Tag: A Christmas Carol
I’m in Elizabeth Price Kenan Theatre in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Joan H. Gillings Center for Dramatic Art, watching PlayMakers Repertory Company’s production of A Christmas Carol:. It is the Fezziwig Christmas Party scene, and I’m seeing magic: Barrels of ale rolled in by galloping dancers in festival frocks, a rollicking… Read More ›
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Department of Dramatic Art faculty member and PlayMakers Repertory Company mainstay Ray Dooley will bring a host of unforgettable characters from Charles Dickens’ beloved 1843 novel, A Christmas Carol, to full, glorious life on Dec. 12-17 and 19-23 in the intimate 265-seat Elizabeth Price Kenan Theatre in UNC’s… Read More ›
There are two people writing this review. First there is Dustin Britt — the guy who has gone to Theatre in the Park’s musical-comedy version of A Christmas Carol, with his family, every December for the last 27 years. This Dustin values dearly the contribution that writer-actor-director Ira David Wood III’s annual production has made… Read More ›
Theatre in the Park executive and artistic director Ira David Wood III delivers a sumptuous gift to Triangle theatergoers in this year’s presentation of A Christmas Carol, which runs Dec. 7-11 in Raleigh Memorial Auditorium and Dec. 15-18 at the Durham Performing Arts Center. Wood’s production is a feast for the senses. Mark Pirolo’s set,… Read More ›
In his 40th year as the grouchy Ebenezer Scrooge, one might think that Ira David Wood III’s performance in Theatre in the Park’s production of A Christmas Carol would be one that he’s done so many times, he’s gotten bored. You would think that his lines would be so well memorized, he’d often seem like… Read More ›
‘Tis the season for the telling of a classic tale — Theatre in the Park’s musical adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. This Raleigh institution, which some affectionately call “The Ira David Wood Show,” enters its second 40 years of music, dance, and singing a Christmas masterpiece. As in Christmases past, the multi-talented Ira… Read More ›
Ira David Wood III’s “A Christmas Carol,” now in its 40th year on stage, is as much of a legend around the Triangle as the man behind the show. While it would be easy for such a beloved production to ride on the heels of its fame and just coast…doing the same thing year after… Read More ›
Theatre in the Park‘s gala 38th-annual production of TIP executive and artistic director Ira David Wood III’s zany musical-comedy version of “A Christmas Carol,” which will run Dec. 6-9, 11, and 12 in Raleigh Memorial Auditorium and Dec. 15 and 16 in the Durham Performing Arts Center, will include timely topical references and the same old theatrical hocus-pocus and hilariously hokey vaudeville touches — not to mention a virtuoso performance by Wood as Ebenezer Scrooge.
Opening the season with a bang, in September, is the Tony and Pulitzer Prize winning musical Next to Normal. With a thrilling contemporary score by Tom Kitt and book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey, Next to Normal is an emotional powerhouse of a musical about a family trying to take care of themselves and each other.
At age 64, David Wood ruefully admits, it requires less makeup than it did in December 1974, at age 27, when he first played his role signature role as the malicious, misanthropic old miser who experiences a miraculous Christmas Eve conversion, after a series of ghostly visitations, in “A Christmas Carol” (1843) by Charles Dickens.
I continue to feel such pride, too, in my son [Ira David Wood IV]’s incredible job as Scrooge in this year’s production of “A Christmas Carol.” As a dear friend said, there is now indisputable evidence that the show will live on and hopefully continue to entertain and heal hearts long after I’ve taken my last curtain call.
The historic 36th edition of long-time Theatre in the Park executive and artistic director Ira David Wood III’s zany musical-comedy version of “A Christmas Carol” marks the first time ever that someone besides David Wood has hammed it up hilariously as Charles Dickens’ miserly old misanthrope Ebenezer Scrooge, whose miraculous Christmas Eve change-of-heart annually leaves TIP patrons laughing through their tears.
This year, for the first time ever, someone besides TIP founder and executive director Ira David Wood III will don the hawkish prosthetic nose and ratty gray wig and trowel on the age makeup to play Ebenezer Scrooge when the curtain goes up on 36th annual edition of Wood’s madcap musical version of “A Christmas Carol.” David Wood’s 26-year-old son and namesake, Ira David Wood IV, will tackle his father’s signature role.
Theatre In The Park’s 2010-2011 season celebrates the power of theatre with four shows capturing the dramatic highs and comedic lows of life in the theatre. Save 10%, sign up by July 15 and take advantage of Early Bird Membership Pricing.
The season kicks off this summer with two youth conservatories of Disney’s The Jungle Book. Each conservatory has 38 local youth ages 8-18 and culminates with a weekend of performances.
Raleigh’s very own musical comedy adaptation of A Christmas Carol, by Theatre in the Park, has been warming hearts since 1974. Some of the production’s beloved characters will be ushering in the holiday season and movie-goers for the opening night of Disney’s A Christmas Carol: An IMAX 3D Experience at the Wachovia IMAX Theatre at Marbles.