After falling in love with the story as a child, Nordgren decided she wanted other children to delight in the story the way she had. But when she tried to find a suitable Christmas Carol for Thirteenth Street Repertory Company to produce she was shocked by some of the scripts that crossed her desk.
“In one script, Tiny Tim carried a gun, and in another he cursed!” she explains. “The Tiny Tim’s that carried guns and cursed did not exude a sense of sweet innocence that made the character endearing to the audience.” So, she wrote her own adaptation, which also keeps A Christmas Carol in its original time and place.
She has admittedly re-envisioned Scrooge, after being influenced by a former boss who was “not a horrible old miser with a pointy chin and beady eyes, but a sort of everyman, who chooses to ingratiate his own needs and never focus outwards to the needs of others.”
So, what draws artists to a tale as told and re-told as A Christmas Carol? “There’s something tremendously meaningful about the sincerity of the original story and its message that no matter what’s happened in the past, it’s never really too late to be a better person.”
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