Suu’s Department of Theatre Arts & Dance
To Present Southern Utah’s Holiday Favorite
A Christmas Carol On The Air
In Cedar City and St. George
Photo by Karl Hugh. From left to right: Fred C. Adams, Peter Sham, Redge Palmer, and Brad Carroll in A Christmas Carol On The Air
Southern Utah University, Cedar City, Utah: Brad Carroll and Peter Sham’s A Christmas Carol On The Air, a hilarious retelling of Charles Dickens’ holiday classic, returns to Southern Utah this December! SUU’s Department of Theatre Arts & Dance is pleased to present this regional holiday favorite Thursday-Saturday, December 5-7, Monday, December 9, Thursday, December 12, and Saturday, December 16 at the Randall L. Jones Theatre in Cedar City. Curtain time is 7:30pm for Cedar City performances.
Dixie State University, St. George, Utah: Dixie State’s Cox Center for the Performing Arts will also host three performances, including 7:30pm shows on Friday and Saturday, December 13–14, as well as a 1:00pm matinee on Saturday, December 14.
Originally created for the Utah Shakespeare Festival, A Christmas Carol on the Air was conceived and adapted from the Charles Dickens classic by Peter Sham and Brad Carroll with play and lyrics by Sham and score and music by Carroll. Sham and Carroll are the co-creators of the international hit Lend Me a Tenor the Musical. The show’s delightful premise is that the beloved holiday classic is hilariously retold in the style of a classic radio show, complete with atmospheric live sound effects, wacky backstage antics, and a team of lovely, harmony-singing "Carolettes." It's a behind-the-scenes story of radio actors and their own conflicts as they tell Dickens' tale of Ebenezer Scrooge's reformation and redemption—all during a live broadcast. Christmas Carol On The Air is full of hilarity and harmony; and a wonderful new way for the entire family to get into the holiday spirit.
The cast is headed by Fred C. Adams in the role of the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge. Appearing alongside of Adams are none other than Brad Carroll and Peter Sham, playing the roles of Stu and Chick Wright, heads of a fictional troupe, The Wright Brothers Radio Theatre, who travel from town to town creating old-time radio classics with the help of each town’s residents. The cast also includes Chuck Metten as Chuck, Jacob Marley, Fezziwig and various other roles, Michael Bahr as Bob Cratchit and Dan Frezza as the Ghost of Charles Dickens. The harmonious Carolettes are embodied by Tatem Credille, Sceri Ivers, and Samantha Smith. Young Orlando Sham appears in the endearing role of Tiny Tim. Rounding out the company, the ensemble play multiple roles and these hard-working actors are Alex Allred, Trent Dahlin, Josh Durfey, Amber James, Darrah Jones, Redge Palmer, Carly Skankey, and Christopher Whiteside.
Collaborating with Sham & Carroll on this holiday favorite are set designer Jennifer Christensen, costume coordinators Katrina Dransfield and Kristal Armistead, with “Ghost” costume designs by Katrina Dransfield, lighting designer Brian Swanson, sound designer Brad Gowers, propmaster Seth Burgess, and stage manager Errin Gropp.
Celebrate the holidays with this irresistible charmer directed by Brad Carroll, the man who staged Les Misérables and Anything Goes at the Utah Shakespeare Festival. Ticket prices for the Cedar City performances at the Randall L. Jones Theatre are: $10 General Admission; $8 SUU Faculty/Staff, $5 Youth and free for SUU students with a valid ID. For tickets, call (435) 586-7872, Monday-Friday, 8am-4:30pm, or purchase at the Centrum Arena box office. Tickets may be purchased online at www.suu.edu/arts.
Ticket Prices for the St. George performances at the Cox Center for the Performing Arts are $15 General Admission, $12 for seniors, and $1 for all DSU Students and SUU Faculty & Staff. For tickets, call the box office at (435) 652-7800, or visit their website at dixiestatetickets.com.