A sweeping seasonal favorite for three years and counting, Studio Tenn Theatre Company’s contemporary re-imagining of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol will travel this year to Tennessee Performing Art Center’s James K. Polk Theater in downtown Nashville. Hand-picked as a special add-on to TPAC’s elite Broadway Series and Humanities Outreach Tennessee program, the production runs Dec. 12-22. Tickets are on sale now at StudioTenn.com.
At every performance Studio Tenn will be collecting non-perishable food items, coats, hats and gloves for local charities. Additionally, in partnership with the Humanities Outreach Tennessee (HOT) Programs for Schools, the run will also include performances for more than 7,000 area students.
“Engaging with the community to champion area charities as well as educating students is an important and integral part of our mission,” Managing Director Jake Speck says. “Several of our company members got their first taste of theatre as students, so we have experienced first-hand the significant impact that live theatre can have on the minds and ambitions of young people.”
Studio Tenn’s “A Christmas Carol” has enjoyed numerous sold-out performances in the 300-seat Franklin Theatre for the past two years. The Polk’s larger performance space provides expanded production possibilities. Artistic Director Matt Logan says he’s looking forward to make the show bigger in terms of scale and set, while maintaining the signature “steampunk, Victorian-Industrial-era look and feel” Studio Tenn has honed in past productions.
“The contemporary twist we have fashioned with the set, choreography and costuming has really resonated with our modern audience,” Logan explains. “It’s not only a visually interesting aesthetic to work with, but it fits so perfectly with the story of Scrooge, who is a portrait of the Industrialist ‘Robber Baron’, treating people as mere machines until his awakening to compassion and respect.”
Critically lauded actor Chip Arnold will again play Ebenezer Scrooge alongside several other returning cast members, including Matthew Carlton, Patrick Waller and Kim Bretton. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit StudioTenn.com or call the TPAC box office at (615) 782-4040.
*Photos by ANTHONYMATULA courtesy Studio Tenn.