CHARLES DICKENS’ A CHRISTMAS CAROL

adapted for the stage and originally directed by Rick Lombardo
original music by Anna Lackaff and Rick Lombardo
traditional music arranged by Anna Lackaff
original music and sound design by Rick Lombardo
Directed by Bridget Kathleen O'Leary
Musical Direction by Anna Lackaff
DEC 6 - 27/2009

New Repertory Theatre, in collaboration with arsenalArts and Watertown Children’s Theatre, revives its popular adaptation of Dickens’ classic holiday story, which has all the trimmings of a lavish Victorian Christmas. The production offers a feast for the senses, ranging from a pre-show caroling concert to luxurious period costumes, from singing and dancing – the performers accompany themselves on over a dozen different instruments – to ghosts that fly through the air and evaporate into the London fog. For audience members of all agesCharles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, now in its fifth year, is the perfect holiday celebration.

All wonderful… but what really lingers here is the wholeness of Lombardo’s vision: He treats the familiar story with respect but makes it unmistakably his own.
THE BOSTON GLOBE

Photo: The Cast of “Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol”. Photo by Andrew Brilliant/ Brilliant Pictures

Running Time: Approximately 2 hours, including intermission
Creative Team
Bridget Kathleen O’Leary, Director
Bridget Kathleen O’Leary

Director

BRIDGET KATHLEEN O’LEARY joined New Rep in 2008 where she serves as Associate Artistic Director. She has directed New Rep’s productions of Blackberry Winter, Scenes from an AdulteryMuckrakersPattern of Life, LungsFully CommittedCollected StoriesDollHouseboom, Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, and Fool for Love. Other directing credits include The Heidi Chronicles (Northeastern University), Othello (Actors’ Shakespeare Project), The Flick (Gloucester Stage Company), Reconsidering Hanna(h) and The Devil’s Teacup (Boston Playwrights’ Theatre); The Other Place (The Nora Theatre and Underground Railway Theater); Recent Tragic Events, and Aunt Dan and Lemon (Whistler in the Dark). In 2007, she assisted Artistic Director Wendy C. Goldberg at the National Playwrights’ Conference at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center and worked as an assistant on new plays by Rebecca Gilman and Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa. Before moving to Boston, Bridget worked in Washington, DC with the Olney Theatre Center, Theater Alliance, Cherry Red Productions, Charter Theater, Studio Theatre Second Stage, and Phoenix Theatre DC, of which she was a founding member. She is the Chair of the Literary Committee for the National New Play Network and a member of the New England New Play Alliance. Bridget received her MFA in directing at Boston University.

*member of Actors’ Equity Association, the union of professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States