December 7, 1975 | Virginia Opera
A Christmas Carol
Composer:Thea Musgrave
Librettist:Thea Musgrave
Synopsis
Ebenezer Scrooge is an old and selfish man who derides the whole idea of Christmas. He is visited by the ghost of his deceased partner, Jacob Marley, who warns him that he has been granted one last chance to change his miserly and selfish life and recover from his past errors. The Spirit of Christmas will appear to him in three forms - the Past, the Present and the Future. It shows Scrooge events from his past and the miserable life of his employee Cratchit, whose son dies in poverty. Scrooge is also forced to confront his very own gravestone. Moved by what the Spirit has shown to him, Scrooge swears he will now honour the spirit of Christmas throughout the year. When dawn comes, he wakens euphorically and joins his nephew and family to celebrate.

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Virginia OperaA Christmas Carol11/9/2002 - 12/12/2002


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Approximate Runtime (hh:mm)
01:50

Number of Acts
2

Vocal & Musical Forces
2 Sopranos, Mezzo-soprano, Tenor, 2 Baritones, Bass Baritone, Actor, 3 Children, dancer 6 supers & optional children's chorus 1121/1000/2perc/pf.hp/str [or 2vn.va.vc.db]

Original Cast
Frederick Burchinal (Ebenezer Scrooge); Bob Besserer (Spirit of Christmas); Claudette Peterson (Caroller/Fan/Liza Fezziwig/Belinda Cratchit/Starving woman/Lucy); Kathryn Montgomery (Belle Fezziwig/Martha Cratchit/Laundress/Rosie); Carolyne James (Caroller/Mrs. Fezziwig/Mrs. Cratchit/Charwoman/Aunt Louise); Jerold Norman (Bob Cratchit/Mr. Dorrit/Man) with Snuff Box, Howard Bender as Fred/Ben/Man with Red Face, Robert Randolph as Portly Gentleman/Mr. Fezziwig/Fat Man/Topper, Howard Scammon as Marley’s Ghost/Mr. Gabriel Grubb/Joe/Great-Aunt Ermintrude, James Barlett as Tiny Tim, Mark Evans as Boy Scrooge/Waif, Penelope Mihalap as Paper Boy/Dick/An Orphan, Mary Seddon Brinkley as Caroller/Harriet Cratchit, Timothy Shaffer as Caroller/Peter Cratchit/Bertie, Mary Katherine Perry as Mollie Fezziwig/Waif/Vickie


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