A Christmas Carol at Home 2023: A Live-Streamed Performance

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About The Show:

by Artistic Director Cyndi Kimmel

 Integral to my directing process is a structural breakdown of the text’s plot and story: its beginning, middle, and end. I thought a lot about each of these textual elements in preparing for auditions and rehearsals, and we had insightful text-based conversations as a production team and cast. Here’s some of what we gleaned:

 

The beginning is, in a word, Decay.
“Marley was dead to begin with.” (Chapter 1: Marley’s Ghost)

 

The middle of the play is Reckoning.
“‘What,’ exclaimed the Ghost, ’would you so soon put out, with worldly hands, the light I give?’” (Chapter 2: The First of the Three Spirits)

 

The ending: Choice.
“Holding up his hands in a last prayer to have his fate reversed, he saw an alteration in the Phantom’s hood and dress. It shrunk, collapsed, and dwindled down into a bedpost.” (Chapter 4: The Last of the Spirits)

 

We discovered how essential finding and choosing the light is. Paradoxically, without simultaneously recognizing the darkness, we perhaps fail to understand the call for light. Linking the two, the light and dark, we more fully receive the hope and joy not only in Dickens’ beloved story but also in ourselves and each other.

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CAST

Narrator: Alicia Briones
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* (12/9, 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

STAFF

Director: Cyndi Kimmel
Stage Manager: Kaylan Ramirez
Scenic Design: Joe Pomponio
Creative Vision Advisors: Tamara and Joe Pomponio
Costume and Props Coordination: Jess Howard
Sound Operator: Joshua Verduzco
Nutcracker Artist: Andy Straub-Walden
Stage Books Designer: Scott Bay
Movement Coach: Arlo McGowan
Technical Director: Steve Wiley and Arts Center Task Force Staff and Volunteers – thank you!
Front of House Staff: Liz Fenstermaker, Jess Howard, Mary Kasma, Emily Richman, Drew Tolley
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ABOUT THE PLAY

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.

SHOW TIME: Friday, December 8th, 7:00pm PST

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