Photo Flash: First Look at Rebecca Ann Johnson, John Caird and More in LITTLE MISS SCROOGE
Tony and Olivier Award-winner John Caird (LES MISERABLES and Nicholas Nickleby), West End rising star SAM CAIRD, and Tony nominee Paul Gordon (Jane Eyre), arrived in Ventura today to begin rehearsals tomorrow for a new holiday musical entitled LITTLE MISS SCROOGE, which will be presented as a limited-run staged concert for Rubicon Theatre subscribers December 12 through 23, 2012. (The fully staged World Premiere will be produced by Rubicon in December of 2013.) BroadwayWorld has a sneak peek below.
LITTLE MISS SCROOGE is a modern musical version of A Christmas Carol with added characters and plot elements from "Great Expectations," "Nicholas Nickleby," "The Old Curiosity Shop," and other great Dickens novels. The story follows Estella Scrooge, a direct descendent of Ebenezer -- a cool and calculating Wall Street whiz who runs a mortgage and lending company (Bleak House). Essie can't convince Betty Cratchit or other employees to work on Christmas Eve, so she is forced to go to Pickwick, Ohio personally to shut down the Harthouse Hotel, a poorly run (in her estimation) haven for the lost, lonely and dispossessed.
The staged concert of LITTLE MISS SCROOGE features a cast of fifteen extraordinary actors, many of whom double and triple in their roles, backed by a five-piece musical ensemble lead by Music Arranger and Supervisor, Music Director and Conductor Brad Haak (currently conducting Mary Poppins on Broadway).
LITTLE MISS SCROOGE begins December 12 with performances Wednesdays through Sundays through December 23, 2012. The opening gala is Saturday, December 15 at 7:00 p.m. All performances are at Rubicon Theatre Company, 1006 E. Main Street in Ventura's Downtown Cultural District. Returning Rubicon subscribers received tickets as a part of their subscription and a limited number of prime seats are being held for new season ticket holders. A few additional single tickets remain and may be purchased subject to availability by calling (805) 667-2900 or visiting the Rubicon website at www.rubicontheatre.org.
Photo Credit: Jeanne Tanner