, it's miraculous.”

While audiences today may be familiar with film or stage adaptations of “A Christmas Carol,” the story has a long history as an audio presentation. Dickens began this tradition with his live public readings of the original novella, and popularity of the story continued with radio broadcasts beginning in the 1920s. 

The sound design of this production showcases the power of the human voice by using choral music to guide the audience along the journey and, according to a press release, “evoking the full spectrum of emotions along the way.” Many of the choral pieces are from the 2014 performance “Carols By Candlelight” from the UD Chorale. 

For more, visit rep.udel.edu.