DC METRO THEATRE ARTS BEST OF 2012 AWARD - Once Upon a Christmas Carol
This critically acclaimed musical adaptation of Charles Dicken's A CHRISTMAS CAROL, features Music and Lyrics by Diane El-Shafey, Accompaniment by Carma Jones and book adaptation by Meredith Bean McMath.
Last produced in 2012 at Franklin Park Arts Center, Purcellville, VA, this unique musical combines original music alongside traditional 19th century music, and dance and party scenes that include 19th c. parlor games and dance forms. Retaining every charming - and frightening - feature of Dicken's "little ghost story” with rich music that deepens the characters and storyline and keeps the audience on its toes and always wanting more.
“McMath, who adapted the classic Dickens novel for the stage, and Diane El-Shafey, who wrote the production’s original score, have surrounded Scrooge with all the teeming life that fills London... or anyplace with music — not just jingles that stick to the bottom of your shoe, but beautiful music that matters and makes sense."
- Mark Dewey, DC Metro Theatre Arts, 2012.
Note: McMath, El-Shafey and Jones produce adaptations only when there's a strong purpose - such as enabling modern audiences better access to the meaning of the original - and works with great respect for the original author's intent. Further information on adaptation can be found here.