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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

A CHRISTMAS CAROL ON THE AIR @ SUU’S DEPARTMENT OF THEATRE ARTS & DANCE (Cedar City and St. George, December 5-7, Monday, December 9, Thursday, December 12, and Saturday, December 16)


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 SaturdayDecember 13–14, as well as a 1:00pm matinee onSaturdayDecember 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 Bahras 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 coordinatorsKatrina Dransfield and Kristal Armistead, with “Ghost” costume designs by Katrina Dransfield, lighting designerBrian 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 andAnything 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.

Southern Utah University’s College of Performing and Visual Arts is home to nationally-accredited departments of Art and Design, Music, Theatre Arts, and Dance. The College offers 17 degrees, including liberal arts Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science, professional Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Fine Arts in art and theatre, and Arts Administration Master of Arts and Master of Fine Arts. It houses the Center for Shakespeare Studies, which offers a degree minor. More than 60 full and part-time faculty and staff teach and mentor over 550 arts majors. Over 1100 students enroll each year in more than 195 arts classes. The College presents 100 performances, lectures, presentations, and exhibitions annually.  Its affiliate organizations include the Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery, American Folk Ballet, Utah Shakespeare Festival, and the SUU Ballroom Dance Company. For more information about the College of Performing and Visual Arts, contact the Office of the Dean (435) 865-8561, or by e-mail at cpvamktg@suu.edu.

WHAT:              In a delightful premise, the holiday favorite is hilariously retold in the style of a classic radio show, with an all-star Cedar City cast headed by USF Founder, Fred C. Adams as Scrooge and complete with atmospheric live sound effects, wacky backstage antics, and a team of lovely, close harmony singing "Carolettes."

WHO:               Southern Utah University, College of Performing and Visual Arts, Theatre Arts & Dance Series

WHEN:             Cedar City: December 5-7, 9, 12, and 16, 2013
                         St. George: December 13 and 14, 2013

TIME:               Cedar City: 7:30pm
                        St. George: 1:00pm (Saturday matinee) and 7:30pm

WHERE:           Randall L. Jones Theatre, Southern Utah University, Cedar City, UT
                         Cox Center for the Performing Arts, Dixie State University, St. George, UT

TICKETS:         Cedar City: (435) 586-7872, Monday-Friday, 8am-4:30pm or visit: www.suu.edu/arts
                          St. George: (435) 652-7800 or visit dixiestatetickets.com

PRICES:          Cedar City: General Adult Admission: $10; SUU Faculty & Staff: $8; Student & Youth: $5;
                         SUU Students: Free with valid ID.

   St. George: General Adult Admission: $15; Senior Citizens: $12; DSU Students: $1; SUU Faculty & Staff: $1

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