The Marietta Players, a group of various students, professionals and experienced actors have been putting on the original musical, “A Christmas Carol,” for the last month at its new home on the Square.
Don Goodner, the founder of the Marietta Playhouse, wrote the play with this year’s cast in mind.
After reading Charles Dickens’ classic book, “A Christmas Carol” at least 20 times, Goodner pulled characters and lines and put together a script
for the winter show.
“I would take what he said and wrote lyrics for the songs,” he said.
Audit-ions were in September, when Goodner discovered a beautiful soprano voice, and another man with a booming bass, on which he based many of the songs for the show.
Goodner worked in restaurant management for many years, while waiting for the right opportunity to pursue his true love: theater.
After volunteering at a local community theater, The Black Book Playhouse, the Canton resident decided to start his own theater company three years ago.
The Marietta Players began rehearsing and performing about 5 miles down Canton Road in an old movie theater until last spring, when the group relocated to The Theatre In the Square.
Since then, they have put on 17 different shows, Goodner said, for audiences of all ages, and it has become one of the state’s busiest theaters.
Goodner works around the clock, and the show has a full-time professional music director, Jennifer Loudermilk, and Zac Phelps, a professional choreographer. The cast varies with each show, but this winter ranges from Kennesaw State University students, local elementary, middle and high school students and professional adults. The group has met four days each week for the last six weeks to practice their lines and learn the show inside and out, Goodner said.
“A Christmas Carol” is almost identical to Dickens’ original written story, Goodner said. He hopes the script will be reused every Christmas season for many years to come, and become a city tradition.
The hour-and-a-half performance will feature Ebenezer Scrooge, a ghost, three spirits and Tiny Tim, and the audience will watch as Scrooge transforms from a grouch to a man embracing the spirit of Christmas.
“It’s a beautiful show,” Goodner said.
Thirty-two actors will be involved in the show, under the direction of Goodner, who works as the janitor, director and handyman for the group.
His laptop will provide the musical arrangements Goodner created, which will feature music similar to Christmas music of the 1840s.
The show will run now through Dec. 22, Wednesdays through Sundays. On weeknights and Saturdays, the show will start at 8 p.m., and at 3 p.m. Sundays.
Grandparents, children and young adults alike will enjoy the performance, Goodner said, which he guarantees will put every audience member in the holiday spirit.