- Published on Tuesday, 11 December 2012 16:32
For the sixth year, UTEP’s Department of Theatre and Dance will present A Christmas Carol, the celebrated play based on Charles Dickens’ timeless novel featuring Ebeneezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim, and ghostly visitors who teach what the season is truly about.
Members of the media are invited to attend a sneak peak dress rehearsal at 8 p.m. Dec. 12 or 13 in the Wise Family Theatre, on the second floor of the Fox Fine Arts Center.
Director Austin Savage is working hard to keep the show fresh and exciting for audience members of all ages, whether or not they’ve seen it before.
“I was fortunate enough to direct last year's production and the department was pleased with my work enough to allow me this second opportunity,” said Savage, who graduated from UTEP in 2009 with a degree in theater. “My goal is to build upon the work of my predecessors. Carlos Saldana, Nick Castanon, and Ross Fleming had already built a beautiful show that was the groundwork for my production last year. In 2011 I was able to place some nice details into the spirits and I was proud of the fact that I was able to find a student actor capable of playing Ebenezer Scrooge. This year, I'm keeping the additions from last year and looking to add some live music while exploring the character arcs of all the people that inhabit Scrooge's life.”
The play will be performed at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16; 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21; and 2:30 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22 at the Wise Family Theatre on the second floor of the Fox Fine Arts Center. Tickets are $12 for adults, $9 for UTEP students and children ages 3-12, and $10 for UTEP faculty/staff, seniors, military, alumni (with card), non-UTEP students, or groups of 10 or more. The cast includes Abel Garcia as Ebenezer Scrooge, Brian Ceely as Charles Dickens/Bob Cratchit, and Roland Esparza as Fred.
Barbara Evens, Daniel Rios, Ana Raga, and Allyson Borrego make up the directing/stage management crew; student designers are Yahaira Roman, Trent Ware, Zach Miles, Mark Sadler, Anessa Granado, and Nahtahnee Moreno. Set and costume design uses the same pieces created by Ross Fleming and Crystal Herman. “Their work is still beautiful after all these years,” Savage said.
For more information about A Christmas Carol, call the Department of Theatre and Dance at 915-747-6213 or visit http://theatredance.utep.edu/Site/Up_Coming_Shows.html.