In honor of Sunday’s opening of “A Christmas Carol” at The Media Theatre and tomorrow night’s “Doctor Who” 50th Anniversary celebration, I’m bringing you something very special for this edition of I’m a fan Fridays!
A few years ago, the “Doctor Who Christmas Special” was an adaptation of my favorite holiday story. What a treat it was to have two of my favorite things mash-up together! You should treat yourself and find the entire episode this holiday season! Enjoy!
There’s a bit of anxiety inherent in what I do for a living.
I prepare for a significant amount of time to be able to put on costumes, get up in front of people (the more the better!) and pretend to be someone else (or multiple people, sometimes) for about an average of two hours at a stretch, depending on the job.
It’s the preparation time that gives me the anxiety, especially if it’s a one-person piece like my adaptation of “A Christmas Carol” which, coincidentally, I’m opening at The Media Theatre in Media, PA on Sunday evening.
When I get this close to an opening of a show, things get a little hairy, and I’m really no good to anyone. I don’t sleep well, so I disturb my wife; I sometimes completely forget about appointments even though I have them in my calendar, so I upset my friends, my kids, and people I do business with; and I sort of wander around, lost in thought like Norstadt in “The Man Without A Face.”
I also have weird dreams like the one I had this morning…
It’s this coming Sunday, and it’s less than a half an hour before curtain on the opening performance of “A Christmas Carol.” I’ve decided that I need to go out and get something I forgot that I desperately need for the show. The thing is, I’m not sure what I’ve forgotten, I’m not sure where I’m going, and I’m riding around town peddling my guts out on a tiny tricycle I don’t recognize. It’s not even my color. I should have a red tricycle and this thing’s blue!
So I’m peddling around when I get a call from the stage manager.
“Hi! Yes. What’s up?”
“Well, it’s time.”
“Time for what?”
“Time for the show to start. You need to go on. There are people here and they’re getting restless.”
“Oh, jeeze, right! Yes! Uh, okay, I’ll be right there!”
“Where are you?”
“I’m not exactly sure. But I’m on a tricycle, so I’ll be just a few minutes. I’m on my way!”
Philadelphia native and AEA actor, Scott Langdon, will perform his one-man interpretation of the original Charles Dickens masterpiece, “A Christmas Carol” on Saturdays and Sundays from November 24 – December 22, 2013, at the beautiful Media Theater in Media, PA.
This wonderful one-man production uses minimal set pieces, relying instead on Dickens’ text and Langdon’s ability to portray every character in the story. The actor brought the production to Princeton, NJ in 2009 and the East Brunswick Performing Arts Center in 2011, to great acclaim.
Langdon will play Scrooge, Fezziwig, Tiny Tim, the Three Ghosts and every other yuletide Dickensian character this Holiday season in an adaptation taken directly from Charles Dickens’ own cutting of his famous story.
Dickens, famous as an author, of course, was equally popular with audiences as a reader of his works on the stage. From 1867-68, Dickens brought his enormously successful reading tour to America. His favorite work to read, and far and away the one most adored by fans, was his little story called, “A Christmas Carol.” It was from this reading tour in that Langdon took inspiration for his interpretation of the story.
“Everyone from Jim Carrey to Patrick Stewart to The Muppets has had a go at delivering this timeless tale, yet it continues to be relevant even today. It gets to the heart and soul of the holidays,” says Langdon. “It has been a dream of mine for years to bring this to the stage and this unique adaptation will bring the story to life in a whole new way.”
Running Saturdays at 11:00am and Sundays at 7:00pm from November 24-December 22, 2013, tickets are a very family friendly $15 a piece for every show. This is a Holiday experience that no one in the family will want to miss! The Media Theatre is located at 104 State St. in Media, PA. The number to call for tickets is: (610) 891-0100.