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Local actors get stuck into rehearsals of ‘A Christmas Carol’ at Cornerstone Didcot.

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Local actors get stuck into rehearsals of ‘A Christmas Carol’ at Cornerstone Didcot.
Local actors get stuck into rehearsals of ‘A Christmas Carol’ at Cornerstone Didcot.

Following a successful auditioning process of young actors from the local area, rehearsals are underway for the production of ‘A Christmas Carol’, which starts in December at Cornerstone Arts Centre in Didcot.

The successful auditionees have been split into two teams for the production, which starts on 17 December. The teams are aptly named ‘Team Marley’ and ‘Team Scrooge’, and they will take turns performing throughout the run.

These talented children will act as the heart and soul of this production, playing everything from playful (and quite cheeky) Victorian children who won’t go to bed to puppeteers and starring alongside the professional company Smoking Apples, completing this Christmas production.

‘A Christmas Carol’ is a timeless story, and award-winning visual theatre company, Smoking Apples, have worked its magic in reinventing it into something unique whilst still maintaining the story’s original spirit and charm.


A Christmas Carol at Cornerstone Didcot

The cast invites audiences to join Mr Scrooge as he travels through time to learn the true meaning of Christmas with the help of magical spirits, Bob Crachit and Tiny Tim. Integrating heart-warming storytelling and spellbinding puppetry to create a festive experience like never before.

Hattie Thomas, Co-Artistic Director of Smoking Apples Theatre, said: “Now that rehearsals have begun, we’re even more excited for people to come to Didcot to see this show. 

The cast of local young people and professional actors gives the show a special Christmassy spirit and warmth, and it’s hugely exciting to see that coming together. This is ‘A Christmas Carol’ but with an extra sparkle of magic that I believe everyone will enjoy.”

Councillor Maggie Filipova-Rivers, Cabinet Member for Community Wellbeing at South Oxfordshire District Council, said: “It is a pleasure to see local young people taking part in this show. 

“I think everyone coming to see it will get into the Christmas spirit. You certainly won’t feel bah-humbug when you leave.”

The production runs from Saturday 17 to Saturday 24 December. Ticket prices are £16.00 for a standard ticket, £14.50 for concessions and £52.00 for a family ticket of four.

See the event listing to find out more. To book tickets visit cornerstone-arts.org or call the box office on 01235 515144.



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