A family musical with an important message

At the end of November, Aberystwyth based theatre company, Louche Theatre, will be presenting a musical version of the Charles Dickens classic A Christmas Carol at Morlan.

In October 1843, Dickens – heavily in debt and obliged to his publishers, began work on a Christmas book to help supplement his family’s meagre income. The volume – A Christmas Carol – has long since become one of the most beloved stories in the English language. As much part of the Christmas season as mistletoe and holly, this perennial favourite continues to attract and delight new audiences and its message of charity and goodwill is just as relevant today.

As Ebenezer Scrooge journeys through Christmases past, present and future, he meets a series of spectral visitors and is ultimately transformed from an arrogant, obstinate and insensitive miser to a generous, warm-hearted and caring human being.

Thanks to Musical Director, Tiffany Evans, Louche Theatre’s version is packed with wonderful songs by Leslie Bricusse, plus beautiful renditions of popular carols.

Speaking about the performances, director Harry Durnall explained: “A Christmas Carol is probably my favourite Dickens story and one I have wanted to present with Louche Theatre for a long time. Being able to incorporate music into the play really heightens the sense of festivity and goodwill that the story is well known for. The cast of over 30 are really enjoying the opportunity to act and sing (and sometimes dance!), and one or two have become scarily good at getting into character!”

A Christmas Carol – The Family Musical will be performed each night at 7.30 from Friday to Sunday, 24-26 November with matinees at 2.30 on the Saturday and Sunday. Further information: www.louchetheatre.com.

It really is an ideal way to step into Christmas!

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