A Favorite From Christmas Past

Cardinal Stage Company brings a new adaptation of Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" to the Buskirk Chumley Theater this holiday season.

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Back left to right Adrian Cox-Thurmond, Lauren Bauman, Zoe Reed Front left to right Nathaniel Cox-Thurmond, Riley Paulin

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A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

Adapted for the stage by Karen Louise Hebden, directed by Randy White, and performed by the Cardinal Stage Company.


Buskirk-Chumley Theater

December 17-26, 2010

Cardinal Stage Company brings a new adaptation of Dickens A Christmas Carol to Bloomington’s Buskirk-Chumley Theater this holiday season. Artistic Director Randy White was taken with Karen Louise Hebden’s new adaptation. He describes her work as one that “visualizes the episodes with clarity and unprecedented faithfulness to Dickens’ original.”

A Storytelling Approach

Rick Peeples left the frigid temperatures of Chicago for the now only slightly less chilly ways and byways of Bloomington to play Ebenezer Scrooge. “It’s a great role, one that actually I’ve been asked about a few times before, but never took. Currently I’m really happy that I took it. Scrooge is a great character.”

Hebden’s adaptation is written in a storytelling style. Actors step in and out of character to narrate the tale.

“We’re able to incorporate some nice little subtle bits, and a few more characters than you usually see. Actually, this lets us put in a bit more of the humor than you usually get.” Peeples, though, never steps out of the character of Scrooge.

A Young Man In The Story

Eight year old Nathaniel Cox-Thurmond plays the Cratchit family’s Tiny Tim. “It’s actually my first stage role. There’s a fair amount of dialog, but really it seems that an awful lot of what I do is singing.” Nathaniel’s older brother, twelve year old Adrian Thurmond is also in A Christmas Carol. “He plays an older kid, and he’s actually helped me with my part.”

George Walker

George Walker was born in Winchester, Virginia, and raised in Owl’s Head, Maine, and Valhalla, New York. After graduating from the University of Michigan, he came to Bloomington in 1966 and completed an M.A.T. degree in English at Indiana University. George began announcing for WFIU in 1967. Currently, along with regularly hosting classical music shows, he interviews artists in a wide variety of areas and reviews plays and operas. He’s the proud father of grown sons Ben Walker (and his wife Elise Katzif Walker) and Aaron Walker. In his time away from WFIU, George enjoys an active life with wife Carolyn Lipson-Walker, singing, reading, exercising and playing guitar.

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