Watch the illustrated posters for a production of ‘A Christmas Carol’ come together step by step with live actors
Any actor tasked with embodying a character in a production as iconic as “A Christmas Carol” is challenging enough, but what about having to stand still, not saying a word, and still being instantly recognizable to any audience?
That’s exactly what the actors in a local production of Charles Dickens’ holiday classic did last month as part of an ongoing partnership between Diva Productions and artist Ted Michalowski’s weekly drawing sessions. Both share the intimate space of the Olde Brick Theatre in Scranton, so coming together to produce posters and promotional art for shows seemed like a natural fit.
The Drawma Club, which meets every Tuesday in the theater, books many different types of live models for artists to draw, so on Nov. 11, the group illustrated actors from “A Christmas Carol” in full costume, with each actor posing for 2-5 minutes each before changing positions.
By the end of the night, Michalowski was able to develop those quick drawings into more detailed pieces that became the posters for the show. Watch the illustrations come to life step by step below:
Michalowski also provided photos and drawings from the week before that served as other promos for the show:
“A Christmas Carol,” directed by Paige Balitski, ran last weekend and continues this weekend at the Duryea Dinner Theater at Memorable Occasions (268 Main St., Duryea). It runs Dec. 12-13, with dinner at 6:30 p.m. and the show at 8:15 p.m. On Dec. 14, dinner is at 1 p.m. and the show is at 2:15 p.m. Reservations are required; call 570-209-7766 to reserve a seat. Dinner and a show is $25, and there is a buffet and cash bar.
Drawma Club, which is $10 general admission or $5 for students, meets Tuesdays from 6 p.m.-9 p.m., and Michalowski’s Synaethesia Social, which combines drawing sessions with live music for $5 general admission or $2 for students, is held every Sunday from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. at the Olde Brick Theatre (126 W. Market St., Scranton). Both are open to the public to enjoy and create any time.
by Rich Howells
Rich is an award-winning journalist, longtime blogger, photographer, and podcast host. He is the founder and editor of NEPA Scene.