With yuletide tunes, beloved characters, and a time-worn lesson of love and loss, Charleston Stage’s A Christmas Carol, A Ghost Story of Christmas returns this month for its 18th season. But don’t expect to see a repeat performance from a previous year. Producing artistic director Julian Wiles keeps the show fresh by constantly incorporating new elements.
“For 2011, we’ve added never-heard numbers written by our in-house musical director, Amanda Wansa, to the familiar carols,” says Wiles. The special effects have also been elevated—literally—with characters floating and flying above the stage, for a look that’s “ghostly, but warm and moving at the same time,” he continues. Charleston Stage’s show may place extra focus on the haunting aspects of Dickens’ tale, but it ultimately delivers an undeniable dose of holiday cheer—a truly Lowcountry way to celebrate the season.
A Christmas Carol, A Ghost Story of Christmas is showing at the Dock Street Theatre, 135 Church Street, December 2-18. For tickets ($52-$22), call (843) 577-7183 or visit www.charlestonstage.com.