Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Lyric Theatre moves its 'Christmas Carol' outside to OKC's historic Harn Homestead
Lyric Theatre is taking its popular holiday production of "A Christmas Carol" outside in light of the coronavirus pandemic.
The venerable theater will celebrate the 10th anniversary of its production of the beloved Charles Dickens tale this fall with a new outdoor production, whisking audiences away to a magical holiday village nestled in the heart of Oklahoma City.
The historic Harn Homestead, 1721 N Lincoln Blvd., will be reimagined as the Victorian Era setting for Ebenezer Scrooge, Jacob Marley, Christmas ghosts and the rest of Dickens' unforgettable characters.
Patrons literally will follow the timeless tale of transformation and redemption as they are guided from scene to scene at the homestead, according to a news release.
Performances of Lyric’s "A Christmas Carol" are scheduled for Nov. 4 through Dec. 30, presented by Devon Energy.
A subscriber pre-sale begins today, and tickets go on sale to the public Friday. For tickets, go to www.LyricTheatreOKC.org or call 524-9312.
“Now more than ever, we all need to feel the joy and hope that Dickens’ 'A Christmas Carol' so perfectly presents. Oklahoma’s beloved holiday tradition has been reimagined to bring this magical tale to life in an all new, socially safe theatrical event sure to thrill audiences of all ages. Co-director Ashley Wells and I have brought artists together to create a 360-degree holiday experience that sparks the true spirit of the holidays through timeless storytelling, joyous music, beautifully decorated trees and dazzling costumes in a most unique panoramic setting,” said Lyric Producing Artistic Director Michael Baron in a statement.
“Expect surprises around every corner at the Harn Homestead where Dickens’ story unfolds at Scrooge’s office, Jacob Marley’s house, the magical grove of The Ghost of Christmas Past, Fezziwig’s party at the barn, the torch-filled graveyard of The Ghost of Christmas Future, and so many more reveals along the way – all while being social distanced comfortably with family and friends.”
This year, the nonprofit theater's production of "A Christmas Carol" will feature two rotating casts, featuring Lyric favorites Jonathan Beck Reed and W. Jerome Stevenson as the fabled miser. Other returning cast members include Matthew Alvin Brown, Andi Dema, Mat Govich, Brenda Williams, Stephen Hilton, Charlie Monnot, Susan Riley, Jennifer Teel, and Lexi Windsor.
The production also will feature two rotating casts of four children each, according to the news release.
The show will be co-directed by Baron and Lyric Associate Artistic Director Ashley Wells, who will also choreograph. The artistic team includes music direction by Brian T. Hamilton, lighting design by Fabian J. Garcia, set design by Adam Koch, costume design by Jeffrey Meek, sound design by Brad Poarch, and props design by Courtney Strong.
Continuing Lyric's holiday tradition, audiences will be invited to contribute to the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma following each performance. During the past nine years, Lyric Theatre patrons have donated more than $178,000 to help feed thousands of Oklahomans in need.
Net proceeds from this event benefit Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma and its educational programs. An additional portion of each ticket sold will also benefit the Harn Homestead.
Tickets will be strictly limited to 100 guests for each performance, so the number of performances has been greatly expanded.
While performances will be moved outdoors, a number of additional required safety measures will be in place as patrons arrive at the Harn Homestead. All patrons, staff and volunteers will be wearing face masks, and temperature checks will occur upon entry to the grounds. Hand sanitizer and other safety equipment will be available throughout.
Lyric’s "A Christmas Carol" is presented by Devon Energy. Additional sponsors include Braum’s Ice Cream & Dairy Stores, AT&T Oklahoma, Mark & Beverly Funke/Simmons Bank and Parrish Devaughn Injury Lawyers.
As previously reported, Lyric resumed live performances for the first time since March last week with its dual productions of "Lyric Kids’ Clubhouse Cabaret" and "Lyric’s Moonlight Cabaret" continuing through Oct. 4 at the Myriad Botanical Gardens' Water Stage. Look for my review of these shows coming soon.
For more information, go to go to www.LyricTheatreOKC.org or call 524-9312.