“A Christmas Carol’ gets fresh look


Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” adapted by Tom Haas, returns to the Indiana Repertory Theatre this holiday season. The traditional holiday show, which began Nov. 16 and runs through Dec. 26, will feature additional carols and all-new costumes for the first time in more than 20 years.

The Victorian London costumes have been reimagined, redesigned and rebuilt by costume designer Linda Pisano and the IRT Costume Shop. Pisano, who designs for theater, dance and opera throughout the United States, was inspired by the original illustrations by John Leech. The costumes, with a special focus on the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future, will closely reflect Dickens’ era and character descriptions.

“Linda Pisano’s new costume designs are beautiful and her research and attention to detail lifts this important story in a magical way,” said IRT Associate Artistic Director Benjamin Hanna, who is directing the show. “Additionally, there will be new songs along with our favorite carols. All of these new investments of time and love to ‘A Christmas Carol’ come from our commitment to keeping the production fresh, accessible and relevant for our community each year.”

Returning for his 10th year as Ebenezer Scrooge is Ryan Artzberger. He will be joined by returning cast members Ashley Dillard, Jennifer Johansen, Rob Johansen, Aaron Kirby, Stephenie Soohyun Park and Milicent Wright, along with “A Christmas Carol” newcomers Elyakeem Avraham, Jesse Bhamrah, Ivy Moody, Emma Rosenthal and Scott Van Wye. The production also consists of two youth actor teams made up of five children each, who split performances throughout the run.