A CHRISTMAS CAROL
adapted by Kate Buckley
Clarence Brown Theatre, Knoxville, TN
Directed by Kate Buckley
Music Director: Terry D. Alford
Scenic Design: Katie Stepanek
Lighting Design: Travis Gaboda
Costume Design: Lauren T. Roark
Sound Design: Mike Ponder
Music Design: Tate E. Thompson
Projection Design: Joe Payne
Photos by Kaylin Gess
A Christmas Carol follows the transformation of Ebenezer Scrooge as he is visited by three spirits to bring him to the realization that common welfare should be everyone's business.
Our world of A Christmas Carol was much more intimate than previous versions produced by the Clarence Brown Theatre. The 10 actor ensemble carried the voice of and focused on the language of Charles Dickens. Our production relied on the ensemble to move the story forward with 90% of the language being taken from Dickens' classic novella.
For this production, I re-orchestrated period appropriate Christmas carols, chosen by the director and I, that had significant meaning to scenes or the overall story. The director was heavily drawn to evocative heart-tugging instrumentals, which mixed with the minimalistic scale of the production, led me to a string quartet. In order to re-orchestrate the carols, I created MIDI files then applied Native Instrument's Cremona Quartet.