Dolly Parton’s Smoky Mountain Christmas Carol offers up a Merry Christmas to y’all
When : Nov. 18-Jan. 2, various times.
Where : Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage, 2750 Granville St.
Tickets and info : From $43 at artsclub.com
Since its publication in 1843, A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens has become a mainstay of the holiday season. The tale of Victorian-era miser and misanthrope Ebeneezer Scrooge facing personal ghosts to gain spiritual insight and compassion has been adapted time and time again over the past 177 years.
“I joke that I’ve played every role in A Christmas Carol save for Tiny Tim,” said Adams. “I’ve done live theatre versions, readings and the CBC used to do an annual radio version where they would take members of the community and actors and have them do a take, and I think I did that about seven years in a row. So I’ve done it many times, but I think this is one of the best versions because of how it brings out the fact that Scrooge isn’t just a mean old geezer, he’s a broken man due to his experiences.”
Leave it to a Dolly Parton version to paint Scrooge in a more human light than he often is.
Fans know that the singer is celebrated for her charity and diplomacy, so why should it be any different in a theatrical work? Director Garcia says the mash-up of both Dickens and Parton’s worlds brings out some of the elements of Dickens’ original that can get overlooked.