The newest kids on Lafayette's theatrical block, The Compound, are bringing an old Christmas tale to life with an adaptation of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol.

While The Compound is new the hands behind it are as seasoned as a holiday turducken. Steven Cooper, Cody Daigle, Duncan Thistlethwaite, Aren Chaisson, Martha Diaz and Sarah Gauthier form the cast.

Gina Baronne is acting as costume designer with Thistlethwaite also handling set design. Alicia Chaisson directs.

The story is a morality tale that was first published as a novella in 1843 London. Dickens own life was that of a Victorian English gentleman until, due to family circumstances, at age 12 was forced to leave school and take a job in a factory to support his family. This gave Dickens a lifelong sympathy to the struggle of poverty. It was this experience that gave him the germ of an idea to create a character who redeems himself after seeing how other people truly live. The protagonist of A Christmas Carol, Ebenezer Scrooge, is a bitter miser who spends Christmas Eve being haunted by his dead former business partner, Jacob Marley. Marley's goal isn't vengeance but redemption, to save Scrooge's soul by having three spirits — ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future — awaken Scrooge to the error of his ways.

The Compound is using a small cast to play many parts with a narrator guiding the way. The performance is at Theatre 810 located at 810 Jefferson St. Admission is $10 and tickets can be bought online here. Phone reservations start Dec. 5 by calling The Compound at 247-7028.

Opening night is Dec. 10 at 8 p.m. It continues at 7 p.m. Dec. 14, 15, 16, 17, 21, 22 and 23 with one matinee performance Dec. 11 at 2 p.m.

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