On November 24, Hedgerow Theatre kicks off its 25th annual Charles Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol,” the timeless story of the redemption of a man to his better self . “We choose to shut ourselves off from our humanity, and we can choose to embrace it,” said adaptor and director Jared Reed, who will stage the show with favorite Christmas carols, in Hedgerow’s 1840s grist mill theatre.
Dickens’ story was first published in London on December 19,1843 and the first edition sold out by Christmas Eve. “A Christmas Carol” tells the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, an old miser, who is visited by the ghost of his former business partner, Jacob Marley, and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come.
Dickens captured the zeitgeist of the mid-Victorian revival of the Christmas holiday. He influenced the modern Western observance of Christmas and inspired several aspects of Christmas, such as family gatherings, seasonal food and drink, dancing, games and a festive generosity of spirit.
“Hedgerow prides itself on telling great stories. We have been bringing people together to share in the power of an ensemble troupe of actors performing for an engaged audience since 1923. ‘A Christmas Carol is who ‘we strive to be all year round,” Reed said.
The first performance is Friday, Nov. 24, at 7:30 p.m. There will be Wednesday matinees on December 13 and 20, at 2 p.m., as well as special performances Monday, Dec. 18, Tuesday, Dec. 19, and Wednesday Dec. 20 at 7:30 p.m. The final performances is Dec. 24.
Adult ticket prices are $35, with a $3 discount for seniors. Tickets for those ages 30 and under, as well as for students, are $20. For groups of 10 or more, tickets are $18. Prices include all fees and are subject to change. For reservations or more info, call 610-565-4211 or visit www.HedgerowTheatre.org. Hedgerow Theatre is located at 64 Rose Valley Road in Rose Valley (near Media).