Sunday, December 3, 2017

SCROOGE RETURNS TO McCARTER THEATRE CENTER FOR THE HOLIDAYS!

WHEN: December 5-31 (*scroll down for performance dates)
WHERE:
McCarter Theatre Center, 91 University Place, Princeton
TICKETS: Single tickets range from $25 - $102.50 and are on sale now online at mccarter.org, by phone at (609) 258-2787, or in person at the McCarter
Theatre Center Ticket Office, located at 91 University Place in Princeton.
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Follow Ebenezer Scrooge on a magical journey through Christmas past, present, and future and watch as our entire community—including members from the greater Princeton area—bring this story to life around you! This exciting production will usher you into the spirit of the season with all the joy, wonder, and generosity that Scrooge himself discovers. Share the happiness of Dickens' perennial masterpiece and join us in celebrating this McCarter tradition with your friends and entire family.

“Talent packed and an adorable-child-filled sugarplum of a production” – Philadelphia Inquirer

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. In a new look at an annual McCarter tradition, this exciting new production will usher you into the spirit of the season with all the joy, wonder, and generosity Scrooge discovers.

McCarter’s new version of Ebenezer Scrooge’s magical journey through Christmas past, present, and future combining period-specific music with 21st century design and special effects. Featuring a cast of professional actors joined by more than three dozen ensemble members chosen from the greater Princeton community,
audiences will experience an immersive Dickensian environment from the opening of the theater doors to the final bows. Adults and children will meet Dickensian characters and discover new surprises in the lobbies during the pre-show; and enjoy a myriad of enhanced special effects and new dance numbers 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), scenic design by Daniel Ostling (Metamorphoses), costumes by Linda Cho (A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder), lighting by Lap Chi Chu (Father Comes
Home from the Wars
), sound design by Darron L West (Tony Award – Peter and the Starcatcher), and special effects by Jeremy Chernick (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child). Musical Direction is by Charles Sundquist, who is celebrating his 25th and final year with the show. The 2017 production of A Christmas Carol is dedicated to the memory of composer Michael Friedman.

With an impressive roster of Broadway, regional and international credits, the cast of A Christmas Carol features returning McCarter Carol veterans Jessica Bedford, Anne L. Nathan, Jamila Sabares-Klemm, Sue Jin Song, and Greg Wood. Newcomers include Zeke Edmonds, Michael Genet, Christopher Livingston, Jon Hudson Odom, Jon Norman Schneider, and Thom Sesma.

After an extensive audition process, McCarter is proud to announce members of the 2017 Community and Young Ensembles: Riley Altobelli of Lambertville, NJ; Amy Blair, Jen Ericksen, and Tara Parkman of Ewing, NJ; Mariah Crawford, Melda Grant, Bryanna Martinez-Jimenez, and Shan Williams II of Trenton, NJ; David Danner of Newtown, PA; Jose Dominguez of Edison, NJ; Lew Gantwerk and Sarah Rajkumar of Princeton, NJ: Rosie and Scott Karlin of Plainsboro, NJ; Thom Kummerle of Princeton Junction, NJ; Al LaGratta of Kendall Park, NJ; Valencio Lazarczyk of Whitehouse, NJ; Aimée Miller of New Hope, PA; Mikal Odom of Yeadon, PA; Gloria Schnure of Somerset, NJ; Susan Schwirck and William Hart Strecker of Monroe Twp., NJ; and Henry Miles of Hamilton, NJ.

In addition, two Community Ensemble members are cast in major roles for this production: Mimi B. Francis of North Brunswick, NJ returns as the Ghost of Christmas Present, and Tess Ammerman of Princeton, NJ will feature in the roles of Fan and Miss Kate.

The Young Ensemble is comprised of twelve local children: Jamai Brown and Ayla Delvalle of Trenton, NJ; Ethan Chang of Princeton Junction, NJ; Amelia Cutter of Hopewell, NJ; Adeline Edwards of Kingston, NJ; Romy Engel of Hamilton, NJ;
and Camille Grove, Romy Johnson, Michael Karnaukh, Xander Kurian, Stefan Naumoski, and Julianna Pallacan of Princeton, NJ.

*The production running time is two hours with one 15-minute intermission.

Tuesday                      December 5               7:30 p.m.         Fezziwig Party
Friday                         December 8               7:30 p.m.         Morven Holiday Happiness
Saturday                     December 9               2 p.m.                         
Saturday                     December 9               7:30 p.m.         Opening Night/Press Opening
Sunday                       December 10              1 p.m.
Sunday                       December 10              5:30 p.m.
Thursday                    December 14              7:30 p.m.                    
Friday                         December 15              7:30 p.m.
Saturday                     December 16              2 p.m.              Audio

Description/ASL Interpreted
Saturday                     December 16              7:30 p.m.
Sunday                       December 17              1 p.m.              Open Captioning
Sunday                       December 17              5:30 p.m.
Tuesday                      December 19               7:30 p.m.         Fezziwig Party
Wednesday                 December 20               7:30 p.m.
Thursday                    December 21              7:30 p.m.
Friday                         December 22              7:30 p.m.
Saturday                     December 23              2 p.m.
Saturday                      December 23              7:30 p.m.
Sunday                        December 24              12 p.m. (noon)
Sunday                        December 24              4:00 p.m.
Tuesday                      December 26               2 p.m.
Wednesday                 December 27               1 p.m.
Wednesday                 December 27               5:30 p.m.
Thursday                     December 28              2 p.m. Meet and Greet with Scrooge
Friday                          December 29              7:30 p.m.
Saturday                      December 30              2 p.m.
Saturday                      December 30              7:30 p.m.                  
Sunday                        December 31              1p.m.               Closing

SPECIAL EVENTS

  • A Christmas Carol FilibusterSaturday, December 2 at 2p.m. – Princeton Public Library
    In anticipation of the opening of McCarter Theatre Center’s production of the beloved holiday tale, join in as
    members of the community read Dickens masterpiece aloud from start to finish in this public reading of the 1843
    novella. All are invited and encouraged to attend—individuals, families, book clubs, and groups—and participate
    by reading a portion of the book. All reading levels are welcome. For more information and to sign up, visit www.princetonlibrary.org.
  • The Fezziwig PartiesTuesdays, December 5 and 19 at 6 p.m.
    Enjoy hearty appetizers while sipping on holiday inspired cocktails in a family atmosphere fit for all Dickens enthusiasts prior to these performances! Please note: cash bar for alcohol.
  • Morven Holiday Happiness - Friday, December 8, 2017 – 5:30 p.m.  Morven reception, 55 Stockton Street Princeton
    Back by popular demand! Enjoy the magic of Morven Museum & Garden's "Festival of Trees." at a pre-theater
    cocktail reception. Afterwards stroll and carol your way over to McCarter for a 7:30pm performance of A Christmas Carol.
  • Meet and Greet with Scrooge - Thursday, December 28, 2017 – 2 p.m.
    Banish the bah-humbugs with Ebenezer Scrooge at a post-show reception with cookies and hot cocoa.