A Christmas Carol
What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world, yet loses his soul?
December 9th - 17th at the North 4th Theatre
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Cindy Hatley as the School Mistress, Caroler
Lindsay Hafenrichter as Ebeneezer's Mother, Caroler
Vicki Singer as Mrs. Fezziwig
Kendra McMillan, Caroler
Grave Obits by: Nikki Morrison, Vicki Singer, Isaac Garcia and Beau Brazfield
Children: Kylie Brett, Jordan McMillan, Celia Morrison, Chloe Rickerman, Lucy Swanson, Mia Swanson, Ava Sowers
The elite Company
Kira Akmajian, McKenna Beck, Alysson Bugos, Beau Brazfield, Isaac Garcia, Tianna Garcia, Kariana Gonzalez, Alex Harden, Melee Hardy, Jessica Keith, Jordan McMillan, Alyssa Lamb, Tim Nguyen, Esther Michnovicz, Nikki Morrison, Megan Rede, Carissa Richey, Coryn Richey, Grace Salazar, Rachel Salazar, Cara Sowers, Drew Sowers, Alicia Swanson, Audrey Swanson, Vanessa Trujillo, Alyssa Williams
The elite Company consists of professional and pre-professional artists that are committed to learning, training, teaching and performing their craft with elite Dance & Theatre.
Scene One - Christmas Eve
Scene Two - Mr. Marley Pays a Visit
Scene Three - The Ghost of Christmas Past
Scene One - The Ghost of Christmas Present
Scene Two - The Cratchits
Scene Three - A Life Lived for Himself
Scene Four - The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come
Scene Five - Future for the Cratchits
Scene Six - Future for Ebeneezer
Scene Seven - A Change in Ebeneezer
Scene Eight - Christmas Day
Story Adaptation by Cheri Costales
Direction by Cheri Costales
Drama Direction by Cheri Costales and Cara Sowers
Choral Direction by Cindy Hatley
Stage Management by Cathy Costales
Production Management by Stephanie Rickerman
Backstage Management by Tina Mesa
Lighting Design by Ben Costales
Sound by Matt Ramsey
Costumes by Cheri Costales, Erin Morrison, Jeanette Pacheco, Linda Downum, Judy Brewster and Tracey Meisenheimer
Dialect Coaching by Steve Corona
Lobby and Reception by Lillian Garcia and Erin Morrison
Box Office by Michelle Brett and Donna Bugos
Ushers by Rene Rede
Choral Arrangement for "One Still Night" by Alex Harden
Photography and Promotional Photos by Two Brunos Photography
Videography by Nick Bennet and William Ernst
Thank you to our partners:
From the Director
A crucial concept that I teach in my dance classes and keep in mind when writing a story or staging a scene is how important transitions are. When done well, you don't notice them. But when they are not done well, the story loses it's power, it's flow, and it's ability to keep the participants in the moment. Transitions are game changers.
Our lives are in constant transition, are they not? Friends come in and out of our lives, jobs change, surprises (good and bad) happen. events move us in directions we had not expected, the loss of a loved one, children grow up, conflicts arise....the list goes on and on. Transitions are truly game changers. The ground shifts underneath us and we are forced to find a new normal. We adjust whether we want to or not and life goes on until the next transition! Is it not a comfort to know that in all of our human frailties and transitions, there are things outside of us that never change? Solid ground that we can firmly plant our feet on when everything else feels like sinking sand. Eternal truths that don't change and will never change. Those are things we cling to when all else is a raging storm around us.
That is what our story is about. The transformation of Ebeneezer Scrooge. Ebeneezer's transition from darkness to light is painful and scary and bitter (or bitter sweet) at times as he is faced with what his life is and what it could become. I know that in my own life, sometimes I wish I could just skip to the end. I want to bypass the painful and scary parts. But those are the parts that make us human. Those are the parts that work something in our hearts, in our souls and in our minds. They grow us up, they give us perspective, they show us who we really are and what our deepest needs are. How can we be grateful for the light if we are not stuck in the darkness, desperate for someone to turn on the light? Darkness makes us long for the light.
As we journey with Ebeneezer Scrooge through his transformation, I am sure that many of us will identify in some small way with the transitions that he experiences. May we also see the truths and find the same hope that the ghosts reveal to a most miserable man in need of saving.
The call is being given. May we, like Ebeneezer, take heed and step into the light.
Cheri has been writing scripts and directing shows for the elite Company for over fifteen years. Her writing mostly consists of derivative work, adapting stories to work for dance theatre (The Picture of Dorian Gray, A Christmas Carol, Dracula, Peter Pan, The Scarlet Letter, Cinderella, The Jungle Book, Beauty and the Beast). Her most recent work has included original scripts of, "The Shoe Room" about WWII and victims of the Holocaust, and "The Problem With Fairies" and "Benny & the Supersquad" for the elite Kids Theatre Projects.