A Christmas Carol

Charles Dickens’ story of love and redemption, A Christmas Carol, will be presented by the Helmerich School of Drama and University Theatre at the University of Oklahoma. The production is adapted and directed by Tom Huston Orr, with musical direction by Mandy Jiran and choreography by Roxanne Lyst.

A Christmas Carol will open at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, with additional performances set for 8 p.m. Dec. 1, 6 and 7, and at 3 p.m. Dec. 1, 2 and 8. All performances will be held in the Elsie C. Brackett Theatre, 563 Elm Ave., on the OU Norman campus. This production is suitable for all audiences.

University Theatre’s cast includes 30 students from OU Helmerich School of Drama, School of Dance, and local community children. Lavish costumes designed by Lloyd Cracknell with a beautiful set designed by Uldarico Sarmiento enrich the holiday story.

English author Charles Dickens continues to be one of the most widely read Victorian (nineteenth-century) novelists. Scrooge, David Copperfield, Oliver Twist, and Nicholas Nickelby remain familiar characters today. A Christmas Carol, a ghost story of Christmas published in 1843, is probably the most popular piece of fiction that Dickens ever wrote.

The cast for the production includes Audrey Armacost, Justin Armer, Avery Baker, Craig Caldwell, Sydney Culbertson, Michael Darmon, Lucy Dismore, Grace Evans, Alyssa Fantel, Caleb Hennigan, Nick Hone, Joni Keaton, Chip Keebaugh, Jaden Kelly, Evan Lennon, Becca Mighell, Thomas Peck, Madison Penzkover, Race Ricketts, Celena Rose, Abigail Schmitz, Riley Smith, Emily Stuhler, Reagan Sudduth, Alexandra Swanbeck, Ashtonn Thompson, Julian Walker, Will Warner, Micah Weese, Taylor Yancey and Jon Yawn. Dancers include Alma Cienski, Joni Keaton, Keiran King, Keyveontae’ Martin, Cameron Terry and Claire Willcutt. The youth performers are Hanna Andreassen, Hannah Butler, Joshua Cheng, Alli Dorris, Madilyn Kellam and Harper Orr.

The design staff includes Uldarico Sarmiento, scenic designer; Lloyd Cracknell, costume designer; Richard L. Sprecker, lighting designer; Jarrod Fries, sound designer; and Abigail Schmitz, dramaturg. The production staff consists of Orr, artistic director; Michael Moffitt as composer/arranger; Kaitlin Souter, stage manager; Jeff Baldwin, technical director; Kasey Allee-Foremen, associate producer; and Mary Margaret Holt, producer.

Advance purchase tickets for A Christmas Carol are $25 adult; $20 senior adult (60 and older), OU employee, military; and $10 student, plus processing fee. Tickets at the door are $35 for adult and $15 for student. Tickets may be purchased online at theatre.ou.edu, by calling (405) 325-4101 or visiting the OU Fine Arts Box Office in the Catlett Music Center, 500 W. Boyd St. For accommodations, please call the OU Fine Arts Box Office at (405) 325-4101. To schedule an interview, please contact Sandra Bent at sbent@ou.edu, (405) 325-4101.

Caleb Slinkard was hired as the editor of the Norman Transcript in August of 2015. He is a graduate of Texas A&M University-Commerce and previously was in charge of several newspapers in northeast Texas.