Ebenezer Scrooge comes to town. December 13-22

The Spirit of Christmas Present
The Spirit of Christmas Present
Glenn Gray of Sudbury returns to the stage in the
New Life Fine Arts Musical Theater’s Presentation of
Ebenezer Scrooge: A CHRISTMAS CAROL,
December 13-22 at Concord’s Emerson Umbrella Theater

Twenty-five years after its delightful American premiere in Concord MA, “Ebenezer Scrooge: A Christmas Carol,” New Life Fine Arts’ thrilling musical adaptation of the 1843 Charles Dickens story, comes again to Concord for nine uplifting performances, December 13th to 22nd. Glenn Gray of Sudbury starred in that premier showing and again returns to the cast playing the role of “The Spirit of Christmas Past” and “The Spirit of Christmas Present”. His wife Jo-Anne and three of his children, Sparrow, Jasmine and Misha join him on the stage in The Concord-based theater company. This powerfully orchestrated musical retelling of the radical, Christmas-Eve transformation of ageing Ebenezer Scrooge—the “Bah-humbug”-ing miser who hates Christmas—has become a New England tradition, gripping and inspiring audiences since 1987. The show features a talented cast of 60 complete with a small orchestra, colorful sets, costumes and special effects that will lift audiences back to a long-ago, wintry Victorian London for Scrooge’s unforgettable encounter with the Christmas Spirit. The retelling of Scrooge’s unhappy past and present preoccupations, with predictions of his woeful future, is interwoven with original songs by Concord composer and playwright David MacAdam as well as with well-known Christmas carols, including “O Little Town of Bethlehem,” written by Boston’s own Phillips Brooks. The cast, with marvelous songs, leads theatergoers to the moment of the startling change that overtakes Scrooge—and by the show’s climax even the audience might be tempted to join in singing, “We hear the Christmas Angels / the great glad tidings tell, / O come with us, / Abide with us, / Our Lord Emmanuel!” MacAdam wrote Scrooge in 1984 while he was living in England, where it also was first staged. Come to Concord this holiday season and discover the true joy of Christmas at New Life Fine Arts’ production of Scrooge—a show that musically reminds audiences, as Dickens would put it, “Christmas can be every day of the year.”

All nine performances will be held at the Emerson Umbrella Center for the Arts, 40 Stow Street, Concord, MA—right in Concord Center. Evening performances are being held at 7:30 PM Dec. 13,14,18, 20, 21 and 2:00 PM Matinees Dec. 14,15, 21, 22. Tickets are $20 for ages 18 and older and $17 for ages 17 and under. For tickets visit us online at NewLifeFineArts.org/tickets or call our 24-hour ticket line 877-746-9755.

“Ebenezer Scrooge: A Christmas Carol,” is directed by Concord’s own composer and playwright, David MacAdam, who has led New Life Fine Arts Musical Theater for twenty-five years, during which time thousands of New England theatergoer have been given an inspirational glimpse into the true meaning of Christmas.
Come join us this December and be encouraged to spread your Christmas cheer far beyond this holiday season!


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