Georgia Southern Graduate Brock D. Vickers returns to Statesboro, GA to perform Charles Dickens’ one man play of A Christmas Carol. See this brilliant spectacle of performance as Vickers plays everyone from Dickens’ to Scrooge to the Ghhost of Christmas Yet to come.
“I was first introduced to this play several years ago while working at Hedgerow Theatre Company in Pennsylvania. It’s magical. Dickens’ would travel around and perform his story for sold out houses from start to finish, and I started thinking, wow, I’d love to do that,” says Vickers.
A miserly old man named Ebenezer Scrooge sits in his counting-house on Christmas Eve with his clerk Bob Crachit. Later that evening, after returning to his dark, cold apartment, Scrooge receives a chilling visit from the ghost of his dead partner, Jacob Marley. Marley, looking haggard and pallid, relates his unfortunate story. Marley informs Scrooge that three spirits will visit him during each of the next three nights. After the wraith disappears, Scrooge collapses into a deep sleep.
“Dickens’ is such a vibrant storyteller that his language pops and sounds contemporary. When you read any of his work you realize how clever and witty he is. The amazing thing about the one man version is that you get to embody that language and play, not only Scrooge, but Dickens’ as he saw the miser.”
Scrooge wakes moments before the arrival of the Ghost of Christmas Past, a strange childlike phantom with a brightly glowing head. The spirit escorts Scrooge on a journey into the past to previous Christmases from the curmudgeon's earlier years. The Ghost of Christmas Present, a majestic giant clad in a green fur robe, takes Scrooge through London to unveil Christmas as it will happen that year.The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come leads Scrooge through a sequence of mysterious scenes relating to an unnamed man's recent death.
Dickens’ story was first published in London on December 19,1843 and the first edition sold out by Christmas Eve. Dickens captured the zeitgeist of the mid-Victorian revival of the Christmas holiday. He influenced the modern Western observance of Christmas and inspired several aspects of Christmas, such as family gatherings, seasonal food and drink, games and a festive generosity of spirit.