Wednesday, December 18, 2013

A family tradition

‘A Christmas Carol’ makes memories


Scott Creighton plays the effervescent Scrooge in “A Christmas Carol” at the nexStage Theatre in Ketchum. Courtesy photo

    The classic story “A Christmas Carol” will be performed in musical form this holiday season in Ketchum.
    The story begins with the introduction of the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge on Christmas Eve, as he is complaining about having to give his clerk, Bob Cratchit, the next day’s holiday off. Maintaining that Christmas is merely “humbug,” Scrooge refuses to contribute to the local charity’s fund for the poor.
    He even refuses the invitation of his nephew, Fred, to join his family for a holiday celebration. It is only later that night when he is visited by a succession of spirits—the ghost of his deceased partner, Jacob Marley, and the Ghosts of Christmases Past, Present, and Yet-to-Come—that Scrooge considers the consequences of his past and present actions and reconsiders his outlook on life.
    Grateful for a “second chance,” Scrooge vows to help his fellow man—including Cratchit and his frail little son, Tiny Tim—and is reunited with his family. Though it may have only been a dream, Scrooge is a changed man.
    “A Christmas Carol—The Musical” captures both the humorous and touching moments of the classic story, with witty dialogue and fresh new songs, conveying Dickens’ original message that the holiday season should be a “kind, forgiving, charitable time,” a sentiment which still rings true today.
    The show features Scott Creighton as Scrooge; Payton Cole and Sonnet Gripkey as Tiny Tim; Keith Moore as Bob Cratchit; and Jamey Reynolds and Cathy Reinheimer as the Fezziwigs. The rest of the cast features Max Albright, Brooke Allen, Laine Allison, Joy Bond, Sammi Brunker, Tara Burchmore, Madeleine Caraluzzi, Arianna Carlson, Bailey Cole, Kate Connelly, Steve d’Smith, Madeline Dean, Amanda Dunn, Sam Fauth, Claire Fisher, Marcella Fisher, Tatum Fuller, Noelle LaFleur, Indie Landon, Blake Letourneau, Annabelle Lewis, Trish Lewis, Sarah McCormick, Priya Merchant, Jasper Mott, Liv Nelson, Daniel Pearson, Rika Pere, Spencer Pfau, Logan Pilaro, Collett Pruitt, Luma Randolph, Wyatt Root, Shea Slanetz, Levie Smith, Nick Smith, Sierra Stern, Sophia Sturgeon, Anneka Thompson, Logan Verst, Connor Wade, Mike Wade, Annabel Webster, Penelope Weekes, Nick Wright, Jamie Wygle and Patsy Wygle.

Dickens’ present
“A Christmas Carol—The Musical” was adapted from the original by David Armstrong, Dick Gallagher and Mark Waldrop. It will be playing at the nexStage Theatre, 120 S. Main St. in downtown Ketchum, from Dec 19-24. Tickets are $25 general admission, $15 children and $35 reserved, available at the theatre box office: 726-4857/4TKS.


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