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McCarter Theatre Center Presents A CHRISTMAS CAROL

By: Nov. 18, 2019
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McCarter Theatre Center is proud to announce the return of A Christmas Carol, directed by Adam Immerwahr. This family-friendly production runs December 10 - 29 in the Matthews Theatre. A popular annual event for families all across the region, McCarter Theatre Center's production of Charles Dickens' timeless story brings a tale of memory and redemption beyond the stage and out into the aisles and lobbies.

Ebenezer Scrooge (Greg Wood) is no fan of Christmas. He "bah humbugs" every glimmer of holiday happiness. Cheer is costly and good-will is bad for business. This Christmas, however, things are going to be a little different. This annual holiday tradition will usher you into the spirit of the season with all the joy, wonder, and generosity Scrooge discovers.

McCarter's version of Ebenezer Scrooge's magical journey through Christmas past, present, and future combines period-specific music with 21st century design and special effects. A cast of professional actors are joined by "The Community Ensemble" - an ensemble of ranging from age 5 to 74, comprised of more than thirty people chosen (through auditions) from the greater Princeton community.

Audiences will experience an immersive Dickensian environment when they step inside the theater lobbies. This "pre-show" takes place an hour before each performance, where adults and children have the opportunity to meet characters from the play, sing along to holiday carols, and discover sweets and treats before taking their seats to enjoy a myriad of special effects, dance numbers and the story of Scrooge on stage.

Since its publication in 1843, Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol has come to embody everything that is good and right about the human spirit - not only during the holidays, but throughout the year. Originally written in rebuttal of the squalid working conditions of child laborers in Industrial Age England, A Christmas Carol remains a heartwarming tale of redemption, hope, and love. McCarter's latest reimagining of this annual tradition has been honored with acclaim by audiences and critics alike, praising the Community Ensemble, in particular.

A Christmas Carol combines David Thompson's (The Scottsboro Boys) adaptation with music by the late Michael Friedman, choreography by Lorin Latarro (Waitress on Broadway), scenic design by Daniel Ostling (many at McCarter including Lookingglass Theatre Company's recent McCarter production of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein), costumes by Linda Cho (The Age of Innocence at McCarter), lighting by Lap Chi Chu (McCarter's A Delicate Balance and The Convert), sound design by Darron L West (Tony Award - Peter and the Starcatcher, many McCarter productions including Murder on the Orient Express ), wig design by Carissa Thorlakson, and special effects by Jeremy Chernick (Broadway's Harry Potter and the Cursed Child). The production's musical director is Cris Frisco, founder and artistic director of The New Voice Project and musical director at Opera Fayetteville. Also returning are Jessica Bedford as associate director and Greer Gisy as choreography supervisor.

With an impressive roster of Broadway and regional credits, the cast of A Christmas Carol features returning McCarter Carol veterans Paul Deo Jr., Billy Finn, Andrea Goss, Sharina Martin, Steven Rattazzi, Jon Norman Schneider, A. J. Shively, Greg Wood, and Frank X. Newcomers to the production include Twinkle Burke and Jo Twiss.

The Community Ensemble includes Amy Blair of Ewing, NJ; Jamai Brown, Mitzi Hightower-Teel, Tristan Takacs, and Paul Zych of Trenton, NJ; Andrew James Gordon of West Windsor, NJ; Deonté Griffin-Quick of Linden, NJ; Preksha Kavalar and Paul Owen of Skillman, NJ; Liz Kent of Hackettstown, NJ; Andrea Kristensen of Hopewell, NJ; Al LaGratta and Jessica Stanzek of Kendall Park, NJ; Lillian A. McEwen and Jack Sabatino of Princeton, NJ; Kate Jones of Lamberville, NJ; Daniel McGinley of East Windsor, NJ; Sarah Middough of Oceanport, NJ; Finn Murray-Campbell and Benjamin Piccarillo of Pennington, NJ; Gloria Schnure of Somerset, NJ; Tara Parkman and Shan Williams II of Hamilton, NJ; Anoushka Sharma of Princeton Junction, NJ: and Lauryn Morgan Thomas of Landsdowne, PA.

The Young Ensemble is comprised of thirteen local children: Uriah Amacker, Chandler Miller, and Myla Delvalle of Trenton, NJ; Sanya Bhatt, Syra Bhatt, and Emre Celik of Cranbury, NJ; Camille Grove, Sam Roman, and Aria Song of Princeton, NJ; Alexander Perez of Ewing, NJ; Alicianna Rodriguez and Isabella Rodriguez of Hamilton, NJ; and Troy Vallery of Yardville, NJ.


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