A Christmas Carol to begin 38th seasonal run at KC Repertory Theater

Jim Cunningham
November 15, 2018 - 6:39 am

Kansas City Repertory Theater


A holiday tradition begins its six-week run on Friday as the Kansas City Repertory Theater presents Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol.

Mark Robbins portrays Charles Dickens, narrating the story of Ebenezer Scrooge and the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come. Gary Neal Johnson returns as Scrooge.

Marissa Wolf is in her first season directing the classic production for KC Rep.

"I did direct A Christmas Carol many years ago, a university production, back in California," Wolf said. "I kind of did a deep dive into Dickens' writing and his work -- it's really fun to reconnect to it."

The show's cast includes 20 adults and 24 children.

"Because there's up to 10 shows a week, that's too much for any one kid to do, so the kids split the week, four or five shows each," Wolf said.

KC Rep is putting on A Christmas Carol for the 38th year. They have worked hard to keep the play alive relevant and fresh, Wolf said. More music is being added to this year's production.

"There's a lot of rich Dickensian language in it, so it's really true to Dickens' actual text, which is very imagistic, muscular, poetic," Wolf said. "We're also imbuing it with a lot of humor."

A Christmas Carol runs through Dec. 30 at Spencer Theatre on the UMKC campus. Forty-seven performances are scheduled. 

Plenty of tickets are available.

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