First Assembly will present an brand-new, original, modern, musical-adaptation of the classic A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. Adapted and directed by Matthew Dunham with original music by Nate and Amy Jo Mattison, this 2-hour and 15-minute presentation has 17 exciting song and dance numbers with thrilling flashbacks to the 1950s and 1970s. If you appreciated the classic, you’re going to love this modern musical adaptation.
Set in 2016 in Saint Paul Minnesota, this contemporary adaptation of A Christmas Carol is brought to life in a powerful new way. Spanning nearly two centuries, powerful themes capturing current societal trends reinforce the original Victorian message by Charles Dickens. Adapted and directed by Matthew Dunham with original music by Nate and Amy Jo Mattison, the 17 song and dance numbers, and cast of 70 adults and children help communicate the unforgettable story. We cannot help but be encouraged by the redemptive power of God as we witness Scrooge’s transformation.
Work began in January of 2017 when the novel was studied. New themes applicable to today emerged and fresh scenes began taking shape. Modernizing the show meant Ebenezer Scrooge’s childhood fell during the Korean War, when his father was drafted into the military, leaving him alone at school. Scrooge’s break-up with his fiancee, Belle, happens during the height of the Disco period and the turbulent 1970s. The small counting house is replaced with a more appropriate small business for a successful 21st century businessman, with a dozen overworked, under-insured employees. Today’s technology-obsessed, rampantly-busy era is summarized in a series of huge musical numbers at the top of the show. Scrooge’s upper-middle-class loft means little when his self-imposed isolation leaves him alone with his guilt. Scrooge is visited by the ghost of Marley, his deceased colleague who was work-obsessed, but in death learned the importance of generosity and compassion toward people. We each have moments in life that have the capacity to define our character. These moments, if not lost, are part of God’s bigger plan and the calling He has on each of our lives. The beautiful redemptive power of this story that it is never too late, and nobody is too far gone to respond to God’s voice saying, “Choose me.”
The original novel by Charles Dickens was published in 1843 when Christmas, as we know it, was first beginning to emerge with all of the gift giving, trees, parties and carols. Up until then, it had only been observed as a religious holiday. His book capitalized on this new emergence and ultimately cemented the secular holiday as we now know it. Today, it is just as important as it was then to have a glimpse of hope and a reminder of the importance of Christmas in this era of social division and technological revolution where we are more connected, yet simultaneously, more alone.
A MODERN MUSICAL – A theme verse for A Christmas Carol and the power of Ebenezer Scrooge’s transformation in keeping Christmas: “YOU DID NOT CHOOSE ME, BUT I CHOSE YOU AND APPOINTED YOU SO THAT YOU MIGHT GO AND BEAR FRUIT – FRUIT THAT WILL LAST – AND SO THAT WHATEVER YOU ASK IN MY NAME THE FATHER WILL GIVE YOU”.
– John 15:16 (NIV)
December 8 & 15 at 7:00 PM & December 9 & 16 at 2:00 PM
This is a musical, but whether or not you are musically gifted, there are many places for you and your entire family to get involved and create something spectacular together: acting, singing, dancing, set construction, costumes, hospitality, and production. Take a look at the list and see what fits you.
With a cast of 30 adults and 30 children this 2-hour and 15-minute presentation is staged in modern times with exciting flashback scenes to the 1950s and 1970s. We are in need of an army of volunteers who are passionate in a variety of areas. Let us know if there is an area in which you are particularly skilled. If you don’t know where you fit, but you want to help, let us know. Contact us at 701.232.0003 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will find the perfect place for you and your gifts!
Set Construction (construction, painting, welding, wiring, foam-carving)
Costumes (shopping, sewing, modifying, management)
Hair (working with wigs & hair styles from 1840, 1950, 1970, and 2016)
Props (shopping, building, painting, electrical)
Cast and Crew Hospitality (food & beverages for rehearsals)
Children’s Assistants (assisting children during rehearsals)
Stage Crew (scene changes)
Production (lights, sound, spotlight, video)
Marketing (local advertising, poster delivery)
Thank you for your interest. We have already cast this show and rehearsals are beginning. There are still many areas in which you and your family may get involved and help with the production.
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Thank you for your interest. The band has been established, and rehearsals are beginning. There are still many areas in which you and your family may get involved and help with the production.