Friday, December 25, 2015

Dickens "A Christmas Carol" and then the Battle of Britain parachute drop presented in Christmas program by Mormon Tabernacle Choir (with Tom Brokaw)

NBC has broadcast “A Dickens Christmas” with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, with John Rhys-Davies, conducted by Mack Willberg (who also composes and transcribes carols), directed by Lee Wessman, with the Choir’s video link here.
The half hour presentation is a rough, abbreviated setting of the novel “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens, with 19th Century London set up on the Tabernacle stage at Temple Square in Salt Lake City. 
The play was supplemented by an epilogue ("Christmas in the Air") led by Tom Brokaw, who reads a rendition of the food drop in 1940 by parachute during the Battle of Britain.  Toy parachutes (from the “Candy Bomber”) actually deploy over the audience. 

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