Classical Theatre Of Harlem Presents Stream of A CHRISTMAS CAROL IN HARLEM Through Jan. 3

The Classical Theatre of Harlem is presenting a free, online stream of A Christmas Carol in Harlem, as recorded live last year, based on the timeless work by Charles Dickens. A Christmas Carol in Harlem is adapted by Shawn René Graham, directed by Carl Cofield and choreographed by Tiffany Rea-Fisher with music directed and composed by Kahlil X Daniel.

A CHRISTMAS CAROL IN HARLEM. Photo by Jill Jones

Set in present day Harlem, this holiday treasure is dramatized with CTH’s signature style of infusing classic works with an uptown flair. A Christmas Carol in Harlem places Ebenezer Scrooge as a real estate mogul who has made his fortune at the expense of others. Scrooge foregoes using his wealth to affect positive change within his Harlem community and instead lives a life of miserly solitude. That is, until three unexpected visitors arrive on Christmas Eve to show him that the value of family and the impact of cooperation will lead to a healthy, thriving and prosperous community.

A Christmas Carol in Harlem touches on the issues that are affecting so many New Yorkers today such as gentrification and social inequality, but infuses it with humor and hope. CTH reinvigorates this timeless tale to remind us that taking the time to be sensitive and mindful is key to celebrating our shared humanity. CTH veteran, Charles Bernard Murray, leads the cast as Ebenezer Scrooge.

Recommended for all ages.

The company of A Christmas Carol in Harlem includes: Charles Bernard Murray as Scrooge (The Bacchae, Dreamgirls), Steve Greenstein as Jacob Marley (“POSE,” “Iron Fist,” Guys and Dolls), Eryn Barnes as The Ghost of Christmas Past (For Colored Girls who Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf), Andrei Pierre as The Ghost of Christmas Present (The Bacchae), Kahlil X Daniel as The Ghost of Christmas Future, Jeffrey Rashad as Bob Cratchit, Ure Egbuho as Sierra Jones (The Fre), Gabrielle Djenné as Fan and Belle (The Snowy Day), Kenzie Ross as Mrs. Cratchit (CONFEDERATES, Blood at the Root, When We Left), Angela Polite as Clock Shop Lady (MARY SPEAKS, Flambeaux), Daniel Echevarria as Fezz (In The Heights, Something like a Fairytale, The Open Gate), Paula Galloway as Claudette (The Colored Museum, Ain’t Misbehavin’), Emery Jones as Tiny Timothia, Reed Harris Butts as Bennie, and Kaden Jones as Tommy/Young Ebenezer. The ensemble features dancers from Elisa Monte Dance.

“Shawn René Graham has taken Dickens’ classic to show how a community is healed, one family at a time and exemplifies how ordinary people can do extraordinary things to help one another receive the gift of love at Christmas time,” says Ty Jones, Producing Artistic Director of The Classical Theatre of Harlem. “This timeless tale takes on a special meaning after the year that we have all had, and we are thrilled to be providing this production free of charge to the public to help lift spirits in time for the holidays.”

The creative includes Set Design by Izmir Ickbal, Lighting Design by Alan C. Edwards, Costume Design by Lex Liang/Margaret Goldrainer, Props Designby  Samantha Shoffner/Sean Sanford, Sound Design by Kathy Ruvuna, Projection Design by Maxwell Bowman/Christine Franzen and Dance Captain Ashley LaRosa.

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