Portland Playhouse’s fun, festive, family favorite
A CHRISTMAS CAROL
transforms the Hampton Opera Center into Dickensian England
A CHRISTMAS CAROL
By Charles Dickens
Directed by Brian Weaver and Cristi Miles
Adaptation and original lyrics by Rick Lombardo
Original Music by Anna Lackaff and Rick Lombardo
Music Arrangements by Anna Lackaff
Performance Dates: December 2-30, 2017
Previews: December 2-5, 2017
Opening night: Wednesday, February 6, 2017
ASL Performances (new): December 13 at 7pm, December 22 at 2pm
Performance times: Evenings: 7:00pm, Matinees: Days and times vary
Tickets: $19 previews, $34-59 regular run, $25 for 35 and under, ASL.
Production photos: Available Tuesday, December 5, 2017.
Portland Playhouse – At first glance, A Christmas Carol – a mainstay of Portland Playhouse’s season five years running – seems to stray from their purpose of presenting diverse audiences with artistically forward productions. But be immersed in the hour and a half of music packed Dickensian storytelling and you’ll realize what happens in the space between the traditional tale of Ebenezer Scrooge on his transformative journey of redemption and the audiences that fill the theatre is nothing short of magical.
“For us, A Christmas Carol provides an amazing access point,” says co-founder and Artistic Director Brian Weaver. “Maybe this is the one play a family sees together every year. Maybe it is someone’s first experience with theatre, like it was mine. My grandmother took me to see A Christmas Carol when I was five, and it was my first introduction to the wonder of live theatre. Why not make this the most engaging and magical experience possible?”
It is indeed, many a Portlander’s first experience in the theatre…and many come back year after year. There are changes from season to season to be sure, but what remains the same is the intimate, heart swelling experience, the live music and song performed by a strong, diverse cast of professional actors, members of the Portland Playhouse Apprentice company and shining new stars in the roles of the Cratchit children.
New for the production this year will be the staging of A Christmas Carol in the round. Due to major renovations happening at Portland Playhouse’s theatrical home in the former Mt. Sinai Baptist Church building in the King neighborhood, the show will be taking up residence in the Hampton Opera Center’s performance space. Patrons can expect the fun, festive, family-friendly favorite they love, all easily accessible by car, streetcar, max, bus, and bike on the east bank of the Willamette River at the base of the Tilikum Crossing.
PORTLAND PLAYHOUSE, now in its tenth season of making theatre for diverse audiences in Portland, is a space for people of all backgrounds to come together to celebrate the complexity of our shared human condition. Portland Playhouse is dedicated to producing quality, intimate, performances in which the interaction between artists and audience is paramount. We envision a world awakened by the wonder of theatre.
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A CHRISTMAS CAROL
Ebenezer Scrooge – Todd Van Voris*
Young Scrooge, Collecting Man 2, Molly, Topper, Businessman 3 – Eric Little *
Bob Cratchit, Mr. Fezziwig, Businessman 2 – Julian Remulla
Ghost Present, Fred, Businessman 1 – Charles Grant
Mrs. Cratchit, Edna, Old Joe – Claire Rigsby
Ghost Past, Belle, Collecting Man 1, Hermione – Rachel Lewis
Marley, Mrs. Dilber – Sarah Smith
Dick Wilkins, Ship’s Watch, Undertaker’s Man – Kristopher Adams
Fan, Elizabeth (Fred’s wife) – Kayla Kelly
Mrs. Fezziwig, Martha Cratchit – Tina Mascaro
Actors playing the Cratchit children share the roles and performance duties. Performance assignments are noted below.
Belinda, Maid, Fezziwig Daughter
Saoirse Brecht (Dec. 3,6,8,10,13,15,16m, 17, 20,22m, 26e, 27, 28, 30e)
Maeve Z. O’Connor (Dec. 2,5,7,9,12,14,16e, 19,21,22e,23e,24,26m,27e, 29
Willie, Fezziwig Daughter
Alia Cohn (Dec. 5,6,12,13,16m,17,20,22m,23m, 16e, 27m, 28)
Chiara Rothenberg (Dec. 2,3,7-10,14,15,16e, 19,21,22e, 23e, 24, 25,,27e, 29,30e)
Boy Scrooge, Peter, Turkey Boy, Miner family
Atticus Salmon (Dec. 2,3,8,9, 10-23)
Phillip Wells (Dec. 5-7, 22m, 24-30)
Young Boy, Alice, Turkey Girl, Miner family
Serelle Strickland (Dec. 7,9,12,14,16m, 17, 20, 22m, 23-28)
Clark ( Dec. 3,6,8,10,13,15, 16e, 19,22,21e, 29,30)
Tiny Tim, Miner family
Rainbows Leoniak (Dec. 2,6,8,13,15,16e, 19-21,. 22e, 23e, 26m, 27e)
Margot Weaver (Dec. 3,5,7,9, 10,12,14,16m, 17,22m,23m,24,26e,27m, 28-30)
Director – Brian Weaver
Director – Cristi Miles
Assistant Director – Benjamin Tissell
Music Director – Eric Little
Stage Manager – David Levine
Asst Stage Manager – Lilo Alfaro
Scenic & Lighting Designer – Dan Meeker
Properties Designer – Rachel Schmerge
Carpenter – Breydon Little
*Appears Courtesy Actors’ Equity Association.
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221 SE Caruthers Street
Box Office: (503) 488-5822