By Sam Boykin | Photography by Lacy Camp
Posted: Friday, Nov. 30, 2012
With about 20 movie versions of A Christmas Carol and dozens of TV, radio and theater adaptations chances are youre well acquainted with Charles Dickens classic story about Ebeneezer Scrooge. But its unlikely youve ever seen anything like the over-the-top version playing at the Armour Street Theatre this month.
A production of the Davidson Community Players, the play (take a deep breath), The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomens Guild Dramatic Societys Production of A Christmas Carol, is about an inept but endearing group of ladies who attempt and fail to perform the Christmas classic, says director Matt Cosper of Charlotte.
The cast features five local actors who portray a dizzying lineup of characters who have to contend with an array of mishaps and misunderstandings. Its really a play within a play, says Cosper. Its great because its a welcome relief from all the usual Christmas stuff. Its irreverent and silly but still has a lot of heart.
During his career Cosper, 31, has worked at some of the regions most well-known theater companies, including Actors Theatre of Charlotte and Carolinas Actors Studio Theatre. He founded The Machine in 2009, a collection of artists who develop original performance pieces. This summer he directed The Tempest at The Green in uptown for Charlotte Shakespeare Festival.
This is Cospers first time working with Davidson Community Players, an award-winning theater company that draws more than 12,000 people in and around Lake Norman each year. The play also marks the debut of the theater companys new artistic director, Marla Brown, whos also director at the Warehouse in Cornelius.
This is just a wonderful production, she says of the play. The characters and situations are just so extreme and larger than life you cant help but have fun.
The Farndale Avenue A Christmas Carol
Nov. 29-Dec. 16
Armour Street Theatre, 307 Armour St., Davidson
Admission: adults $20, seniors $18, students $12