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Loyola theatre begins holidays with staged adaptation of 'A Christmas Carol'

Loyola press release - October 23, 2009

To kick off the holiday season, the Loyola University New Orleans Department of Theatre Arts and Dance will present a modern version of the Victorian gothic production of “A Christmas Carol,” adapted by Neil Bartlett, which honors Dickens’ original language. Loyola Theatre will also collaborate with Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana during select performances to fight hunger.

“A Christmas Carol” will run Nov. 6, 7, 12, 13, and 14, at 7 p.m., and Nov. 8, at 2 p.m., in Marquette Theatre, located on the second floor and accessible from the outdoor stairway of Loyola’s Marquette Hall. The performances on Sunday, Nov. 8 and Thursday, Nov. 12, will be Loyola Theatre’s Second Harvest Donation Days.

For walk-up ticket sales only, any Loyola student, faculty or staff member who brings an approved canned good will receive a $2 discount on the original ticket price, and Loyola will donate an additional $2 per sale to Second Harvest. This offer is redeemable for one canned good per ticket, no additional discounts will be given to those who bring more than one canned good.

Tickets are $12 for general admission and $8 for students, seniors, children and Loyola faculty and staff. Tickets can be purchased online at www.montage.loyno.edu or by calling the Loyola Box Office at 504-865-2074. Tickets will also be available at the door 30 minutes prior to the performance while quantities last.

In this production, director Artemis Preeshl examines how societal addiction to technology can render one isolated from direct human contact.

“This fast-paced production features a vivacious and chameleon-like cast that cleverly morphs from one character to another,” said Preeshl. “The cast animates not only the characters, but also the environment and objects.”

Bartlett’s adaptation of “A Christmas Carol” is the only published version of the play to exclusively use Dickens’ original language. In the play’s introduction, Bartlett explains why this adaptation is unique.

“The first decision I took when making this piece was to do this great story without the sentimental upholstery that drags our ideas of the Dickensian down into theatrical cliché,” said Bartlett. “I wanted to do it using Dickens’ words and nothing but.”

“It is full of the warmth of families together cultivating divine virtues of faith, hope and charity,” said Preeshl. “Yes, it is a classic Christmas story, but it is also a ghost story. It is, more than ever, about the value of love and human connection.”

For more information, contact Sean Snyder in Loyola’s Office of Public Affairs at smsnyder@loyno.edu or call 504-861-5882.