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Thu, Dec. 05

‘A Christmas Carol’ as a musical

Don’t go “bah humbug,” the Yavapai College Performing Arts Department is putting on “A Christmas Carol – A New Musical,” with shows starting next week and going into the weekend.

Director and Yavapai College Dean of Arts and Humanities Dr. Craig Ralston said he’s seen the story told so many times when it came to putting it on, it was a question of which version to use. He decided on a musical because it presents a different dimension and brings in a different part of the community in terms of actors, singers and dancers, Ralston said.

“I looked at about four different versions of the musical and came up with this one,” he said. “It hasn’t been done very much, but it’s a newer score and it’s really delightful.”

Showtimes are at 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Dec. 13-15, and 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 15-16. Tickets start at $35 for adults and are $10 for those 18 and younger. A $4 service fee will be added to each ticket.

Those who come to see it will see the fully intact story of “A Christmas Carol” enhanced by music, Ralston said. One of the most powerful songs, he said, is Scrooge singing “On My Knees” at the end when he is brought to the reality of there being goodness within him that he squashed a long time ago. Ralston said he believes that Scrooge’s transformation is shown better in song than is captured in speech.

“Some of the songs are just beautiful and they bring a different aspect of the character and emotion into what’s happening in a different way,” he said.

Ralston spoke highly of his cast and added he believes it’s one of the strongest casts he’s worked with in his five years at Yavapai College because of their talent, ability level, commitment and the sound they’re producing vocally.

In all, “A Christmas Carol – A New Musical” brings the beloved story alive in a different way, Ralston said. Music is a powerful motivator, he added.

“The music aspect brings a bigger and deeper dimension to the story,” Ralston said. “I just think our community will be touched in a different way because it is a musical.”

All shows are at the Yavapai College Performing Arts Center, 1100 E. Sheldon St.

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