Tag: Charles Dickens
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 ›
The North Raleigh Arts and Creative Theatre will present a community-theater production of “Oliver Twist,” Robert Thomas Noll’s 2000 stage adaptation of the 1837-39 novel by Charles Dickens (1812-70), directed by Sally Kinka, on Nov. 30-Dec. 2; Dec. 7-9, and 14-16 in its small black-box theater in the Greystone Village Shopping Center, in north Raleigh, NC.
The North Carolina Theatre‘s invigorating home-grown Broadway-style production of “Oliver!” really earns its exclamation point, with charismatic characterizations by a stellar cast led by Kevin Gray as Fagin and buoyant instrument accompaniment by musical director Edward G. Robinson and the NCT orchestra.
The North Carolina Theatre will present “Oliver!,” the 1960 West End and 1963 Broadway hit musical with music, lyrics, and book by Lionel Bart (1930-99), on July 17-22 in Raleigh Memorial Auditorium. This rollicking stage adaptation of the 1838 novel “Oliver Twist” by Charles Dickens (1812-70) premiered on June 30, 1960 in London, where it ran for 2,618 performances.
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.
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.
The culmination of their studies, a frisky four-day run of Rupert Holmes’ 1986 Tony Award-winning musical DROOD — THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD, was a delightful evening’s entertainment.