|Bryson Fuhrer of Westfield Area Elementary School|
is the new Tiny Tim and the Ghost of Christmas Yet
to Come with the Warehouse Theater cast.
On Saturday, Dec. 3, Charles Dickens’ own classic ghost tale, “A Christmas Carol” is being performed at 10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. at the Coolidge Theatre in the Deane Center at 104 Main Street by one cast and at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. at the Warehouse Theatre at 3 Central Avenue by the second cast. Each performance runs just over one hour. Tickets are $18.
At 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 4, will be the seventh and last performance in the WarehouseTheatre. It is a Pay-What-You-Can admission.
New to the Warehouse Theatre cast is 11-year-old Bryson Fuhrer who plays Tiny Tim, the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come and other roles and is a narrator. He is the son of Jessica and Brandon Fuhrer. A sixth grader at Westfield Area Elementary School, Bryson played Mowgli in the school drama club's production of "The Jungle Book." He has also performed in Hamilton-Gibson's Winter Theatre Arts Camp productions of "Dear Edwina, Jr." and "The Phantom Tollbooth, Jr." Currently, Bryson has a small role in the H-G play, "Miracle on 34th Street."
Other members of the Warehouse Theatre cast are: Tom Walrath as Ebenezer Scrooge, a part he has played for well over a decade. Most of the cast members have been in this production for many years, too. They include: Kimberly Robinson as Mrs. Cratchit and the Ghost of Christmas Past, Kristine Worthington as Belle and Mrs. Fezziwig, Brian Kennedy as Jacob Marley, Bob Cratchit and Mr. Fezziwig, and Dallas Dziuba as Fred Scrooge and the Ghost of Christmas Present. Director is Gabe Hakvaag. Music Director is Cherilyn Ayres. Kate Phillips is in charge of set design.
The Coolidge Theatre cast includes Rob Kathcart as Ebenezer Scrooge, Pam Kathcart as Scrooge's sister Fan and his jilted fiancée Belle, Coleen Evert as Mrs. Cratchit and the Ghost of Christmas Past, Jeff Ryan as Bob Cratchit and Marley's Ghost, Gary Fizzano as Scrooge's nephew Fred and the Ghost of Christmas Present, and Blake Solow as Tiny Tim and the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come. Director of this cast and music and set designer is Thomas Putnam.
The script for both productions is the same. The Warehouse performances are presented in a traditional proscenium setting. The Coolidge production is set somewhat in the round, with the audience on two sides.
“A Christmas Carol” features six actors, one who plays Scrooge with the rest portraying a number of different characters. Slight costume changes are made in view of the audience and the action of the haunting tale unfolds seamlessly. Much is left to the individual theatergoer’s imagination because the production celebrates the rich Dickens’ prose with the use of the “story theatre” form; actors play not only characters, but also serve as narrators using the original Dickens’ language.