Charles Dickens’ immortal classic A Christmas Carol takes a delightful twist Dec. 1-3 in a customized adaption by Northwest Florida State College that combines vibrant song and dance along with drama, period costumes and narration to portray the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim, Bob Cratchit and the spirits of Christmas.
Included in the $25 ticket price are Victorian style desserts and beverages. New menu selections and new music enhance this year’s offering of the popular holiday event, which has expanded to offer four performances in the Sprint Theater of the college’s Mattie Kelly Arts Center.
A Christmas Carol: In Concert performances are at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 1 and 2, and at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3. Contact the Box Office at 850-729-6000 or purchase online at MattieKellyArtsCenter.org. Early purchase is strongly recommended, as the event has sold out the past several years.
More than 50 talented NWF State College vocalists, dancers and theater students appear in the production. Through select scenes taken from Dickens’ novella, the timeless tale of forgiveness and redemption unfolds in its entirety through song, dance and narration.
The cast includes Michael Brooks of Crestview as the adult Ebenezer Scrooge; Madison Anderson of Crestview, who appears throughout the production as the show’s narrator; Drew Hardy of Fort Walton Beach as Bob Cratchit, the long-suffering accountant at Scrooge’s business; and Emmalee Ferguson of Niceville as Tiny Tim. The young Ebenezer is played by Ken Jakob Angell of Niceville.
The famous ghosts of A Christmas Carol are portrayed by Joshua Birdsong of Destin, Alayshia Green of Fort Walton Beach, and Malinda Locke of Niceville. Alexis Guessford of Santa Rosa Beach plays Mrs. Cratchit, and the Cratchit children are played by Madison Smith of Niceville, Dakota Welborn of Fort Walton Beach, and Abigayle Ferguson of Niceville.
NWF State College faculty and staff direct the show, including director and choreographer Joseph Taylor, assistant director Anthony Borella, music director Allison Everitt, and Belle Voci director and pianist Lois Henry.
The menu for the event (served at intermission) includes baked brie and dried cherry tartlets, pomegranate and vanilla crème tartlets, hazelnut and fig tartlets, triple chocolate and orange mini cupcakes, gingerbread brownies, eggnog fudge, peppermint meringues, cranberry scones, pistachio goat cheese log, red velvet cake truffles, cranberry lime spritzer punch, gingerbread hot chocolate, regular coffee with assorted creamers, sweet and unsweet tea, and water.