Insights from the Hale Centre Theatre director who has brought A Christmas Carol to the stage 16 years running. John Sweeney talks about working with adaptable material, refining a show over time, source material for classics, having a vision but not really being a “concept” guy, an appetite for new theatrical works, and how he collaborates with a production team and a cast to meet and exceed audience expectations.
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Liz is the producer and host of both the entertainment podcast "In the Telling," and the webseries "She Made Me Do It." She is a produced playwright, theater director, choreographer, stage and screen actress, avid reader, listener and insatiably curious. The aim of all her artistic endeavors is to grow community through local storytelling and entertainment.