The School of Theatre celebrated the holiday season with Ebenezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim, and the spirits of Christmas Past, Present, and Future at the Annual Benefit Concert, a musical adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic – A Christmas Carol. The concert took place on Saturday, December 16th in the Fallon Theatre. The concert featured students and was directed by Music Theatre alum, Jay Jaski with music direction by Gayle Seaton. The evening ended with a festive celebration on the Fallon Stage with patrons, cast, and crew.
Director, Jay Jaski, shares his thoughts on this production saying, “Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is an unapologetic piece of redemptive prose that depicts in vivid color the responsibility that we all share, namely: to help others live their best life. For as Jacob Marley, Scrooge’s companion in life and savior in death, might put it: the only “business” that truly matters is “humanity.” If nothing else, we hope that this “ghost story of Christmas” inspires each and every one of us to leave the theater bursting with the joy and charity of the season, boldly determined to go out and make a lasting difference in our own community. For ‘it was always said of him, that he knew how to keep Christmas well….May that be truly said of us, and all of us!’”
On its 11th year, the Benefit Concert raises money to support our students and programs that continue to enhance the School of Theatre’s position as one of the country’s top theatre training programs. Previous concerts have featured students and alums and have included such titles as Carousel, South Pacific, The Fantasticks, The Man of La Mancha, and many others.