Director and Writer’s Notes
I was Associate Artistic Director at Milwaukee Rep and Joe Hanreddy was Artistic Director when we co-wrote this adaptation of A Christmas Carol. John Tanner arranged and recorded the music. We co-directed the first production in 1997 and every holiday season since then it has played at Milwaukee Rep. In 2007, I directed another version at Clarence Brown Theatre in Knoxville, and it has been remounted 5 years in a row.

Our goals were clear. We wanted the play to sound like Dickens. We wanted a rich and varied relationship with the audience. We wanted to use a lot of music, in a variety of ways. And we wanted to tell it, first and foremost, as a story about Scrooge’s loss and recovery of family.

I directed another version at Clarence Brown Theatre in Knoxville annually from 2007 until 2011, and it was also produced at Ball State University in 2012.

Link to an interview about the show with Edward Morgan

Music Samples
Music arranged and recorded by John Tanner

“God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” 


“Coventry Carol”


“Finally, after a lifetime of wanting it, I have been given an outstanding stage adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic Christmas tale. It’s as fine a Christmas present as I could wish for…Director Edward Morgan’s own adaptation (written with Joseph Hanreddy) is the most literary adaptation I have seen. It has the authenticity of a reading of “A Christmas Carol” aloud by a fire.” – Knoxville New Sentinel

About Milwaukee Rep’s production...

“…a fresh and charming version…Hanreddy and Morgan added new scenes, characters and dialogue only suggested by the novel. This adds to new but justified perspectives on the story. They’ve found ways to add more fun and humor without distorting the original…” – Shepherd Express

“This is “A Christmas Carol” of which Charles Dickens would be proud...Edward Morgan, an experienced musicologist, seamlessly wove the carols into the text so well, they seem to be integral to the story.” – Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Milwaukee Repertory Theater’s ‘Christmas Carol’ might be finest in the country

“...the Milwaukee Rep’s “Christmas Carol” has been hailed by national Public Radio and critics from around the country.”

– McClatchy-Tribune News Service

Music Director: Gene Peterson

Lights: Beverly Emmons

Costumes: Kathryn Robe

Set: Jim Kronzer

Sound: Mike Ponder

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