Charles Dickens’ classic holiday tale “A Christmas Carol” has returned to Triad Stage with a cast and creative staff that includes many of UNCG’s own.
This year’s production is led by Director Sarah Hankins MFA ’16, now an adjunct faculty member at UNCG, and Musical Director Justin Cowan ’14, ’16 MM, who is pursuing a doctoral degree in conducting.
For Hankins, who served as assistant director to Director Bryan Conger ’11 MFA in last year’s show, having Cowan and seven other Spartans involved in the production has made her first Triad Stage directing job all the more special.
“We have similar artistic goals, and we’re all interested in digging deeper into this holiday story,” Hankins said. “It’s been great to have the love and support of so many people I know and have worked with in the past.”
Triad Stage’s adaption of “A Christmas Carol” is darker than the Dickens original. Beggar children serve as the voices that guide the audience through the story – resulting in what Hankins calls “a wild ride.”
“It’s a fast 90 minutes that will take your breath away,” she said. “At the end, you’ll wake up as if from a dream.”
The production’s creative team also includes student Annabel Brunk, Kelsey Hunt ’04 and Sara Ruth Tourek ’08 MFA. Alumni Jeff Aguiar ’01, Ben Baker ’16 MFA, Amy da Luz ’06 MFA and Laura Bess Jernigan ’16 MFA make up nearly one-fourth of the cast.
“A Christmas Carol” opened at the Hanesbrands Theatre in nearby Winston-Salem on Nov. 25 and will run through Dec. 24. For more information, visit triadstage.org.
To learn more about UNCG’s College of Visual and Performing Arts, visit vpa.uncg.edu.
Story by Alyssa Bedrosian, University Communications