Why Everyone's Carol?
A story of hope for everyone. Today. One that crosses cultures, oceans, borders, the street.
Why show me this, if I am past all hope?
A single candle burns for it. A long, low violin calls out for it. A small boy cries out for it.
Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol has been telling the timeless tale of promise for one last chance, one more opportunity to make the wrong right for 173 years.
Why aren’t we tired of it? Because we all need it, want it. Hope. Everyone.
Everyone’s Carol is just that. This story revisited for all who will listen. A focus on the original text, told in a timeless manner for our present-day, bringing Dickens to the world, now, and see what it can reveal to us anew.
LET US SET THE SCENE…
A bare, dark stage, hard-back copies of A Christmas Carol, mis-matched chairs, snow illuminated by a spotlight, an acapella voice pierces the air and dances with a lonely violin, memory, a candle, carpet bags and vintage cases, the clothes on our backs, truth, heart, magic. Ours is a simple adaptation of the ‘ghostly little book’. We have gone back to the text, using only Dickens’ words to tell the timeless classic of hope and redemption. We create a space for it to tell itself, stewarding it to the next place, and to the hearts of all who hear it. This project began 6 years ago in a living room Harlem and has now performed to sold out houses around the globe as well as major cultural institutions, including the Charles Dickens Museum in London on Christmas Eve!
Every aspect is crafted carefully by hand and heart. A bespoke, diverse, stripped down, full of grit and truth, to speak to the world and offer an opportunity to share in a moment, just one. So far, we have been contacted by 39 countries who want to tell this story with us. The educational arm of the project, that reaches out to institutions who don’t have the opportunity to share Dickens with their students, has been recognized and sponsored by Macy’s.
This is not just our story, it is Dickens', it is the world's, it is yours. Your story, your Carol, Everyone’s Carol. Our vision was not just to create a show, it was to do something extraordinary.
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