Venice Theatre will present its 16th annual production of A Christmas Carol
Local version of Dickens’ holiday classic has become a community tradition
(Venice, Florida) Venice Theatre’s Generations Series is proud to present five performances of an original musical adaptation of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol (music by area musician the late E. Suzan Ott with lyrics and additional music by local teacher, director and writer Scott Keys). The show will take place on Venice Theatre’s MainStage Dec. 17 through 21, 2015. There are 7 p.m. shows on Thursday the 17th through Saturday the 19th and on Monday the 21st. There is a matinee on Sunday the 20th at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 for students through 12th grade, $13 for college students and $18 for adults. They can be purchased online at www.venicestage.com or by calling the box office at 941-488-1115. Discounts are available for groups of 20 or more. The theatre has also arranged a daytime performance on Friday, Dec. 20 at 11 a.m. for local school groups to enjoy.
“A Christmas Carol is one of my favorite things to do each season,” says Director Murray Chase. “Young people return each year, playing new roles as they get older. College students plan their Christmas breaks around the show. And entire families work together in the cast and crew. It’s a wonderful tradition for our theatre and the community.”
This is Chase’s 14th year as director of A Christmas Carol. Music Director, Michelle Kasanofsky, has also been involved with the production for 14 years. Other long-time cast and crew include Alyssa Hunek, who is moving into the role of Mrs. Cratchit, and high school student Allison Pickens who is marking her first year as part of the production team as Choreographer. Marek Winkelmeyer returns for his second year as Tiny Tim. New company members join the cast each year as well. A full cast list and production team can be found at www.venicestage.com.
Eric Watters, who is playing Scrooge for the 14th year, exclaims, “Where else can old folks like me dance and sing on stage with young people performing for the first time? Their energy and enthusiasm is contagious!”
Tickets for A Christmas Carol and all Venice Theatre events through June 2015 are available at the box office at 941-488-1115 or online at www.venicestage.com. Holiday gift certificates are also available in person and over the phone.
Venice Theatre is located at 140 W. Tampa Ave. on the island in Venice. Box office hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays and one hour before show time.
A Christmas Carol is generously sponsored by Stephenson Eye Associates.