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Dickens classic returns to NMSU Theatre, opening Nov. 18


Try to imagine the holidays without Tiny Tim, Ebeneezer Scrooge, Jacob Marley and the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come.

Come to New Mexico State University’s production of “A Christmas Carol” and you won’t have to.

Directed by community member Norman Lewis, who performed a one-man version of the play last year at Las Cruces Community Theatre, the NMSU production will have nine performances at the ASNMSU Center for the Arts’ Mark and Stephanie Medoff Theatre, 1000 E. University Ave.

“A Christmas Carol” opens with a preview performance at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17.

Regular performances are at 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Nov. 18-19 and 25-26 and Dec. 2-3; and 2 p.m. Sundays, Nov. 27 and Dec. 4.

Tickets for the Nov. 17 preview performance only are $10. Tickets for all other performances are $20 general admission, $18 for students with valid ID, $16 for senior citizens and military and $10 for under age 18 with valid ID.

“’A Christmas Carol’ is a story of redemption that continues to resonate to audiences almost 200 years after it was first published as a short novel,” Lewis said. “Although the original story has been adapted hundreds of times, including movie versions featuring a range of characters from the Muppets to Mickey Mouse to Dolly Parton, I've always loved the original and the magic of Dickens' original words. Working with my friend Robert McNamara, we have created a stage version in which every line is directly from the original, while using a story theatre technique to keep the story telling fluid and nimble. While not a musical, this play with music is considerably enhanced by a musical score of traditional Christmas music, beautifully arranged by NMSU professor Lisa Hermanson. A cast of more than a dozen NMSU students and community members bring this tale to life in a way that will fill every audience member from 9 to 90 with the Christmas spirit.”

Chloe Cappuccilli is the show’s costume and properties designer, Omar Ramos is lighting designer, Lewis is scenic coordination and projection designer, and Mike Wise is production stage manager.

For tickets and more information, visit https://theatre.nmsu.edu/. Click on “Performances & Events” and “2022-2023 Performance Season” and scroll down below the posters to the text for “A Christmas Carol.” Click on the “PURCHASE TICKETS HERE!” link.

Holiday shows coming up

Black Box Theatre, 430 N. Main St. downtown, will perform “Miss Bennet Christmas at Pemberley,” by Loren Gunderson and Margot Melcon, directed by Nikka Ziemer, Dec. 2-18. The show will have nine performances. Visit http://no-strings.org/.

 Las Cruces Community Theatre, 313 N. Main St. downtown, will perform “Elf, the Musical,” with music by Matthew Sklar, lyrics by Chad Beguelin and book by Bob Martin and Thomas Meehan, directed by Janet Beatty-Payne, Dec. 2-18. The show will have 10 performances; the Dec. 15 performance is already sold out. Visit www.lcctnm.org.

Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Main St. downtown, will show holiday movies Saturdays, Dec. 3: “A Christmas Story,” and Dec. 10: “A Christmas Carol”; Dec. 17: “A Doo-Wop Christmas,” Saturday, Dec. 17, is a live performance of holiday classics with a Las Cruces rock-and-roll group. Visit www.riograndetheatre.org.

NMSU Theatre Department, A Christmas Carol