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WITF presents Open Stage of Harrisburg production of "A Christmas Carol"

Written by WITF | Dec 19, 2016 1:45 PM
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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.

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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.

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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


Production Team 

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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