A Christmas Carol

Nov 18 – Dec 29
Gilliam Stage at Barter Theatre

"The classic ghost story of Christmas."

A traditional adaptation by Richard Rose from the Charles Dickens Classic

The joy of the holiday season returns with this sparkling production, and a beloved and highly requested favorite of Barter patrons. Come and relive the sheer exhilaration of Ebenezer Scrooge’s ghost-guided look into his past, present and future. Witness his release from his small and selfish life to a life of giving, brotherhood and love. A spirited gift to treasure with family and friends, it guarantees you will leave wrapped in the warmth of the holiday spirit.

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Director's Notes

The Spirits of the Holiday

There is a reason that Charles Dickens’ holiday tale is read and performed year, after year, after year. And, no matter how many times you have read it, seen a movie of it, or seen it performed, the story still makes you laugh, cry and long to be a better human being. Regardless of how you celebrate your holiday, or what specific beliefs you hold, Charles Dickens’ gets you into the holiday mood.

Why? The answer is simple. Dickens is merely asking his audience to practice the basic tenet of almost all religious teachings worldwide; that is, give of what you have for all humanity, give generously, and give of yourself not just your material wealth. And, Dickens tells the story in the most entertaining of manners, in the form of a mystery—complete with apparitions, surprises and plot twists and turns. All the while, Dickens is really reminding us to be kind to the people we encounter everyday.

And we need reminding. In the wake of corporate greed and the news that everyday the rich get richer and the poor, poorer, we need to be reminded to do our share. To give. To give of our material wealth to those very much in need. To give of ourselves, unselfishly.

“I have endeavored in this Ghostly little book, to raise the Ghost of an Idea, which shall not put my readers out of humour with themselves, with each other, with the season, or with me. May it haunt their houses pleasantly, and no one wish to lay it. Their faithful Friend and Servant,”

–Charles Dickens, December 1843

May God bless us! Everyone!

Richard Rose

Adaptor and Director, A Christmas Carol

Cast & Credits


Scrooge: Sean Maximo Campo Carolers: Ensemble
Samuel Wilkins, A Poor Man: Zacchaeus Kimbrell Beggar Child: Emmitt George Breeding/Parker Gray*
Mr. Cratchit, A Clerk: David Alford Scrooge’s Nephew: Justin Tyler Lewis
Solicitors: Josh Levinson, Joseph Matthew Veale Jacob Marley: Nick Koesters
Ghost of Christmas Past: Tricia Matthews Child Ebenezer: Emmitt George Breeding/Parker Gray*
Fan, Ebenezer’s Sister: Ella Combs/Ava White* The Story of “Ali Baba:" Ensemble
Mr. Fezziwig: Zacchaeus Kimbrell Young Scrooge: Joseph Matthew Veale
Dick Wilkins: Josh Levinson Mrs. Fezziwig: Hannah Ingram
Belle: Annie Simpson Belle’s Husband: Josh Levinson
Ghost of Christmas Present: Josh Levinson The Gifts of Christmas Montage: Ensemble
Mrs. Cratchit: Carrie Smith Lewis Peter Cratchit: Ella Combs/Ava White
James Cratchit: Emmitt George Breeding/Parker Gray* Sarah Cratchit: Tillie Jane Sells/Olivia May Stevens*
Martha Cratchit: Annie Simpson Tiny Tim: Lucia Berg/Carly Rutherford*
Nephew’s Wife: Annie Simpson The Silly Sister: Hannah Ingram
Topper: Zacchaeus Kimbrell Ignorance: Emmitt George Breeding/Parker Gray*
Want: Tillie Jane Sells/Olivia May Stevens* Ghost of Christmas Future: Nick Koesters
Fat Business Man: Justin Tyler Lewis Thin Business Man: Josh Levinson
Elegant Business Man: Zacchaeus Kimbrell Red-Faced Business Man: David Alford
Old Joe: Justin Tyler Lewis Charwoman: Tricia Matthews
Mrs. Dilber: Hannah Ingram Undertaker: Josh Levinson
Caroline: Carrie Smith Lewis Michael: Joseph Matthew Veale
Boy in the Street: Emmitt George Breeding/Parker Gray* Butcher: Joseph Matthew Veale

Rehearsal Assistant Stage Manager: Victoria L. Sutton

*These actors perform in various rotations; please see actor lobby board for which actor is performing.


Director: Richard Rose
Choreographer: Amanda Aldridge
Music Coordinator: Zacchaeus Kimbrell
Set Designer: Derek Smith
Costume Designer: Amanda Aldridge
Wig & Makeup Designer: Whitney Kaibel
Lighting Designer: Andrew Morehouse
Sound Designer: Tony Angelini
Stage Manager: Kristy Goebel

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