December 10-12

marley was dead, to begin with.

a christmas carol told again

December 10-12

marley was dead, to begin with.

a christmas carol told again

December 10 - 12
Kennesaw State University Dance Theatre

Voted "Atlanta's best dance production of 2020" by


Bonnie & Terry Herron


Lynn Cochran-Schroder
Jane and Greg Blount

“Marley was dead, to begin with.”, the first and arguably the most important sentence of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.  This must be understood, or nothing wonderful can come of the tale that follows.  In this spooky yet comical telling of Dickens’ story, we follow his lead on how important Scrooge’s business partner Marley is to the narrative.  The spirits conduct the two lifelong friends through an opportunity to reflect on the decisions they made together along the way.  A new perspective on the familiar trying journey that further explores the themes of compassion, generosity, and redemption present in the original.  But for now, it must be repeated once more, emphatically, that Marley was as dead as a door-nail.

“Men’s courses will foreshadow certain ends, to which, if persevered in, they must lead, but if the courses be departed from…”


Heath Gill - with contributions from the Dance Artists


Original Score by Jacob Ryan Smith


Felipe Barral

Voice Direction

Heath Gill and Jacob Ryan Smith

TMBT Dance Artists

Christian Clark, Alexandre Gonzaga, Laura Morton, Rachel Van Buskirk, Abigayle Wright

Guest Dance Artist

Darvensky Louis

Voice Artists

Marley - Tess Kincaid
Ebeneezer Scrooge - Chris Kayser
Robert Cratchit - Nicholas Copsis
Fred - Jacob Ryan Smith
Tiny Tim - Roscoe McBurney
Belle - Olivia Tennison
Fred's Wife - Tara Lee


Tamara Cobus

Lighting Design

Ben Rawson

Set Design

Heath Gill & Ben Rawson

Stage Manager

Angelina Pellini

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