The Hedgerow Theatre School’s Spring classes started over the weekend and are now in full swing. Hedgerow’s students began work on Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, reading one of the bard’s most well-known pieces, while the cast of Charlotte’s Web sang along together through the score of our youth class musical.
Despite the ghosts of Halloween still haunting the Hedgerow stage and the emptiness in our bellies not quite filled yet, rehearsals have begun for our 23rd annual, Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. At the helm of this years production is adapter and Artistic Director, Jared Reed. Reed’s stunning adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol in 2011 was a one-person tour-de-force that brought to life the original language of the beloved classic story. In this year’s full cast experience, Reed is staying true to Dickens’ timeless tale and reminding us to, “…keep Christmas in our hearts the whole year round.”
The story was first published in 1843, so Hedgerow’s 1840s’ built grist-mill theatre provides the perfect period-appropriate setting for the play, which features a large multi-generational cast and carols.
Dickens himself experience some of the inequities depicted in his tale. At the age of 12, he was sent to work in a factory after his father was sent to debtors’ prison. As an adult, he became involved in charities and social issues. He was inspired to write A Christmas Carol after visiting a “ragged school” in 1843, a school that offered free education to impoverished inner-city children named for the clothing they wore. According to Malcolm Andrews, editor of the Dickensian, journal of the Dickens Fellowship, Dickens originally thought of issuing a pamphlet, but chose to write “a holiday fable to highlight the callous indifference of the rich towards what should be their social responsibilities–the idea that we are all one family and should care for others.”
Because of the large number of performances, both in the evenings and during the day for school groups, there are teams of actors to accommodate their schedules and to allow them to play different parts to enhance their experience. Scrooge will be portrayed in all shows by Hedgerow veteran and perennial favorite Zoran Kovcic.
There are still a few dates available to book special performances for schools or other groups. To arrange a time, contact Group Sales Director Art Hunter at 610-565-4211.
Adult ticket prices for Friday, Saturday and Sunday shows are $34; Thursday shows are $32. There is a $3 discount for seniors; tickets for students with valid ID and children under 18 are $15. For groups of 10 or more, tickets are $18. Prices include all fees and are subject to change. For reservations, call 610-565-4211, or visit www.HedgerowTheatre.org.
Hedgerow Theatre is running a special this weekend only. Buy any regular priced ticket to Dracula, and receive a free Hedgerow Theatre T-shirt!
Hedgerow Theatre fellows Mark Josh Portera, Allison Bloechl, and Mark Swift discuss their work on Dracula.Each year Hedgerow Theatre takes recent college graduates and early career theatre artists and gives them a place to play. Enjoy this inside look into Dracula and Hedgerow Theatre.
John Lopes, aka Dr. Sweard, discusses the impact of Dracula on our culture and the joy it is to bring these classic characters to life on the Hedgerow stage. Dracula is sold out for opening night, but you can still get tickets to Sunday’s matinee!