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The Great Christmas Carol Escape: Interactive Virtual Student Escape Room

Updated: Dec 5, 2020

Words and Images courtesy of the Virginia Stage Company.

Virginia Stage Company presents The Great Christmas Carol Escape.  This virtual escape room is a live, interactive learning experience for students, middle school and up.

Each class joins Jacob Marley, played by VSC’s own Ryan Clemens, in rescuing Scrooge from a life of eternal chains in this hour-long gamified performance via Zoom. This fun and interactive virtual event brings the characters of A Christmas Carol to life while reinforcing literary themes and holiday fun!

Educators can book this live event for their classes November 12 – December 22. The cost is $150 per session and there is a maximum capacity of 32 students per session. Length of each session is 50 minutes. To register a class, click here.

“While we may not be able to greet students live in the Wells Theatre this winter, this actor-driven adventure keeps theatre alive, even in virtual spaces like Zoom! I’m excited by the interactive performance that our team has created!” says Patrick Mullins, Director of Public Works.

Cast Includes: RYAN CLEMENS (Jacob Marley/host) is proud to work with VSC on the main stage and in the Education Department’s touring shows, classes, and workshops. Patrons may remember Ryan from various VSC productions: Mr. Wormwood in Matilda; Trinculo in The Tempest; Lieutenant Brannigan in Guys & Dolls; Vinnie in The Odd Couple; Mortimer in The Fantasticks; Jacob Marley, Bob Cratchit, Old Joe, Charity Man or Fezziwig in previous years’ versions of A Christmas Carol; or as his famous relative Sam Clemens in his one-man show Meet Mark Twain. Originally from Wyoming, Ryan began his career in a travelling Wild West show. He has worked at theaters around the country, including several seasons locally with the Virginia Shakespeare Festival and Tidewater Stage Company, and he regularly performs with Plan B Comedy at Zeiders American Dream Theatre. Ryan holds a BA in Theatre from Western Washington University and an MFA in Acting from Regent University. He also teaches at ODU. (Many thanks and a huge heap of love to his wonderful wife.)

Virginia Stage Company is southeastern Virginia’s leading theatre destination, normally serving an audience of over 58,000 annually both at the Wells Theatre and throughout the community. Since the shutdown in March, 2020, the Stage Company has pivoted to online content and has shared over 7,000 hours of free virtual content that has served more than 13,000 participants across the country. Virginia Stage Company’s mission is to “enrich, educate, and entertain the region by creating and producing theatrical art of the highest quality.”

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