'A Christmas Carol' to come alive in South Congregational Church

By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
South Glastonbury - posted Fri., Dec. 20, 2013
Dan Coyle (left), as Ebenezer Scrooge, and Devin, 6, as Tiny Tim, rehearse a scene from the classic, 'A Christmas Carol,' which will be performed at the South Glastonbury Congregational Church on Dec. 20, 21, 27 and 28. Photos by Steve Smith.
Dan Coyle (left), as Ebenezer Scrooge, and Devin, 6, as Tiny Tim, rehearse a scene from the classic, 'A Christmas Carol,' which will be performed at the South Glastonbury Congregational Church on Dec. 20, 21, 27 and 28. Photos by Steve Smith.

Back by popular demand, the South Glastonbury Congregational Church will again be home to a performance of Charles Dickens's "A Christmas Carol." Dan Coyle, a 40-plus-year theatre veteran, is directing the production and staring as the lead character of Ebenezer Scrooge.

While using the classic script, Coyle said the group is making the show more audience-friendly and making a few other adjustments to make the audience feel very much like they are in early Victorian-era Britain, and part of the show.

“The set itself surrounds the audience,” Coyle said, “so that the audience is almost part of the scenario. There will be different settings around the hall. We're going to try to get them involved in the whole thing.  It's not like a show that you're watching from outside the fourth wall. The actors will interact with the audience.”

Audience members will be kept on their toes, too, with scene changes resembling a tennis or boxing match, Coyle said.

“We keep the audience off balance, like a boxer does,” he said. “Something might start on one side of the stage, and then the next scene pops up on the other side. It's always moving like that, plus we have a few special effects that we'll be adding.”

The audience will be invited to take part in a carol sing with the cast members, just before the show starts.

At intermission, the audience will also play a musical game, and the winners will receive presents. During the show, the Ghost of Christmas Present will dole out gifts to the crowd.

“We hope people come, have a fun time, and get into the spirit of the season,” Coyle said.

Most of the cast members, who range in age from 6 to 86, are from Glastonbury, and some are from other area towns including Middletown and Vernon.

The show runs approximately 90 minutes.

"A Christmas Carol" will be performed Dec. 20, 21, 27 and 28 at the South Glastonbury Congregational Church, located at 949 Main St. The Carol Sing begins at 7:30 p.m., and the show begins at 8 p.m.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for seniors. Advance tickets are $8 and $6. For reservations or more information, call 860-933-3371.


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