The annual production, based on the Charles Dickens story, features Milwaukee Rep's largest, most elaborate set.
If you’re planning on seeing the Milwaukee Rep’s A Christmas Carol this year, you may want to bundle up. This year’s adaptation promises to be more enchanting, interactive and technologically advanced than ever before, and indoor snow is just one of the surprises in store.
“Given this is the first new production in 15 years, with more than $1 million invested in it, [A Christmas Carol] is probably the biggest thing that’ll we do at the Rep in a decade,” says Chad Bauman, managing director at the Rep. The Dickens classic has played to more than 1.5 million people at the historic Pabst Theater over the course of 40 years.
The production will also feature new costumes for several characters, designed by Milwaukee-based Alexander B. Tecoma. New musical themes for key characters, created by local composer and Milwaukee Rep Associate Artist John Tanner, will add dramatic flair.
Milwaukee Rep Artistic Director Mark Clements both wrote and will direct this year’s version of the Dickens classic. Known for his productions of Cabaret, Dreamgirls and Ragtime, Clements hopes that by enhancing elements of the production that the audience loved and adding unexpected components, the new adaptation will “offer the most perfect shared experience,” he says.
Jonathan Wainwright, who played George in the Rep’s Of Mice and Men and Mr. Cratchit in last year’s A Christmas Carol production, will play Scrooge.