A Christmas Carol 2023

Thank you to everyone who was a part of this production.

Have a healthy and safe holiday season – and check back for what’s next in 2024!

About The Show:

by Artistic Director Cyndi Kimmel


I find myself repeatedly drawn to Marley’s text, “I wear the chain I forged in life. I made it link by link, and yard by yard; I created it of my own free will, and of my own free will I wore it.” This statement tells us Marley’s purpose in the story, but also offers us a glimpse into the “hero’s progress” journey of healing Scrooge will experience. He too will come face to face with the chain he’s built within and around himself.

Interestingly, Scrooge’s nephew Fred describes Christmas as “the only time I know of, in the long calendar of the year, when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely, and to think of people below them as if they really were fellow-passengers to the grave, and not another race of creatures bound on other journeys.” His thought suggests there’s more than one kind of chain, and recognizing the links between humanity can be a good and beautiful thing. My goal as director is to explore the chains and links we carry and wear in a way that encourages us all, as fellow humans, to be ok with caring for ourselves and each other.

Our show is playfully performative and presented in a less formal, reader’s theatre style – in the round! We’re engaging with our whole performance space for a dynamic, creative experience. We want the audience to feel as though they’re a part of the story, fellow characters on the page, along with the actors.

Enjoy the experience of our staged reading from the comfort of your home!


How will I “enter the theatre” for the performance?

An hour before the show, you will receive a reminder from NeonOne, our ticket vendor. You will also receive an email containing a link from The Rude Mechanicals on December 7th or December 8th (depending on when you purchased tickets). Either link within these emails should take you to the show!

(Please note: When you buy tickets, the ticket vendor may prompt you to click tickets for a QR code. You don’t need this code – just the link to the event!)

You can always email us at info@rmtheatre.org if you encounter any issues.

The Cast

Narrator: Alicia Briones; Vanessa Pruitt (Kennewick performance)
Fred/First Man: Nate Blanco*
Scrooge: Andy Straub-Walden (Live-Streamed and Kennewick Performances), Gary Cook ( 12/16, 12/17); Bill Nelson* (12/15)
Bob Cratchit/Second Man: Garrick Rogers*
Gentleman 1/Third Man: Mikal Rex*
Gentleman 2/Marley: Bryan Grossman
Young Boy/Cratchit Child: Ensemble
Ghost of Christmas Past: Brianna Sacry
Dawn Gordon-Schoepflin* (12/17)
School Boy Scrooge/ Ignorance/Goose Boy: Jackson Kwak
Fan: Helen Davis*
Laundry Woman: Vivian Scott*
Fezziwig: Ben Kimmel*
Young Adult Scrooge/Old Joe: Travis Franks*
Belle/Cleaning Woman: Christy Valle*
Ghost of Christmas Present: Heather Miller
Mrs. Cratchit: Annika Rex*
Cratchit Children: Ensemble
Martha/Want: Mary Gray
Tiny Tim: Jackson Kwak
Fred’s Wife: Heather Miller*
Ghost of Christmas Future: Devin Simpson
*Ensemble, also: Damian Lewis, Mary Gray, Dominic Suggs, Candi Lyn Siemens
Street Caroler and Musician: Dominic Suggs
Director: Cyndi Kimmel
Stage Manager: Kaylan Ramirez
Scenic Design: Joe Pomponio
Creative Vision Advisors: Tamara and Joe Pomponio
Costume and Props Coordination: Jess Howard
Nutcracker Artist: Andy Straub-Walden
Stage Books Designer: Scott Bay
Movement Coach: Arlo McGowan

In-Person, December 9th, 2pm

Where and How to Find Us:

Mid-Columbia Libraries – Kennewick Branch, 1620 S Union St
This location is recommended for any of our audience members with mobility aids, as it is an ADA-compliant space.
The Library is easily accessible by public transportation. Click HERE for bus schedules.

Do I need a ticket for this performance?

No, just come on over! Just be aware that we have limited capacity for everyone’s safety.


In-Person Performances

December 15 and 16th at 7pm

December 17th at 2pm:

Where and How to Find Us:

The Space, 1384 Jadwin Ave, Richland.
The Space is easily accessible by public transportation. Click HERE for bus schedules.

Can I buy tickets at the door?

Yes! Just be aware that we have limited capacity for everyone’s safety – so it’s better to reserve your general admission tickets ahead of time.

We are grateful to our partner for our Live-Streamed Performance:

My Friends’ Place is a shelter and drop-in center for youth ages 13 – 20. We will have a donation box at our December 15-17 performances in support of their Holiday Wish List Drive. Anyone who wishes can drop off the following items:


Gift cards, Phone charging blocks and cords (iPhone and type C), Earbuds, Socks, Underwear, Pajamas/lounge pants, Blankets, Water Bottles, Backpacks, Bath Towels, Hand Towels, Umbrellas, Snacks/Food, Art Supplies, Xbox controllers, Xbox chargers, Xbox game, Baking supplies (measuring cups/spoons, pans, cookie sheets, etc.), Slippers, Toilet Paper,Paper Towels

See www.safeharborsupportcenter.org to learn more about this organization!