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By Randy Dodson
FCE Contributing Writer 

ST. JOHN'S CONSERVATORY THEATER'S 'CHRISTMAS CAROL' TRADITION

Annual Dickens' Classic Returns Bigger, Better Than Ever

 

Last updated 1/1/2017 at 7:16am | View PDF

Ebenezer Scrooge, played by O'Donnell,

St. John's Conservatory Theater presents their annual holiday production of BRAZILLIA R. KREEP'S Christmas Carol, a fully staged theatrical adaptation of the Charles Dickens' iconic classic A Christmas Carol. With book, music, and lyrics by award-winning writer and composer Richard O'Donnell (under his nom de plum Brazillia R. Kreep), this awe-inspiring, side-splitting, toe-tapping musical promises to be a real treat for the entire family.

Returning to an imaginary Victorian town in 1843, Ye Ole St. Lawrence, where a miserly Ebenezer Scrooge, played by O'Donnell, "Bah Humbugs" the Christmas spirit to the dismay of his co-worker, family and friends. Comical ghosts from his past, present, and future appear to dance, sing, and even scare some sense into the ill-tempered man. With a large cast of locals, celebrated costumes, and magnificent sets, BRAZILLIA R. KREEP'S Christmas Carol is a sight to behold.

"This is Scrooge meets Saturday Night Live," remarks director Christopher Dwyer. "It's bigger, better and funnier than ever with over a dozen expertly orchestrated songs and a super talented cast hailing from all over the North Country. Technically speaking, things have improved considerably over the years. The multi-leveled stage has been rebuilt, a new lighting system implemented, and microphones installed assuring a real state-of-the-art theatrical experience."

BRAZILLIA R. KREEP'S Christmas Carol has over 24 cast members and stars O'Donnell as Scrooge, Stephen Chambers as Jacob Marley, Tessa Harper as Thelma Plum (Ghost of Been There Done That), Angela Dwyer as Matilda Pift (Ghost of Christmas Presents), Hailey Weber as Elvira Fripple (Scrooge's old love interest), Brandon Bogart as Fezziwig, Rachel O'Donnell as Mrs. Fezziwig. The Cratchit Family stars Christopher Dwyer as Bob, Shelly Murdock as Emily, Myah Myers as Martha, Cadence Payne as Bella, and Dee Bellinger as Tiny Tina. The Street Urchins are portrayed by Sloane Ryan as Nipper, Jillian LeBel as Cager, Meghan Gardner as Dolly, Macy Murdock as Scraps, Grant Brunet as Rusty, Chris Rodriguez as Spider, Caroline Silver as Dustbin, and Sophia Silver as Stepintime. Carolers star Rachel O'Donnell as Mrs. Sparkles, Brandon Bogart as Mr. Sparkles, Madison Miller as Mary Sparkles, Delia Payne as Lizzy Sparkles, Cadence Payne as Ethel Sparkles, Myah Myers as Bessie Sparkles, Gabriella Ott as Florence Sparkles, and Philomena Bullock as Dandelion.

"As we do every year, we've recreated the principal wardrobes," says Costume Designer Karen Fischbeck. "They're more authentic and spectacular than ever. We have a crew of five hard working artists such as the very talented Ann Losurdo and Heron Hetzler. Each seamstress adds their own unique vision to the actor's ambiance. After costumes are adjusted, wigs and make-up applied, it's simply thrilling to watch the character's come to life onstage."

SJCT principal creative staff includes Executive Producer Mr. O'Donnell, Director Christopher Dwyer, Musical Director and Choreographer Angela Conzone Dwyer, Arranger and Orchestrator Ryan C. McNally, Scenic and Prop Designer Stephen Chambers, Costume and Makeup Designer Karen Fischbeck (Heuvelton), additional Costumes by Ann Losurdo and Heron Hetzler, Stage Manager Shelly Murdock, Sound Technician Angela Rodriguez, and Props Master Tonya Ott. Collectively they have over five decades of professional theatrical and academic experience including regional, stock, bus and truck, off-off-Broadway, off-Broadway, and Broadway stages.

Other vital SJCT personnel includes Rector Dr. Fr. Michael O'Donnell, assistant Technical Director Ryan Woodard, assistant Props Emma Murray, assistant Costumer Hannah Gardner, house manager Sheila LaMere, and general manager Bill LaMere.

BRAZILLIA R. KREEP'S Christmas Carol runs December 9, 10, 16 & 17 at 7pm and 11, 18 at 2pm and tickets are available electronically at brownpapertickets.com for $10.00 (under TWIST or ST. JOHN'S CONSERVATORY THEATER) or at the door the night of the performances for a suggested donation of $15. For more information, please visit St. John's Conservatory Theater's Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/stjohnsconservatorytheater.

ST. JOHN'S CONSERVATORY THEATER is a not-for- profit company of actors, artisans, and artists. It is our vision to create educational, inspirational, and professional opportunities for local talent of all ages while presenting original musicals based on literature and legend.

 

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