South Carolina ETV


Southern Film Finds a Southern Scrooge with a Teddy Bear

For Immediate Release
December 13, 2012

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When South Carolina ETV cast its net for a southern Christmas film, it found a southern Scrooge with a teddy bear that’s become a nearly four decade tradition.  Cameras go in front of and behind the curtains at Raleigh’s Theatre-in-the-Park in Mark Olexik’s A Christmas Carol: Behind the Magic, premiering Thursday, December 20 at 9:00 pm on SCETV’s Southern Lens film series.

From the time when A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens was first published in 1843, the story of Ebenezer Scrooge and his transformation has made its way into many hearts and homes, and has taken on many forms.  One of those forms, a stage adaptation by Ira David Wood III in Raleigh, NC, had humble beginnings as a community theatre musical comedy in 1974, and exploded into a nearly four decade tradition playing annually to 30,000 people.  Viewers will hear from current and former cast members whose lives have been profoundly impacted by the show both personally and professionally, including one actress who went on to Broadway.

The show's director and star, Ira David Wood III, draws laughs from the audience with Ebenezer Scrooge by giving the harsh, greedy character a more humorous touch, which includes a teddy bear and southern accent.  He has played Scrooge in the show every year since the musical-comedy debuted except in 2010, when heart surgery sidelined him from performing and his son, Ira David Wood IV, filled in for him. The documentary goes into particular detail about the events of that year and explores a real-life Christmas Future as to what may happen to the show when Ira David Wood III no longer plays Scrooge.

“A Christmas Carol: Behind the Magic” will also encore Christmas Eve at 8:00 p.m. on the South Carolina Channel.  ETV’s Southern Lens series in which the film appears is a weekly showcase for independent film from and about the South, culled from film festivals and presented by South Carolina ETV.  By turns warm, humorous, compelling, and heart-breaking, each film presents a place and time in Southern culture as seen through the eyes of one filmmaker.

 

South Carolina ETV (presenting station) is the state's public educational broadcasting network.  Using television, radio and the web, SCETV's mission is to enrich lives by educating children, informing and connecting citizens, celebrating our culture and environment and instilling the joy of learning.  South Carolina ETV currently presents A Chef’s Life, Expeditions, and For Your Home on public television in addition to national radio productions Song Travels, Piano Jazz, Spoleto Festival USA, and World of Opera.

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Southern Film Finds a Southern Scrooge with a Teddy Bear
A Christmas Carol: Behind the Magic. Photo Credit: Stephen J. Larson
Southern Film Finds a Southern Scrooge with a Teddy Bear
A Christmas Carol: Behind the Magic. Photo Credit: Stephen J. Larson

Southern Film Finds a Southern Scrooge with a Teddy Bear
A Christmas Carol: Behind the Magic. Photo Credit: Stephen J. Larson


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