Tuesday, November 15, 2016

McCarter Theatre Center's reimagined production of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol set for December

McCarter Theatre Center is proud to announce its reimagined production of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Directed by Adam Immerwahr, A Christmas Carol runs December 9 - 31 in the Matthews Theatre. Press opening is Saturday, Dec. 10.

About the Show

Ebenezer Scrooge (Greg Wood) is not a 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 that Scrooge himself discovers.

McCarter has created a brand 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, a cast of professional actors will be  joined by  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.

Ever 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 all throughout the year.  Originally written in rebuttal of the squalid working  conditions of child laborers  in Industrial Age England, A Christmas Carol remains a timeless tale of redemption, hope, and love.

A Christmas Carol combines David Thompson’s  (The Scottsboro Boys) adaptation with music composed by Michael Friedman (Artistic Director of City Center Encores!), 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).

A “Behind the Build” look with set designer Dan Ostling may be found here.

More information about this year’s production of A Christmas Carol may be found here.

About the Cast

Boasting a gigantic list of Broadway, regional and international credits, the cast of A Christmas Carol  features returning  McCarter veterans Jessica Bedford (The Mousetrap),  Warner Miller  (Antony & Cleopatra), Lance Roberts  (Sweet+Hot), and  JD Taylor  (The Understudy).

They are  joined by  first-time McCarter artists Elisha Lawson,  Anne L. Nathan, Jamila Sabares-Klemm,  A.J. Shively, Sue Jin Song, Greg Wood, and Frank X.

About the Community and Young Ensembles

After  an extensive audition process, McCarter Theatre Center  is proud to welcome the  members of the inaugural Community Ensemble and our 2016 Young Ensemble.

The Community Ensemble includes Amy Blair, Tara Parkman, and Kirk Ponton of Ewing, NJ; Kristin Devine of  Washington Crossing, PA; Marie Fiorello and Gloria Schnure of Somerset, NJ;  Ithamar Francois and  Arielle Rabano of Hillsborough, NJ;  Lew Gantwerk,  Elias Malavet, and  Connor Crafton Marrone of Princeton, NJ; Faith E. Iloka  and  Bryanna Martinez-Jimenez of  Trenton, NJ;  Scott Karlin of Plainsboro, NJ;  Stan Karuzis  of  Lawrence Township, NJ;  Jeffrey Knoll of Pennington, NJ;   Thom V. Kummerle,  Shan Raju, and  Sakshi S. Nathan  of Princeton Junction,  NJ;  Camillo and  Valencio Lazarczyk of Whitehouse, NJ; Ashley Lynn Medina of  Skillman, NJ;  Linda Palmarozza of Ambler, PA; and Rupal Patel of West Windsor, NJ.

In addition, two Community Ensemble members have been cast in major roles for this production. Mimi Francis of North Brunswick, NJ will feature as the Ghost of Christmas Present, and Kelsey Carroll of Allentown, NJ will feature in the roles of Fan and Miss Kate.

The Young Ensemble  is comprised of twelve local children:  Graham Beers, Russell Clark, Ivy Cordle, Sofia DaCruz, Xander Kurian, and  Gabriella Shapcott of Princeton, NJ;  Candace Beverly and Tashi Lakkaraju of Somerset, NJ; Ethan Chang of  Princeton Junction, NJ;  Miriam Foster-Swartley  of  Pipersville, PA; Zachary McDevitt of Lawrenceville, NJ; and  Liam McKernan  of Newtown, PA.

About the Director

Adam Immerwahr  (Director) is the Artistic Director of Theater J, the nation's premier Jewish theater (located in D.C.). Previously, Adam served as Associate Artistic Director at McCarter (credits include The Understudy and The Mousetrap) and Resident Director  at Passage Theater. NYC directing credits: The Public, Theater Row (both for  Summer Play Festival), Ensemble Studio Theatre, The Wild Project, and NYU's Studio Tisch. Internationally, he directed the African premiere of The Convert (nominated for Zimbabwe’s National Arts Medal). He has
directed and developed  work for Walnut Street, Luna Stage, Hangar Theatre, Bristol Riverside,  Premiere Stages, PlayPenn, and others. Winner of 2010 NJ Theatre Alliance  "Applause Award" and 2014 Emerging Nonprofit Leader Award presented  by Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Center for Excellence. Drama League Directing Fellow (2008).

After the new year, McCarter’s Theater Series continues with Bedlam’s productions of Saint Joan and Hamlet, Ken Ludwig’s adaptation of Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express (world premiere), and Lynn Nottage’s Intimate Apparel.

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