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November 19, 2009

Charleston Stage Props Master Michael Christensen Discusses Christmas Carol Stage Tricks

Filed under: Back Stage Blog — julianw @ 12:26 pm

Each year when we start talking about Christmas Carol, our production staff always begins by brainstorming new ways to introduce the various ghosts and spirits into the play.  There are 4 ghosts or spirits in the show, Marley and the 3 Spirits.  This year, we are changing some things up.  Unlike past years, where Marley’s ghost entered from the sky, this year he will enter from the fiery pits of hell.  We have rebuilt part of the set for Scrooge’s bedroom and are bringing back one of the tricks from the past. This year, Jacob Marley must pass through the flames and fires carrying his heavy chains on his way to warn Ebenezer Scrooge.  We are employing several theatrical tricks of lighting and smoke generating machines to create the illusion of hell as he enters. 

The Spirits of Christmas Past and Present also make entrances in Scrooge’s bedroom, who then take Scrooge on amazing journey’s throughout his life.  I have created a magical prop for each Spirit to help move the scenes and transport Scrooge from one point in time to the next.  The Ghost of Past will have an exotic cane that can illuminate where Scrooge has been.  The Ghost of Present will have a bouquet of holly with LEDs inside.  So far the greatest challenge has been getting the circuitry, batteries, LEDs and the switch wired and soldered together without making it look too big and bulky.

I don’t want to give too much away.  You’ll have to come and experience the magic for yourself and see the other special holiday treats awaiting on stage!  See you at the theatre!

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