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Monday, December 2, 2019

HAMILTON-GIBSON’S "A CHRISTMAS CAROL" WITH TWO DIFFERENT CASTS PRESENTING THREE SHOWS EACH ON SATURDAY, DEC. 7 AND ONE CAST PRESENTING THE LAST SHOW ON SUNDAY, DEC. 8

Hamilton-Gibson Productions and sponsor C&N Bank are offering seven performances of "A Christmas Carol” on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 7 and 8 during Wellsboro's 36th Annual Dickens of a Christmas celebration.
 
One of the world's most enduring holiday stories, "A Christmas Carol” was written by Charles Dickens 176 years ago, It is the tale of miserly Ebenezer Scrooge, a coldhearted man who learns the value of love thanks to the intervention of three ghosts who come to haunt him on Christmas Eve. Holiday cheer, whimsical humor and a good dose of scary thrills combine with the timeless truths and themes in this story of a man's redemption.

On Saturday, Dec. 7, Dickens’ classic ghost tale is being performed by one cast at 10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. in the Coolidge Theatre in the Deane Center for the Performing Arts at 104 Main Street in Wellsboro and by a second cast at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. in the Warehouse Theatre at 3 Central Avenue in Wellsboro. At 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 8 in the Warehouse Theatre will be the seventh performance of “A Christmas Carol." Each performance will be just over one hour.

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.

Each cast includes 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 not only play characters, but also serve as narrators using the original Dickens’ language.

This is the fourth year that Bryson Fuhrer of Knoxville is playing Tiny Tim as well as the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come and is narrator for the Warehouse Theatre production. He is the son of Jessica and Brandon Fuhrer. Tom Walrath has played Ebenezer Scrooge for more than two decades. Most of the cast members have been in this production for many years, too. They include Sarah Knight 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 Mitch Kreisler as Fred Scrooge and the Ghost of Christmas Present. Director is Gabe Hakvaag. Music Director is Cherilyn Ayres.

This is the third year that Bodhi Nickerson is playing Tiny Tim and the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come and is narrator in the Coolidge Theatre cast. He is the son of Shane and Jill Nickerson of Blossburg. Other cast members include: Rob Kathcart as Ebenezer Scrooge, Coleen Evert as Mrs. Cratchit and the Ghost of Christmas Past and Samantha Coolidge as Scrooge's sister Fan and his jilted fiancée Belle. New this year are: Ryan Dalton as Bob Cratchit and Marley's Ghost, and Ryan Mullins as Scrooge's nephew Fred and the Ghost of Christmas Present. Director and set designer is Thomas Putnam. Parker Neal is piano accompanist.

Admission to a Saturday performance is $12 and to the Sunday performance is Pay-What-You-Can. Tickets can be held up to 15 minutes before the performance. For reservations, call H-G Productions at 570-724-2079 or email hamgib@gmail.com or TicketLeap.


Photo by John Eaton
During a Coolidge Theatre cast rehearsal for "A Christmas Carol", Bob Cratchit (Ryan Dalton) carries his son, Tiny Tim (Bodhi Nickerson) who is holding his crutch.

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