Scrooge! a squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching, covetous, old sinner! Hard and sharp as flint, from which no steel had ever struck out generous fire; secret, and self-contained, and solitary as an oyster. The cold within him froze his old features, nipped his pointed nose, shrivelled his cheek, stiffened his gait; made his eyes red, his thin lips blue; and spoke out shrewdly in his grating voice. A frosty rime was on his head, and on his eyebrows, and his wiry chin. He carried his own low temperature always about with him; he iced his office in the dog-days; and didnt thaw it one degree at Christmas.
Charles Dickens description of Scrooge in A Christmas Story, first published in 1843.
Livestream performances of the holiday classic A Christmas Carol, performed by the University of Idaho Department of Theatre Arts, start Friday.
The play is a fresh retelling of Ebenezer Scrooges self-reflective journey from miserly wretchedness to merry redemption. It was adapted for the stage by Kendra Phillips, a Master of Fine Arts candidate in theater, and is directed by Craig A. Miller. The family-friendly play includes fully realized costumes, lighting and sound and will be performed online via Zoom.
The production features Professor David Lee-Painter as Scrooge. Real-life husband and wife Daniel and Rebecca Haley will play Mr. and Mrs. Cratchit. The two met during a theater production, and their daughter, Cordelia, will play Tiny Tim.
Jennifer K. Bauer
IF YOU GO
WHAT: A Christmas Carol, livestreamed by the University of Idaho Department of Theatre Arts.
WHEN: 6 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Dec. 11-12 and 2 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and Dec. 13.
COST: $10 for individuals, $20 for families, free for UI students. All 2 p.m. performances are by donation.
Register for a 6 p.m. show at www.uidaho.edu/6pmchristmas.
Register for a 2 p.m. show at www.uidaho.edu/2pmchristmas.