Tuesday, August 9, 2016

McCarter Theatre Center's inaugural Community Ensemble for 'A Christmas Carol'

PRINCETON, NJ: McCarter Theatre Center is proud to welcome 24 local community members who will make up the inaugural Community Ensemble for its production of A Christmas Carol. McCarter will be renewing an annual tradition this December with a reimagined version of Dickens’ immortal tale of redemption. As part of this new theatrical endeavor, the Community Ensemble will bring the story to life alongside a company of professional performers. This diverse and enthusiastic group will fill the streets of London, dance with the Fezziwigs, carol at Scrooge’s doorstep, and bring Christmas cheer to every corner of the theater.

Members of the Adult Community Ensemble are:

● Linda Palmarozza of Ambler, NJ

● Kirk Ponton, Tara Parkman, Amy Blair, and Nicholas Andrejco of Ewing, NJ

● Arielle Rabano and Ithamar Francois of Hillsborough, NJ

● Emily Solo and Jeffrey Kroll of Pennington, NJ

● Scott Karlin of Plainsboro, NJ

● Connor Crafton Marrone, Elias Malavet, and Lew Gatwerk of Princeton, NJ

● Shan Raju, Sakshi S. Nathan, and Thom V. Kummerle of Princeton Junction, NJ

● Ashley Lynn Medina of Skillman, NJ

● Gloria Schnure and Marie Fiorello of Somerset, NJ

● Byranna Martinez-Jimenez and Faith E. Iloka of Trenton, NJ

● Camillo Lazarczyk of Whitehorse, NJ

● Kristin Devine of Washington Crossing, NJ

● Rupal Patel of West Windsor, NJ

About the new Community Ensemble, director Adam Immerwahr says: “The genesis of this production was realizing that we could use McCarter's annual A Christmas Carol as a way to involve the greater-Princeton area in the creation of a beloved story that is shared back with the community every year. At the core is a group of professional artists, around whom we've integrated a terrific team of local artists to create a new version of Dickens' classic tale of how one man's actions (and redemption) can impact an entire community. I'm thrilled with the group we've assembled, which is representative of central New Jersey's many communities—and I'm delighted to share the production soon!"

Adult Community Ensemble (aged 14 and up) members were chosen from among hundreds of local residents who took part in interest and casting sessions at multiple locations earlier in the year. Casting for the Youth Community Ensemble will take in early fall of 2016.
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Tickets for McCarter’s upcoming production of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol are on sale now, and can be purchased in person at the McCarter Theatre Center Box Office – 91 University Place in Princeton, by phone at 609-258-2787, or online at

McCarter Theatre Center’s production of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is sponsored by Bank of America.

Additional support provided by McCarter and English, and Saul Ewing LLP.

About McCarter Theatre Center
Led by Artistic Director/Resident Playwright Emily Mann and Managing Director Timothy J. Shields, McCarter Theatre Center is a leading destination for playwrights, actors, and directors to collaborate on ambitious world premieres, re-imagined classics, adaptations, and developmental workshops. Awarded the 1994 Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre, McCarter has evolved into a nationally and internationally acclaimed theatre recognized for its first rate productions, daring world premieres, and lasting contributions to the American theatrical canon. The theatre is celebrated for its emphasis on the creation and development of new work, marked especially by an on-going program of commissions, an annual artists retreat, and the fostering of long term relationships with emerging and established playwrights.

McCarter is supported by Princeton University, the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, and over 3,000
individuals, corporations, and foundations. McCarter Theatre is located at 91 University Place in Princeton, NJ.
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photo: McCarter past production/T.C. Erickson

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