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Totem Pole Playhouse, in association with Gettysburg Community Theatre, will once again bring its original adaptation of the Charles Dickens’ holiday classic A Christmas Carol to the stage of Gettysburg College’s Majestic Theater this December 8-17. This year’s production boasts an even larger cast of over 60 professional union, non-union, and local community actors, making it by far the largest production in Central Pennsylvania.

A Christmas Carol is an original adaptation by Totem Pole Playhouse Producing Artistic Director Rowan Joseph, who directs the show. Much of the text and dialogue is preserved verbatim from the original novel by Charles Dickens, restoring many of the Christian references left out of other versions. “One of the aspects that sets this production apart from others is that we’ve added back into the text of the play Dickens’ original focus on the birth of the baby Jesus and Christian charity as the dominate theme of Scrooge’s redemptive journey. Most other modern adaptations tend to secularize these passages from the story, placing it in the same category as stories of Rudolph or Frosty,” Joseph said, “but that’s not where it belongs. To quote Stephen Skelton, author of the book, A Christmas Carol: Special Church Edition, ‘In the first place, with Charles Dickens, you’re dealing with a self-proclaimed Christian author.  And in the second place, he has infused his story with Christian meaning.  After all, Dickens is the writer who said, ‘I have always striven in my writings to express the veneration for the life and lessons of our Savior.’”


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