Video: Exploring the Music of “A Christmas Carol”

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Jennie Berman Eng and Cynthia Gertsen from the Ford’s Education staff, recently sat down to discuss the Ford’s adaptation of Charles Dickens’s 1843 novella, A Christmas Carol, and how it transforms the play with musical moments. In the video below, they explain the use of certain carols in the performance and how they are purposefully…

Video: “A Christmas Carol” in Rehearsal

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Written in just six short weeks during the autumn of 1843, Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol quickly gained popularity in his native England, and it has never been out of print since. In the more than 170 years since its first publication, dozens of film, radio, television and stage adaptations have been made of the…

The Many Faces of A Christmas Carol [Photos]

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A Christmas Carol has been presented for 35 years at Ford’s Theatre. Between all the actor photo calls, dress rehearsals, media performances and archival filming that I typically handle in my post as Associate Director of Communications and Marketing, I see each production four times during its time at Ford’s.

A Civil War Christmas

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John T. Ford first opened a theatre at the current Ford’s Theatre site in 1861, around the beginning of the Civil War. What was Christmas like during the bloodiest war in American history? The first Christmas of the Civil War was a sobering one for the American people. Both sides in the conflict had anticipated…

Designing a Ghost

In Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol, Ebenezer Scrooge is visited by four ghosts on Christmas Eve: Jacob Marley, and the spirits of Christmas Past, Present and Future. In his original text, Dickens describes each of these ghosts in great detail; each ghost has been re-imagined by generations of designers and illustrators for page, stage and…