Lit Moon Theatre presents
Humbug! A (Lit Moon) Christmas Carol
Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, December 18,19, and 20, at 7:30 p.m.
Westmont College’s Porter Theatre
Tickets are priced at $18 for adults, $12 for students/seniors. Get one FREE child’s ticket for every adult ticket purchased; additional children’s tickets (aged 6 to 12) are $8. Recommended for children aged 6 years and older.
“Where many productions of A Christmas Carol focus on spectacle, lavish costumes, and large cast scenes, our version evokes the story out of seemingly nothing,” says director Blondell. “With a few props, some lovingly made props and puppets, and a handful of actors who play many memorable characters.”
The five-person cast is comprised of Lit Moon company members including Nina Sallinen as Scrooge, Stanley Hoffman and Victoria Finlayson in roles they created in the original production, plus newcomers Paige Tautz, and Lauren White. Puppets, created by Jaco Connolly from brown paper bags, also are characters. Live music is composed and performed by James Connolly, costumes are by Olivia Warner, and lighting by Jonathan Hicks. Tickets here
Praised for its “marvelous actors” and “wonderful paper puppets,” Lit Moon Theatre Company’s imaginative take on Charles Dickens cautionary Christmas story, Humbug! A (Lit Moon) Christmas Carol, returns for three performances this holiday season. Last seen locally in 2009, the production is adapted by and directed by Lit Moon’s acclaimed Artistic Director John Blondell, and is performed in the company’s innovative, visual, image-oriented fashion. Five actors – and several puppets – bring more than 20 characters to life to a live musical score. As a gift to the community, children receive free admission with every paid adult ticket (see below) for these performances.
“The audience was thoroughly engaged by both humor and pathos,” raved the Santa Barbara Independent at Humbug’s debut. “Marvelous actors and their great enthusiasm…brought the story to life… A Christmas Carol retains its message of redemption when shown through a modern lens.”
“Humbug! is one of my favorite Lit Moon shows," adds Blondell. “Every word is Dickens. Rather than dramatize his material and turn it into a play, we have worked very hard to theatricalize his novel, and to use storytelling, music, acting, and puppets to bring his story to vivid, heartwarming life. A Christmas Carol is about the seemingly impossible, and we have worked hard to evoke the magical spirit of the season, and its effect on people’s lives.”
Lit Moon Theatre Company is a collective of theatre artists founded in Santa Barbara 1991. Long regarded as Santa Barbara’s most innovative theatre company, Lit Moon is recognized both here and abroad for its visual, image-oriented brand of theatre-making. To date, Lit Moon has produced more than 28 new original productions; eight artistic residencies with artists from 7 different European countries; 12 international theater festivals, which have presented over 60 productions from 13 different countries; and helped generate dozens of awards for its artists. The company's touring has taken them to Bulgaria, Scotland, Quebec, the Czech Republic, Poland, Montenegro, Macedonia, Albania, and most recently, China (in October 2014).