Community Arts Center presents ‘A Christmas Carol’

The Nebraska Theatre Caravan, the professional touring wing of the Omaha Community Playhouse, returns to Williamsport with its delightful stage production of Charles Dickens’ holiday classic, “A Christmas Carol,” playing 7 p.m. Dec. 4 at the Community Arts Center, 220 W. Fourth St.

This fully staged musical version of Charles Dickens’ classic tale has become a Yuletide tradition. The story was adapted for the stage by Charles Jones, former executive director of the Omaha Community Playhouse in Omaha, Nebraska, for a volunteer cast at the Playhouse in 1976.  John Bennett, musical director, and Joanne Cady, choreographer, added traditional Christmas carols into the narrative.

Nationally renown scenic designer James Othuse created the magical Victorian setting which has reminded countless audiences of an old-fashioned Currier and Ives print. A national booking agent saw the show and suggested a tour.

The Nebraska Theatre Caravan, the professional touring wing of the Omaha Community Playhouse, was more than ready for the task. Twenty-three performers, more than 100 costumes and a magnificent set struck out on that first tour of the Midwest in 1979.

That tour was such as success that subsequent years have seen two-to-three companies concurrently touring the country. Each company stays true to the Nebraska Theatre Caravan, A Christmas Carol. Today it is one of the most widely viewed productions of the Dickens tale in the nation, annually performing for over 100,000 people in over 60 cities across the country.

Call 570-326-2424 or visit www.caclive.com for more information.

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