Each holiday season, Spartanburg Methodist College presents “Mr. Scrooge!” a musical adaptation of Charles Dickens “A Christmas Carol”
Tuesday, December 6, 2016
Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Performances are free of charge.
Marsha and Jimmy Gibbs Auditorium
Edgar H. Ellis, Jr. Hall
For more information, please download the flyer.
About “Mr. Scrooge!”
“Mr. Scrooge!” is written and scored by South Carolina playwright and SMC professor Lanny Lanford. When Lanford was a seminary student he was invited to write the lyrics and music for a stage version of Dickens “A Christmas Carol”
This is Dickens’ story of Ebenezer Scrooge and his encounter with a variety of ghosts who appear to him in hopes of changing him into a nicer, kinder man at Christmas. Lanford has lightened the story with whimsical and modern lyrics, bringing the Cratchit family, Scrooge, as well as the entire cast, to life with words and music that will enlighten and delight us long after the curtain is closed.
A lifelong fan of Dickens, Lanford jumped at the opportunity to update the classic Christmas story, but felt the two-and- a-half- hour length of the production was too long and the underlying message of the real meaning of Christmas too vague. So he and a fellow seminary student sought to shorten, yet retain the integrity of the story. They gave it a fresh approach and made Dickens the narrator of the production. This version has run continuously in theaters and churches since 1980.
Lanford holds a bachelor of arts (with a choral emphasis) from the University of South Carolina, a master’s of church music degree in theory and composition from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky., and a doctorate of musical arts in composition from USC. His compositions have received worldwide attention, his most notable accolade was winning the International Composition Competition for his piece,”Les Chevaliers du Tastevin”. Written in both French and English, this piece is particularly remarkable in that it was completed in just five days.
Lanford brings more than 30 years of experience in conducting and in higher education teaching to his current position of professor of music and director of the Spartanburg Methodist College music program. In addition to teaching a full course load and directing the SMC Singers, Lanford has revitalized the SMC Troubadours, a traveling select choral group that performs a variety of music, primarily in Methodist churches in the Upstate area.