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 included not only to create a festive atmosphere, but also enhance plot points, create context and mirror characters’ emotional states.
When asked about her favorite carol in the production, Berman Eng says, “‘I Saw Three Ships’ is festive and fun, and echoes the joy of the season. Plus, it gets in your head!”
While Gertsen shares, “‘Dona Nobis Pacem’ has a beautiful melody, and I like the harmonization. I also like its message of peace, and because I grew up Catholic, it reminds me of my childhood.”
In the video below, learn more about how caroling became a tradition in England, how to give a proper “wassail” greeting and what connection Abraham Lincoln’s legacy has with Dickens’s messages of charity and benevolence.