“A Christmas Carol”

Book & Lyrics by Tom Smith/Music by Roger Butterly

Directed by Xodia Choate *

Nov. 22-Dec. 8, 2019

Preview performance Thurs. Nov. 21, 2019, 5:30 pm

This spectacular and touching holiday musical is back and better than ever! Join Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim and the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future as they help curmudgeonly old Ebenezer Scrooge discover the magic of Christmas.

 

 

Cast:

 

SCROOGE – DOUG ABBOTT

BOB CRATCHIT –  RILEY MERRITT

FRED —  CALVIN CHERVINKO

GHOST JACOB MARLEY & PRESENT  – SCOTT BROCATO

GHOSTS OF CHRISTMAS PAST & YET TO COME – KAMRYN NEILL

MR. FEZZIWIG – BEN MUCKENTHALER

EBENEZER & OLD JOE – NICK CHECK

MRS. FEZZIWIG – YAMILEX HOLGUIN

BELLE – MICHAELA BERNEL

CLOVIA – YOCELIN TORRES

SAPHRONELLA —  ESTHER ROGGE

MRS. CRATCHIT – JENNA IVEY

MARTHA CRATCHIT – KSENIA SEVOSTIANOVA

ROSE – FRED’s WIFE – BRIANNA HORVATH

TOPPER – MAXIMUS DE JONG

 

ENSEMBLE:

SAMUEL ALVALAIS: SOLICITOR #2 , PARTY GUEST, FISHMONGER

XINYUE FAN: PARTY GUEST

SYDNEY LOPEZ: PARTY GUEST, LAUNDRESS

VICTORIA COX: PARTY GUEST, CHARWOMAN

ESTHER ROGGE: BUTCHER

NOLAN WINTERS: SOLICITOR #1, WILL DICKINS

 

WHO WILL PLAY THE FOLLOWING ROLES TBD:

PASSERSBYS=page 8 (TBD), BODY (COVERED BY A SHEET (TBD )

YOUNG ACTORS

FAN/BELINDA (WANT)        EMORIE DILLAWAY [G]

ANGELICA AMADOR [R]

YOUNG EBENZER/ PETER / CAROL BOY (NEGLECT)

JAIDEN ROWLETT [G]

JOSIAH ORTEGA [ R]

TINY TIM            TYLER ROWLETT (G)

__________________ (R)  tba

 

NMSU THEATRE ARTS PRESENTS A CHRISTMAS CAROL

Las Cruces’ annual holiday tradition returns November 22 – December 8 with a much – loved mix of expert storytelling, dynamic music and theatrical magic!

Doug Abbot as Scrooge and Calvin Chervinko as his nephew Fred argue over Christmas cheer in A Christmas Carol at ASNMSU Theatre Arts Photo: M. Wise.

NMSU Theatre Arts is proud to announce the return of A Christmas Carol, directed by Xodia Choate . This family –friendly production runs November 22 – December 8 in the ASTCNMSU Center for the Arts. A popular annual event for families all across the region, NMSU’s version of Charles Dickens’ novella is adapted by former department head Tom Smith with music by Roger Butterly.

Since it publication in 1843, Dickens’ A Christmas Carol has come to embody everything that is good and right about the human spirit – not only during the holidays, but throughout the year. Originally written in rebuttal of the squalid working conditions of child laborers in Industrial Age England. A Christmas Carol remains a heartwarming tale of redemption, hope and love. This is the 10th production for NMSU of this version of the script.

This year’s NMSU production is directed by graduating Theatre major, Xodia Choate

According to Choate “While researching the background of the story, I found so much in the world of 1840s London that felt applicable to today; they were struggling with many of the same social and political issues that we are continuing to discuss today. Dickens’ story is one that is meant to open a dialogue about these issues that is both specific in its focus and inclusive in its message. It’s been important to me as a director to work with the cast to craft a show that is able to recapture that essence, as well as maintain the invitational sense of joy, wonder, and Christmas Spirit that is integral to A Christmas Carol.

The cast and crew consist of NMSU students and community members. Local children playing the parts of Tiny Tim and the other Cratchit children.

Musical direction is by visiting musical theatre faculty Lisa Hermanson and choreography is by Monique Foster, who did lasts spring’s production of My Fair Lady.

Sets are by NMSU faculty member Jim Billings, lights are by student Daniel Miller and costumes by Molly Schafer.

Tickets are available at the PANAM Center on the NMSU campus, online at TICKETMASTER or by calling 646-1420 anytime or at the ASTCNMSU CENTER FOR THE ARTS BOX OFFICE one hour before the show begins. NOTE: DO NOT BUY TICKETS ONLINE UNLESS FROM TICKETMASTER! Scalpers and FAKE TICKET WEBSITES are all over online, pretending to sell tickets to this show. IF YOU ARE UNSURE ABOUT PURCHASING ONLINE, PLEASE CALL THE NUMBER ABOVE AS A SAFETY MEASURE.

The production running time is 1 hour and 45 minutes with a 10-minute intermission.

Show dates and times are:

Thursday November 21 @ 5:30 PM (Preview Performance) *All high school students with an ID are FREE! all other tickets are $5:00 this performance only.

Friday, November 22 @ 7:30 PM

Saturday, November 23 @ 7:30 PM

Friday, November 29 @ 7:30 PM

Saturday, November 30 @ 2:00 PM and 7:30PM

Sunday, December 1 @ 2:00PM

Friday, December 6 @ 7:30PM

Saturday, December 7 @ 7:30PM

Sunday, December 8 @ 2:00PM

 

Press Release information clabilli@nmsu.edu 646-5301

*Student Director

 

For ticket information call 575-646-1420 or click HERE

All other information call 646-5122

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