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'Scrooge in Rouge': A Madcap Romp Through 'A Christmas Carol'

Courtesy of InTandem Theater

Scrooge in Rougewhich opens this week at InTandem Theatre, features some characters familiar to fans of the Dickens novel A Christmas Carol, but the setting might be a bit less familiar to modern audiences. 

The play is set in a late 1800s, English music hall. Set designer and muralist, Linda Freund, created the setting not just on the stage but in the lobby as well. 

"In order to get the flavor of the times, the way advertising was done back then was through posters," Freund explains. "So I took posters from the era for music halls and recreated them in chalk on the walls - directly on the walls." 

Scrooge in Rouge runs through January 7 at the 10th Street Theater space, and when it's finished the artwork will be washed away from the walls. While the destruction might be sad, InTandem co-founder Jane Flieller, says the loss of the artwork is like a metaphor for theater itself. 

"Like the ephemeral nature of live theater, you know? If you miss it, it's gone," she says. 

Bonnie North
Bonnie joined WUWM in March 2006 as the Arts Producer of the locally produced weekday magazine program Lake Effect.