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Bill Leslie's Carolina Conversations

'A Christmas Carol'

Posted December 10, 2007 10:21 a.m. EST
Updated October 12, 2011 9:49 a.m. EDT

How many of you have seen a "Christmas Carol" by Ira David Wood?  What were your favorite parts?  

I took the family to the opening night last week at the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts in Raleigh and laughed my heart out as usual.  Wood tweaks the script every year to include current events.  This year he tapped into the popular Badger car commercials, his daughter's relationship with outrageous musician Marilyn Manson, the drought and even entertainer Randy Parton's troubles in Roanoke Rapids.

Surely, Charles Dickens would smile at Wood's fresh and funny interpretation of this holiday classic.  Stress abounds this time of year for many.  Ira David has a unique ability to defuse stress with his warmth and wit.  His production is in its 33rd year.  At age 60 Wood says he doesn't need to apply as much make-up for the role.

The show runs through this Wednesday at Memorial Auditorium.