The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


November 23, 2012

Spirited Dickens tale visits BTE

WILLIAMSPORT — A whimsical 14-foot-tall puppet, a beloved tale with an innovative script, festive costumes and a few bah-humbugs will be discovered when the houselights dim and the curtain rises this weekend for the opening of the Bloomsburg Theater Ensemble’s production of “A Christmas Carol.”

A spirited, seasonal show it shall be.

Although the holidays bring a flood of Scrooge-inspired films, plays and mindboggling adaptations (Susan Lucci as a female Scrooge running a department store quickly comes to mind), the Bloomsburg Theater Ensemble (BTE) finds the right balance of newness and originality that freshens up the 169-year-old classic in a way that pays proper homage to one of the most beloved stories ever told.

A bah-humbug this is not.

“Everyone at the BTE has been working extra hard to put this production together and it will certainly be a great and family friendly performance that is a little bit different from past productions of ‘A Christmas Carol,’” said director, Richard Cannaday, who also adapted the Dickens classic of hope and redemption.

“The BTE has performed ‘A Christmas Carol’ many times over the years and for the past five performances, it has been the same adaptation. So this time we wanted to make it a little different and fresh but still stay true to the story.”

For many people, the BTE’s yuletide production is a cherished part of their holiday season and over the years the group has staged “A Christmas Carol” 15 times.

“People love the story of Scrooge and his journey because the story is basically about love and hope. About redemption and having another chance to make things right,” he said.

The production runs from today through Dec. 29 at the Alvina Krause Theatre in downtown Bloomsburg. Performances are Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m.

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