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November 7, 2013

Norman residents bring A Christmas Carol to life

NORMAN — Several Norman residents are taking the stage this holiday season to tell the redemptive story of Ebenezer Scrooge Lyric Theatre’s “A Christmas Carol.”

Vince Leseney, Mandy Jiran, Tom Huston Orr, Mat Govich and Owen Joyner are among the cast members performing the Charles Dickens holiday classic in the Oklahoma City theater’s third annual performance.

Leseney, splitting the role of Bob Cratchit with Orr, said the production combines the joys of Christmas with thrills, chills and over-the-top theatrics, making it the perfect way to commemorate the season.

“I want the audience to feel like they’ve been immersed in the Dickens period with all the costumes — the set is great, the costumes are beautiful — it’s for people to completely forget for a couple hours, to forget how crazy the holidays can be and how much they have to be done and just enjoy the ride, enjoy the story,” Leseney said. “And to be changed to the very core of their souls.”

Mandy Jiran, performing as the Ghost of Christmas Present for the third year, said the production is about a man’s journey as he reflects on his life and considers what the future might look like. After supernatural visits in the night from the ghost of Scrooge’s business partner Jacob Marley, as well as the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future, Scrooge is transformed from a selfish, hateful man to a hopeful, charitable man.

“It’s a story about change, I think — that a person can change,” Jiran said. “And it’s beautiful, in its grotesque ways.”

With ghosts and allusions to death, Jiran said the nature of “A Christmas Carol” is both dark and jolly. This production is packed with effects that add to the tone with Christmas Past flying over the audience, actual falling snow and more.

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