A Community Carol
December 17, 2020 | 7:30 PM
A recorded version will be available through Monday, December 21 at 7:30 pm.
Inspired by Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol
Collectively created with our Hartford community
On a quiet winter’s night, the cast of Hartford Stage’s annual A Christmas Carol has Zoomed together to read the famous story in honor of what would have been the 23rd season. But, as the spine of the book cracks open, the cold wind sweeps in, the lights flicker, the Wi-Fi is unstable and the spirits that haunt its pages guide us on a journey through a story we thought we knew so well.
Hartford Stage presents A Community Carol, a virtual storytelling experience adapted and directed by Rachel Alderman and created in partnership with our beloved returning Christmas Carol cast members, local artists, Hartford neighbors and area theater students.
Community Candle Lighting
Join us before the show at 7 pm for a community candle lighting ceremony! (Please note: The commemorative Community Carol candle is sold out, but you can still join us with your own candle!)
Approximate Running Time
Recommended for the entire family!
Exclusive Presenting Sponsor:
We are so grateful for the artistic exploration and creative contribution of over 80 individuals to this new adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Many drafts and journeys helped us get to the creation of our final digital story.
Below are songs, videos and more for you to experience in their original format. Many of these have been incorporated into our final production, maybe existing as underscoring, a short burst of visual joy or a layered bit of holiday light.
Please enjoy everyone’s artistry! Maybe it will inspire you to make something of your own. If you do, be sure to share it with us @hartfordstage #communitycarol
Capital Community College and Hartt School Partnerships
Directing students at Capital Community College and acting students at the Hartt School spent time this autumn exploring themes, text and imagery present in A Christmas Carol. Many of their ideas, represented in videos here, informed creative decisions that were made in the building of our story and in the final edit of the virtual experience.
Capital Community College – Assignment Example: A one-minute composition inspired by a moment or a line in A Christmas Carol.
Youth Ensemble Christmas Songs and Carols
Each year our young artists are the primary carolers of A Christmas Carol. This year, while they couldn’t sing together, they still were able to lend their voices to our production.
Cast and Community Partners
As of 12/14/2020. Our community partners continue to grow!
A Christmas Carol Returning Ensemble
Vanessa R Butler*
Robert Hannon Davis*
Kenneth De Abrew*
Terrell Donnell Sledge*
With Performances by:
A Christmas Carol Youth Ensemble
The Hartt School
Capital Community College
Hartford Gay Men’s Chorus
Pedro Cirilo Coral
Marcelino Diaz Jr.
Marcelino Diaz III
The Very Rev. Migeulina Howell and Jorge Pallares of Christ Church Cathedral
Revs. Heather & Cathy Rion Starr of the Unitarian Society of Hartford
Rabbi Donna Berman of Charter Oak Cultural Center
Fred Thornley IV
Breakdancing Shakespeare Dancers:
Capital Community College Students:
The Hartt School Ensemble:
Emma McKeen, Jarrett Cordeiro
Eddie Cruz, Jr.
Jack Robert Harding
Christopher Andrew Rowe
Adapter and Director
Rasean Davonte Johnson
Alonzo L. Beckett of NE Video
*Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.