Posted by Bob Evans
Kansas City Repertory Theatre Moves
A Christmas Carol
Online for 40th Anniversary
40th Anniversary Virtual Performance Adapted by Artistic Director Stuart Carden
The Dickens holiday classic features the local talents of Walter Coppage, Gary Neal Johnson, John Rensenhouse, Vanessa Severo, and Bri Woods.
Kansas City Repertory Theatre Artistic Director Stuart Carden today announced the return of the beloved holiday classic, Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, adapted for filming by Stuart Carden and featuring performances by beloved Kansas City artists Walter Coppage, Gary Neal Johnson, John Rensenhouse, Vanessa Severo, and Bri Woods whom audiences will fondly remember from past productions.
As Charles Dickens’ himself spread holiday cheer with his dramatic readings of his beloved tale with tours of devoted fans in Europe and the United States, KCRep will now entertain audiences in a similar manner, with each actor bringing to vivid life a chapter of the holiday classic. This is not a recording of KCRep’s stage production of A Christmas Carol but a newly conceived presentation of the heartwarming holiday novel. Streams can currently be purchased by visiting www.KCRep.org.
Stuart Carden stated, “After my family and I experienced the joy of A Christmas Carol at KCRep I came to understand just how meaningful this holiday tradition is to our Kansas City community. And while our ability to share our traditional A Christmas Carol in our Spencer Theatre has been disrupted by the pandemic, all of us at KCRep were determined to find a way to share Ebenezer Scrooge’s story of redemptive joy with you this holiday season. We invite you to keep the tradition alive with a new and intimate storyteller approach to the classic novella. Gather family and friends (in your own homes) around a virtual fireplace to hear some of your favorite A Christmas Carol actors bring Charles Dickens’ timeless and moving story to vibrant life.”
Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol
Adapted for Film by KCRep Artistic Director Stuart Carden
40th Anniversary Digital Stream Performance
Recommended for audiences ages 4 and older
Join us in celebrating 40 years of holiday magic with KCRep! Kansas City’s beloved tradition returns in an exciting new format that blends the heart and soul of our spirited holiday classic with an innovative digital experience. Although we can’t be together in-person this year, we are bringing the celebration to the comfort of your very own living room! Snuggle up by the fireplace with family and friends, grab a warm blanket, a cup of cocoa and join Ebenezer Scrooge on his redemptive journey with Christmas Past, Present, and Future. Featuring an all-star Kansas City cast, our virtual performance of A Christmas Carol will kindle your Christmas spirit and create memories that will last for years to come.
Each stream is available for purchase for $65 and is intended for single-household use and nonrefundable. Once streams are available for viewing, you will receive an email that contains the link for viewing the prerecorded performance at your convenience. All that is needed for viewing is internet access and a phone, tablet, or computer. Hot cocoa optional, but highly recommended. For more information, call the Box Office, 816-235-2700, or visit www.KCRep.org.
About Kansas City Repertory Theatre
Kansas City Repertory Theatre, one of the nation’s oldest and most respected regional theaters, produces theatrical excellence, creating and sharing stories at the center of our nation’s creative crossroads. The Rep’s mission is to advance the art form while cultivating passionate audiences, artists, and advocates to invest in our region’s creative future. It builds community by connecting people through productions and outreach that educate, entertain, challenge, and inspire. Lauded by The Wall Street Journal, TIME, Variety, and The Toronto Sun, KCRep produces mainstage plays and special events at Spencer Theatre, where it serves as the professional theatre in residence at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and Copaken Stage located in downtown Kansas City. KCRep employs more than 250 professional artists, technicians, and administrators, and serves more than 100,000 patrons and 12,000 schoolchildren annually. To receive updates and news, like KCRep at www.facebook.com/KCREP, follow on Twitter (@KCRep) or Instagram (@KCRepTheatre) or YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/user/kansascityrep.