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'Klingon Christmas Carol' Returns to Raven Theater

By Benjamin Woodard | December 5, 2013 8:47am
A Klingon Christmas
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EDGEWATER — The Klingons are back.

Commedia Beauregard's production of "A Klingon Christmas Carol," an adaption of Charles Dickens' classic novel, returns to Raven Theatre through the end of December.

But this year, the play — which is performed entirely in the barbaric and glottal Klingon language from Star Trek — has a new cast, new costumes, new weapons and a grittier set.

“We’ve been doing this show for seven years,” said Christopher Kidder-Mostrom, Commedia Beauregard’s Artistic Director in a statement. “We thought this year was the perfect time to make some major changes.”

Last year, the production attracted the creator of the Klingon language himself, Dr. Marc Okrand, who flew in from Washington, D.C., to sit in the front row.

 Actors prepare to take the stage to perform a Trekky rendition of Charles Dickens' classic "A Christmas Carol."
Backstage at 'A Klingon Christmas Carol'
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He called the performance "incredible."

The adaption of Charles Dickens' classic novel transforms Ebeneezer Scrooge into Klingon loan collector SQuja', who travels through time alongside three ghosts to redeem his Klingon warrior courage and honor to save the life of tImHom — Dickens' Tiny Tim.

English translations are projected above the stage for those in need of a little help understanding the language from planet Kronos.

"A Klingon Christmas Carol" runs Thursdays through Sundays in December at Raven Theatre, 6157 N. Clark St. Most tickets cost $30, although some late-night showings are $20.