Young Nicholas Nickleby, penniless after his father’s death, arrives in London seeking a way to care for his mother and sister. Their only hope is the Scrooge-like Uncle Ralph, who sends Nicholas away to Yorkshire to work at a ghastly school for boys. Finding the conditions there abusive, he rescues the wretched orphan Smike and together they embark on an unforgettable adventure, encountering the best and worst of humanity and learning lessons of compassion, loyalty and resilience. The Teen Players, advanced students in SCR’s Theatre Conservatory, bring this comedic melodrama to life, with all the colorful characters, surprising plot twists and jaw-dropping revelations that make it so classically Dickens!
Recommendation: Suitable for ages 10 and above.
Running Time: Approximately two hours including one 15 minute intermission.
Produced by special arrangement with THE DRAMATIC PUBLISHING COMPANY of Woodstock, Illinois
Tim Kelly (1931-1998) was one of our finest and most prolific playwrights. His first stage mystery was published in the 1960s—at the same time he had plays opening in Boston, New York and Hamburg. Since then, he kept up a steady flow of works for stage and screen stage, including adaptations of M*A*S*H and Murder by Natural Causes. His plays have been performed by The Royal Court Rep, The Studio Theatre, Manhattan Theatre Club, Los Angeles Actor's Theatre, the Aspen Playwright's Festival and the Seattle Repertory Company. Tim Kelly was among the nicest, most imaginative and thoroughly professional of writers.