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TRAVEL & ENTERTAINMENT: Center REPertory Company Welcomes the Holiday Season with the Classic “A Christmas Carol”

Nov 17, 2017
Center REPertory Company presents A Christmas Carol, from December 7 through December 17, 2017 at the Lesher Center for the Arts (1601 Civic Drive) in Walnut Creek, CA. Directed by Scott Denison, A Christmas Carol is the third production of Center REP’s 50th anniversary season.

Dickens’ classic tale comes to life once more on the Hofmann Theatre stage! Brimming with music and dance, love and laughter, spectacular special effects and scary ghosts, it’s no wonder critics have called it “THE Christmas Carol to see in the Bay Area.”

Denison returns to direct this holiday spectacular for the 19th time, and he’s pushing himself to wow audiences once again. “A Christmas Carol is always evolving,” he says. “Each year, we add something new. Last year we added projections, so the magic that we were able to create with actors, lighting, and special effects has advanced to a much higher level.”

While the new technical elements are big and exciting, Denison is quick to lay the success of A Christmas Carol at the actors’ feet. “We really have some of the best actors in the Bay Area in this production,” he says. “And they come back. We have a family of people who join together for four weeks every year to tell Dickens’ story.” This year, almost 90 percent of the cast is returning, including Ebenezer Scrooge himself, Michael Ray Wisely.

This will be Wisely’s 16th year with Center REP’s A Christmas Carol, and his third year playing Scrooge. “Every year there is a sense that this year’s show will be better than ever,” Wisely says. “I have always believed that A Christmas Carol is one of the greatest stories in Western literature, and I am excited to discover how another year of life experience will inform my interpretation of this brilliant story.”

Like the cast, many audience members return annually as part of their holiday traditions. “It’s truly a family experience, designed and directed for the family to enjoy,” Denison says. “That’s what brings people back year after year.”

Wisely agrees, attributing A Christmas Carol’s continued popularity to the power of both the story and storytelling. “What makes Dickens’ story so relevant is that we all can identify with the human failings, fragility, and ultimate redemption of Ebenezer Scrooge,” he says. “Someone will walk through the doors of the Hofmann Theatre this year that needs to hear this story, and in the course of the evening, they will be transformed. I’m as sure about this as I am of Ebenezer waking up on Christmas Day with a changed heart and a second chance to do something wonderful with his one, precious life.”

For tickets or more information please visit www.CenterREP.org or call 925.943.SHOW (7469).

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Photo caption: Left to Right: Michael Ray Wisely is Scrooge while Brayden Bautista Toy plays the part of Tiny Tim in CenterREP’s production of “A Christmas Carol"


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