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Monday, November 23, 2015

‘A Christmas Carol: The Musical’ opens this week at CSC

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Centenary Stage Company’s family favorite Holiday Spectacular, A Christmas Carol:  The Musical, returns to the Sitnik Theater on November 27 until December 13 in the Lackland Center.  Hailed as a, “A tonic for children and adults… a transfixing journey…” by The New York Times, this imaginative re-telling of Charles Dickens beloved classic is back by popular demand.  Boasting a cast and creative team of over 65 artists, A Christmas Carol: The Musical not only signifies the start of the holiday season for many but celebrates all of Centenary Stage Company’s programming by combining community members, CSC staff, Centenary College Theatre Department faculty and students, Young Performers Workshop students and professional guest artists.

               From the creators of Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, Ragtime and Seussical: A Christmas Carol, The Musical is filled with beautiful melodies by Alan Menken and memorable lyrics by Lynn Ahrens.  Ebenezer Scrooge is a prosperous curmudgeon who believes personal wealth is far more valuable than the happiness and comfort of others. With an infuriated "Bah! Humbug!" Scrooge summates his feelings of Christmas tidings and charitable giving, but he's forced to face his selfish ways when three ghosts on Christmas Eve lead him through his Past, Present, and Future. Thanks to their guidance, Scrooge recognizes his faults and greets Christmas morning with a cheerful "Happy Christmas" before spending the day reconnecting and sharing love with those that mean the most to him.  A Christmas Carol: The Musical is a spectacular adaptation of Charles Dickens's most well-known story proving its staying power with a decade long run at Madison Square Garden.

Directed by Broadway veteran, Michael Blevins, A Christmas Carol features a cast hailing from New York, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey. The holiday musical is meant to celebrate all the programs of the Centenary Stage, including talents from professional Equity actors as well as members of the acclaimed Young Performers Workshop (YPW), Centenary theatre students, and local performers.

ccebindex Osborn Focht (Hoboken, NJ-photo) returns in the iconic role of “Scrooge” for another phenomenal performance. Focht is best known for his appearance in Paul Simon’s The Capeman on Broadway, and as Benny Andersson in Kristina at Carnegie Hall.  Other returning performers include CSC’s own Lea Antolini-Lid (Sparta, NJ) as The Ghost of Christmas Past and Carl Wallnau (Hoboken, NJ) as the Beadle, Erik Gaden (Millburn, NJ) as Bob Cratchit, regional actor Dave Scheffler (Easton, PA) as The Ghost of Marley, Chris Nunez (Landing, NJ) as Tiny Tim, James Russo (Wayne, NJ) as Fred and Cynthia Livingstone (Cranberry Lake, NJ) as Mrs. Mops/Granny Pickwick.  Newcomers to the principle cast are led by equity actor Michal Salonia (New York, NY) as Fezziwig.  Salonia’s credits include numerous NYC and regional credits including: Titanic, Oklahoma!, and Anything Goes.  Danny Arnold (Mount Arlington, NJ) joins the Christmas Carol cast as the Ghost of Christmas Present, as well as Julie Galorenzo (Verona, NJ) as Mrs. Fezziwig, Lauren Santarelli (Little Falls, NJ) as Ghost of Christmas Future and Sarah Farber (High Bridge, NJ) as Mrs. Cratchet.  The ensemble cast consists of local talent from throughout New Jersey and beyond [listed below].

               Evening performances of A Christmas Carol: The Musical Fridays November 27, December 4 and December 11 at 8pm; Saturdays, November 28, December 5 and December 12 at 8pm and Thursdays, December 3, December 10 at 7:30.  Matinee Performances are Friday November 27, Sundays November 29, December 6 and December 13, Saturday December 12 and Wednesdays December 2 and 9 at 2pm.  Ticket prices for A Christmas Carol:  The Musical are $27.50 for adults and $20.00 for children under twelve on Matinees and Friday evenings.  Saturday evening ticket prices are $29.50 for adults and $20.00 for children under twelve.  Thursday evening ticket prices are $27.50 for all seats.  Thursday evening is also our Family Night.  Enjoy a two for one rush ticket special when tickets are purchased in person at the CSC box office two hours prior to performance time.

               For more information or to purchase tickets visit centenarystageco.org or call the box office at (908) 979 – 0900.  Tickets may also be purchased in person at the CSC box office located in the David and Carol Lackland Center on the campus of Centenary College; 715 Grand Ave. Hackettstown, NJ.  The box office is open Monday through Friday from 1 – 5pm and two hours prior to every performance.  Centenary Stage Company tickets may also be purchased through the mobile app Ticket Trove.

Photos from CSC-past performances

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