When I had the opportunity to meet with creatives from Geva Theatre Center for a behind-the-scenes look at their production of A Christmas Carol, it struck me how many — both in number and variety — artists and creatives it takes to produce a play of this magnitude. In this episode of Conversations with Creatives, You’ll hear Geva’s Artistic Director Mark Cuddy talk about adapting and Charles Dickens’ novella to the stage and working with Gregg Coffin to give life to a musical version. Mark candidly talks about the steps he took to bring develop his version of the time-honored and beloved tale of a miserly, miserable man who is transformed by the appearance of a series of ghosts.
Of course, in addition to the adaptation and direction by Mark Cuddy, there are the choreographer and dancers, the actors and singers, the costume, lighting, sound, prop and set designers as well as those creatives who handle the marketing and the daily rituals that bring a story to life for the audience. There are few creative initiatives as creatively collaborative as mounting a theatrical production.
Many thanks to Mark Cuddy, Karin Eckert, Butch Kane and Hillarie Shockley for taking us on a behind-the-scenes look at a Christmas Carol, and to Geva Theatre Center for allowing us to use the footage from their 2013 presentation.