Belfast Operatic Company are once again breaking the mould this November as they present Alan Menkens lavish musicalisation of ‘A Christmas Carol’ in the Grand Opera House, Belfast with some very special technology incorporated.
In place of a traditional set, this show sees the company using some ground breaking visual animation effects, designed by Belfast based BAFTA nominated animation studio Black North. Supplemented with some ‘prop’ set pieces, whilst combining the animation, extensive lighting design by Alastair Kerr, smoke and various other special effects, Dickensian London will be recreated on stage for this magical Christmas show.
“The use of this ground breaking new high-defintion technology allows us to go from scene to scene in an instant without needing to have lengthy set changes, which also allows the show to keep moving and keeps audiences interested, as well as looking spectacular.” commented local Belfast Director Wilfie Pyper. “We are delighted to be working with the BAFTA nominated Black North, a local animation studio who have worked with us from the initial stages to bring the scenes you will see on stage together within my vision of the show.”
Menkens beautiful Disney like score is brought to life by a company of over eighty, and an orchestra of twenty five players, all expertly held together under the baton of Musical Director Colin Scott. Menken is responsible for many of Disneys greatest hits, including ‘Beauty And The Beast’, ‘Enchanted’ and ‘The Little Mermaid’ and doesn’t disappoint in this sparkling and energetic adaptation.
Chairman of Belfast Operatic Company James Huish commented “Having a reputation for staging such lavish musicals, we knew we had to do something special to make ‘A Christmas Carol’ different. Having looked in to to various options, we knew right away that incorporating new technologies in to our performances in line with professional productions was a step in the right direction.”
Join Scrooge on his emotional journey as he meets the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future in this glorious production based on what is perhaps Dickens’ famous story, complete with a few ghostly surprises, and full of festive cheer for the entire family, both young and old!
Tickets for ‘A Christmas Carol’ which runs 19th-23rd November at The Grand Opera House are on sale from the Box Office on 028 9024 1919 or at www.goh.co.uk and punters are advised to book fast for this festive treat.