Christmas Carol Continues Great Holiday Tradition, Dec. 8 – 18

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Studio Tenn Presents:
A Christmas Carol (Ages 6 and older)
The Franklin Theatre
419 Main St., Franklin
538-2076 • studiotenn.com
Show times: Thu – Fri 7 p.m., Sat – Sun 2 and 7 p.m.
Tickets: $45 – $55

The fabulous Studio Tenn continues its tradition of delivering top-quality, flawless theater with its second annual holiday production of the Charles Dickens’ classic, A Christmas Carol.

Once again, Artistic Director Matt Logan brings out the very best in his cast, and his innovative approach to staging creates a masterpiece of live theater that greatly honors the story being told.

Local favorite Chip Arnold reprises his role as Scrooge, and his portrayal is on mark from start to finish, perfectly capturing the metamorphic journey his character encounters. Masterfully, he takes Scrooge from a hard-hearted souless sort to a man who sees the importance of life and finally embraces the spirit of Christmas with childlike energy.

Superb casting is evident in this show. Everyone on stage hits the target, from the children — including 4-year-old Herbie Horrocks as Tiny Tim — to the adults, many of whom serve as narrators, propelling the storyline throughout the show, in which everything in Paula Y. Flautt’s adaptation is directly from Dickens’ book.

Particular cast nods go to Brian Webb Russell (Marley, Fezziwig, Topper, Old Joe), Brent Maddox (a delightful Bob Cratchit), Marykathryn Kopp (Ghost of Christmas Past/Martha) and Travis Brazil (Ghost of Christmas Present/Undertaker).

What adds even more flair to an already amazing production is the brilliant underscoring by a five-piece orchestra led by Nathan Burbank. The musical inclusion greatly enhances the drama to the nth degree.

Tickets are going fast for this production, and that’s no surprise: Studio Tenn’s A Christmas Carol is the best holiday show in town!

Chad Young is the managing editor and arts/entertainment editor for this publication.

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