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Raising a little Dickens in Demorest

Piedmont theater to perform classic, ‘A Christmas Carol’

POSTED: November 17, 2011 12:20 a.m.
/For Get Out

Peter Davis, left, as Ebenezer Scrooge is in the grasp of the ghost of his old partner Marley, played by Patrick Rose, in the Piedmont College production of 'A Christmas Carol' opening tonight in Demorest.

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The Charles Dickens classic holiday novel, "A Christmas Carol," is coming to life at Piedmont College.

Under the direction of Bill Gabelhausen, the play will immerse audience members in Victorian England, where mean-spirited Ebenezer Scrooge finds his Christmas spirit.

Scrooge, the ghost of Jacob Marley, the three Christmas ghosts, Tiny Tim and the Cratchit family take the stage at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 17-19 and 2 p.m. Nov. 20  on the Swanson Center Mainstage Theater.

Gabelhausen has taken this play and turned it into an educational experience for the department and students. He said there will be some technical and set movements that have not used in the theater before.

"As a director and educator, I live to do things like this," said Gabelhausen. "I want to give them material that is new and forces them to be creative."

This will be the last performance for Piedmont senior Natalie Dana, who will be playing Mrs. Cratchit.

"This play is a good family classic that people see in movies and read in books," said Dana. "With this play they can see the characters come alive on stage."

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. Piedmont faculty, staff, and students are admitted free. Make reservations by calling 706-778-3000 ext. 1355 or online.


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