It’s ‘A Christmas Carol’ time again

BOWLING GREEN, O.—A Bowling Green State University tradition returns as the Department of Theatre and Film presents its newest adaptation of the holiday classic “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens. Performances are at 8 p.m. Dec. 3-6 and at 2 p.m. Dec. 6 and 7 in the Eva Marie Saint Theatre of University Hall.
 
The classic tale of redemption follows the powerful story of Ebenezer Scrooge, the lonely miser who, with help from ghosts from his Christmases past, present and future, finds a second chance to become a loving, generous person.
 
Single tickets are $12 for adults and students, $6 for children under 12, and $5 for senior citizens 65 and older. Special $25 family ticket packages for “A Christmas Carol” will be offered in celebration of the city of Bowling Green’s 175th anniversary. The package includes two adult tickets and up to three children’s tickets.
 
For tickets, call the theatre box office at 2-2719. Free parking is available in Lot A, next to University Hall, for all performances.
 
This adaptation of “A Christmas Carol,” featuring authentic period carols, was written by Margaret McCubbin, an associate professor, and is directed by Geoff Stephenson, an adjunct assistant professor, both of the theatre and film department. Junior film production major Brent Winzek of Huntingdon, Pa., is the assistant director, and senior theatre major Hillary Gibson of Holland, Ohio, is the stage manager.
 
The production stars senior theatre major Cory Stonebrook of Mentor as Scrooge; freshman musical theatre major Jeremy Braley of Maineville and first year master’s student in vocal performance Hilary Maiberger of Yucaipa, Calif., as Mr. and Mrs. Crachit, and Andelus Elwazani of Bowling Green as Tiny Tim, along with senior theatre major Kelly Rogers of Tallmadge, theatre doctoral student Darin Kerr of Grand Forks, N.D., and sophomore theatre major Nelson Aviles of Cleveland Heights as the ghosts of Christmases past, present and future, respectively.
 
BGSU students from northwest Ohio in the cast include seniors Ali Schmidt of Toledo and Carrie Williams of Perrysburg, junior Brandy Tell of Bowling Green, sophomore Nathan Zbikowski of Holland and freshman Zach Navarre of Toledo, all theatre majors; juniors Ashley Brown of Defiance and Tina Hogan of Celina, and freshmen Cole Conway of Lima, Jarrod Goad of Toledo and Nicole Navarre of Haskins, all musical theatre majors; and freshman Lorelei Owens of Toledo, a political science major.
 
Local youths Jimmy Bingman, Daniel Cagle, Baxter Chambers, Truman Chambers, Megan Claire Christopher, Grace Easterly, Layan Elwazani, Scarlet Frishman, Skylar Frishman and Rachel Piasecki will play the Cratchit children and other youngsters.

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(Posted November 21, 2008 )