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adapted by Kate Buckley

Clarence Brown Theatre, Knoxville, TN

Directed by Kate Buckley

Music Director: Terry D. Alford

Voice, Text, and Dialect Coach: Katie Cunningham

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

Love Comes Down at ChristmasTate E. Thompson
00:00 / 00:33
I Heard the Bells on Christmas DayTate E. Thompson
00:00 / 00:40

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.

Arts Knoxville Review: Clarence Brown Theatre Returns To Dickens In A New ‘A Christmas Carol’

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