DePauw Theatre to present ‘A Christmas Carol’ online Saturday

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

DePauw Theatre will present the beloved tale of giving, ghosts and greed this holiday season with its upcoming production of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol: A Zoom Production,” adapted for radio-on-stage by Anthony E. Palermo.

This Christmas Eve classic follows Ebenezer Scrooge as he’s haunted by the ghosts of his past, present and future. It is a powerful story of redemption and compassion that has enchanted audiences for more than 150 years.

“A Christmas Carol” premieres this Saturday, December 5 at 7:30pm on

As the story of “A Christmas Carol” is centered around the importance of giving back to your community during the holiday season, DePauw Theatre has partnered with United Way of Putnam County to raise money for its Basic Needs Fund, which provides access to life-saving resources for families in crisis. During this turbulent year, it is especially important to support one another and strengthen the community.

As viewers stream the show, they are asked to consider donating to United Way of Putnam County via the link provided in the description box on YouTube or by texting GIVEHELP to 91999.

Even veteran student actors have found new experiences in preparing to present a virtual play.

“Acting through a screen was a new challenge, but being able to work with this cast and crew every day, even from a distance, was one of the best parts of this strange semester,” said Carson Mara ‘21, who portrays Ebenezer Scrooge.

Mara is no stranger to DePauw Theatre, yet this is his first virtual production.

“The many laughs we had while putting this show together will be something I remember for a long time,” Mara said. “I’m very proud of what we’ve done here, and I’m very happy that we had fun while doing it.”

“A Christmas Carol” is the second virtual production in DePauw Theatre’s 2020-21 season. As with the DePauw musical, director Susan Anthony decided to collaborate with the School of Music to add in carols throughout the performance.

“It was quite an adventure,” Anthony said. “We learned something new about video or audio capabilities at each rehearsal. As all of our rehearsals were virtual, many cast members have never met each other in person. However, they still managed to come together in an ensemble. Despite the challenges of this new form, the cast and crew of this unique production were enthusiastic and innovative. It was a pleasure to work with them.”

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  • Thank you DePauw for putting this online so we can enjoy this wonderful story and also remain safe from COVID.

    -- Posted by Queen53 on Tue, Dec 1, 2020, at 10:40 AM
  • Let it be known: Banner-Graphic is in censor mood as it removed my comment about Queen53. It did not violate the comments policy.

    -- Posted by donantonio on Tue, Dec 1, 2020, at 8:37 PM
  • Don Antonio: What kind of derogatory comment could you have made about what I posted. I am applauding DePauw for doing this and keeping the county safe from COVID. If you disagree with thanking DePauw and helping the COVID situation then there must be something wrong with you. Does anyone else see anything wrong with my comment?

    -- Posted by Queen53 on Wed, Dec 2, 2020, at 9:13 AM
  • @Queen53--If you must know I wrote that we needed to be safe from Queen53.

    -- Posted by donantonio on Wed, Dec 2, 2020, at 1:14 PM
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    Queen - He (DonAntonio) was / is just fishing hard for attention. Let's all acknowledge him so he doesn't feel left out.

    HI Don!!! Good to see you little buddy!! You doing okay? Hope you had a Good Thanksgiving and got lots of gravy on your mashed taters!!! See you soon!!

    -- Posted by RSOTS on Wed, Dec 2, 2020, at 1:47 PM
  • Wow. Just wow!

    -- Posted by beg on Wed, Dec 2, 2020, at 2:06 PM
  • All you people are crazy!!!

    -- Posted by donantonio on Wed, Dec 2, 2020, at 3:03 PM
  • Mine may or may not have been a response to your post.

    -- Posted by beg on Wed, Dec 2, 2020, at 6:04 PM
  • It doesn't matter beg but, if the shoe fits then wear it.

    -- Posted by donantonio on Wed, Dec 2, 2020, at 7:22 PM
  • "Everyone else but me is crazy" is a cry for help. Don, you and I have had our moments but I do hope you get some counseling.

    -- Posted by Ben Dover on Wed, Dec 2, 2020, at 8:04 PM
  • Don Antonio - "God is Great, the Beer is Good, and People are Crazy"!!! (Billy Currington)

    -- Posted by FactswithoutBS on Thu, Dec 3, 2020, at 5:24 AM
  • Don Antonio......Seriously, Don. Ben Dover hit the nail on the head. You definitely need some mental counseling. Something tells me you are one of those people who don't wear a mask and take no precautions from this virus. And why in the world would you be anti-Christmas? Maybe you need to have a private talk with the "man upstairs."

    -- Posted by Queen53 on Thu, Dec 3, 2020, at 9:26 AM
  • I withdraw my comment about you all being crazy.

    You all are insane.

    @Queen53--I had the virus in January and survived. I now have antibodies because I survived.

    Maybe I am the crazy one for reading all the nonsense BS I see on these posts written by many who do not know the difference between an opening in the earth and their own "seat of personality.

    -- Posted by donantonio on Thu, Dec 3, 2020, at 9:42 AM
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    Don Antonio - If I may offer some advice...

    Don't engage with pigs... you will just get muddy, and they will enjoy it.

    Her heinousness is suffering from COVID paranoid hysterics, will not accept anything other than that which confirms her fears, and has taken upon herself the mantel of the final arbiter of right/wrong. She is the Red Queen.

    SNOTS is simply a gadfly. Nothing more. In his mind: if he bites you, he wins; if he provokes you to action, he wins; if you swat him down, he will simply pretend it didnt happen and try again. He is singular of purpose and plan.

    Of course, there are others that appear from time to time as well...some bring reasoned thought and another perspective to consider, and some merely make us glad that people like this are not in our lives for real.

    I will applaud that the students and faculty are trying to do something special while being hamstrung by a government (and its fanatical supporters) who makes promises its cannot deliver (save the world from coronavirus) and imposes unconstitutional restrictions in the name of safety.

    -- Posted by dreadpirateroberts on Thu, Dec 3, 2020, at 11:17 AM
  • I stopped using Facebook years ago for people posting negative comments constantly.... I understand that we all have freedom of speech but come one you seriously have nothing better to do than bicker back and fourth about DePauw trying to have some kind of normal holiday??

    -- Posted by putcoresident84 on Thu, Dec 3, 2020, at 1:20 PM
  • Thank you DPR--I respect and appreciate your comments. I guess I was casting pearls before swine.

    -- Posted by donantonio on Thu, Dec 3, 2020, at 2:02 PM
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    This is a snapshot of where we are at as a people and a nation. You have a moron go on a public forum and state the only thing we need protected from is another person that doesn't share his views. Then plays the victim card that he is being attacked, everyone is crazy and nobody understands his vast mind. He's throwing pearls before swine. Wow it helps you understand how 75+ million people chose hate and ignorance.

    DPR - I love that you gave me a pet name!! It looks like we are finally taking the next step!! Be still my heart, flutter, flutter oh the butterflies!! Now as the old Kenny Rogers song says "I've never been this far before"! I'm so excited....

    -- Posted by RSOTS on Thu, Dec 3, 2020, at 4:16 PM
  • I know you are but what am I?

    -- Posted by techphcy on Thu, Dec 3, 2020, at 4:45 PM
  • RSOTS--Moron? It takes one to know one.

    -- Posted by donantonio on Sat, Dec 5, 2020, at 1:48 PM
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