Dickens' masterpiece translated to the 1980s for annual fundraiser

Friday November 30, 2012

WILMINGTON -- Imagine Charles Dickens wrote "A Christmas Carol" in the 1980s.

Scrooge would look like Rod Stewart and the songs would be from a catalog of musicians such as Pink Floyd and David Bowie.

"I wrote the bare bones of the script, since we were working with an amateur crew," said director of "Glam Rock Musical," John Langran. "A lot of the people had never been on stage before. So I kept it really loose and bare. It worked as a kind of frame work."

Students from the Twin Valley Middle School, with adults from the community, presented the musical and fashion show last Saturday that started at 4 p.m. It was an encore performance that was first done on Friday night, Nov. 23.

The event is an annual presentation to raise money for Twice Blessed and the Giving Tree. About 30 people were involved, from the fashion models to the choir.

This year, money was being raised for the Crosier family. Mike, the father who worked at Nido Oil in Wilmington, has brain cancer and has been going through treatment.

His daughter, Una, played a joke-telling penguin and a Christmas spirit. She also modeled some clothing and brought dogs onto the runway.

Songs included "Lust for Life" by Iggy Pop, "Changes" by David Bowie, "Time Warp" from the "Rocky Horror Picture Show" and "Money" by Pink Floyd. Music was also used from "Monty Python's Spamalot."

"Forget about your sin," Bob Cratchit, played by Tucker Boyd, sang to the audience at Memorial Hall. "Give the audience a grin."

The same cast of unforgettable characters, such as the ghost of Marley, made appearances, along with a band and chorus. Dickens was even there himself, narrating the classic tale with a new twist. There were also three tap-dancers and the three ghosts of past, present and future. Chad Bernard played Tiny Tim.

Although there were more people on Friday's showing, many came out to support the event early Saturday evening.

"Thanks for the great support, the many people in the community and the absolutely wonderful work Mary Jane and Ray Finnegan put in," Langran said. "And Mark Lowe who made the costumes and single handily made everything up on the stage."

Linnegan also thanked the Village Groomer, Jamie Sullivan. He had gotten all the dogs ready to participate in the fashion show that went on before the musical.

Langran and the band are playing to make a traveling troupe specializing in punk rock lounge music.

Donations are still being accepted through Twice Blessed on Route 100 between Wilmington and Dover.

Chris Mays can be reached at 802-254-2311, ext. 273, or cmays@reformer.com.


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