Servant Stage will present ‘A Christmas Carol’

By on November 20, 2018

The original words of Charles Dickens will bring “A Christmas Carol” to life, as Servant Stage Company’s production tours the county through Dec. 23.

From the classic novella to George C. Scott’s iconic portrayal to the Muppets, Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” has been warming hearts and heralding the spirit of the Christmas season for generations.

Now being brought to life by Servant Stage Company, this holiday classic will be touring across Lancaster County for nearly 40 performances at local theatres, churches, retirement homes, and schools.

“It’s a timeless story for the whole family,” says Servant Stage artistic director, Wally Calderon. “Even 150 years after its writing, the heart of the story is still so compelling and a great reminder of the spirit of the season.”

The show is music directed by Johnathan Bauer and underscored by tasteful pairings of harp, cello, guitar, and penny whistle, played live at select performances by Emily Aziza and Tony Marini.

First produced by Servant Stage in 2015, this original adaptation is unique in that every word is taken from Dickens’ text, bringing the holiday classic to life through the collaborative storytelling of eight performers, all playing multiple roles. Dickens’ text is interspersed with portions of musical narration set to the tunes of classic Christmas carols with original lyrics by Jon Rider, also playing the part of Scrooge.

“Finding the way to say exactly what you want to say in the perfect meter and rhyme has always been a passion of mine,” says Rider. “And when it comes to finding a story worth telling, it doesn’t get much better than this!”

All performances are offered as pay-what-you-will, as part of Servant Stage’s mission to make great performances accessible to everyone in the community.

The show tours across Lancaster County now through Dec. 23. To reserve tickets or see the full list of performances and venues, you can visit or call 717-455-0255.

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