Christmas in Riverton 2018
In 1989, in the sleepy little village of Riverton, Connecticut, a member of the community took Charles Dickens’ Christmas tale of Ebenezer Scrooge, and started a tradition that is still bringing Scrooge to the stage and to life every year.
“A Christmas Carol” was adapted for the local stage (the front of the Riverton Congregational Church) by New York Times Best Selling author, Don Winslow, and tickets were sold to community members, friends, families, and those lucky enough to hear about it through small town chatter.
The pulpit was moved from the front of the church, costumes were made by members of the church and the actors themselves, lines were memorized, Christmas songs were practiced, and a stage spot light was constructed from a 2x4 and a tin can.
The members of the town put on a performance to be remembered. I should know. I sat in the audience that year and fell deeply in love with the story of miserly old Ebenezer Scrooge and began to see Christmas in a slightly different light.
The play became a tradition for me, and for the town too, with the creation of “Christmas in Riverton.” You can catch a ride with Santa in a horse drawn carriage, and see an ice sculpting demonstration. There is a craft fair, holiday shopping, caroling, and a wine-tasting walking tour throughout the luminaire lit village. That magical weekend, men and women can be seen walking the quaint village in their Victorian dresses and top hats, and Scrooge is alive again on stage, being given the chance to “remember the Past, live in the Present, and strive for the Future.”
While the show’s set, the costumes, and even the lighting has been updated, the story has remained true. Every year, I wait excitedly, for the magic that seems to happen with the telling of the tale, and for the spirit of Christmas to awaken in me. Leaving the show in the Christmas spirit is part of the magic that I love. As is the tradition of leaving with a lovely carol on my lips, and small bag of Christmas cookies in my hand.
“A Christmas Carol” not only brings Christmas cheer to the hundreds of people who come to see it each year, but it also brings assistance to children and families in the area, by gifting the proceeds from ticket sales to the “Tiny Tim Fund,” a fund set up to help children and families in need.
If you are looking to add an extra bit of sparkle and cheer to your Christmas season this year, or to start a new and wonderful family tradition, we invite to join us for the Riverton Theatre’s 28th annual performance of “A Christmas Carol,” on stage, in Riverton.
Tickets can be purchased by calling 860/469-2100, or by visiting the Riverton General Store.
“A Christmas Carol” is part of Christmas in Riverton. Here is more information on that:
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