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From Open Stage of Harrisburg's production of A Christmas Carol
Of all his famous novels, A Christmas Carol, the story of the old miser Ebenezer Scrooge and his visitation by Christmas ghosts, is the most widely-known book that Charles Dickens ever wrote. It was wildly popular from its beginning, immediately becoming the most successful book of the holiday season in England when published in 1843.
Within two months of its publications, eight different stage adaptations were in production. Countless others, in all forms of media, have followed.
Nick Hughes as Scrooge
For eleven years, Open Stage of Harrisburg presented its own production, a very faithful adaptation created by Edward Alsedek, the son of the Producing Artistic Director Donald Alsedek, who directed the production.
The production began at Open Stage and later was performed at Whitaker Center. It was warmly received and became an annual tradition for many audience members.
WITF is partnering with Open Stage to present a radio version of the production. The adaptation works particularly well for radio, as it features a number of different narrators who describe the action in dramatic fashion using Dickens' own text. The original stage sound design by David Walker will be enhanced with radio drama sound effects created by WITF's Cary Burkett.
Headlining the cast, as he did for eleven years on stage, will be Nick Hughes in the role of Scrooge. He will be joined by some 20 other actors who have participated in the production over its long run.
The program will be broadcast as a Christmas special during WITF's December programming; on Sunday December 18th at 8 p.m. on WITF's Center Stage and again at noon on December 23rd and 24th , and at 3 p.m. on Christmas day.
The cast in alphabetical order includes
Marjorie Bicknell: Mrs Fezziwig, Sister, Charwoman & Narrator
Robert Campbell: The Ghost of Christmas Present, Dick Wilkins & Narrator
Eli Domanski: Ebeneezer as a boy & Turkey Boy
Brenda C. Eppley: Older Belle, Sister & Narrator
Yasmina Ghani: Melinda Cratchit
Lisa Haywood: Mrs. Cratchit & Narrator
Nick Hughes: Scrooge
Patrick Hughes: Fred, Businessman
RD Johnson: Bob Cratchit, Man of Business & Narrator
Kelli Kauterman: Christmas Past, Fred's Wife, Laundress & Narrator
Sheridan Lain: Fan, Belinda Cratchit & Servant
Jim Lewis: Fezziwig, Old Joe & Narrator
Sean McCormack: Young Ebenezer, Neville, Second Gent, Businessman & Narrator
Everest Robinson: Peter Cratchit
Brian Schreffler: Jacob Marley, Businessman & Narrator
Erin Shellenberger: Martha Cratchit, Young Belle & Caroline
Anna Williams: Child & Tiny Tim
Rick Voight: Richard Wilkins, Topper, First Gent & Narrator
Director: Don Alsedek
Audio Producer: Cary Burkett
Stage Manager: Kel Kyle
Adapted by Edward Alsedek from the short story by Charles Dickens
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