While the Church Hill Theatre stage remains dark, its artistic community has worked hard to find Covid-appropriate ways to reach loyal supporters. They decided that the Orson Welles radio script of A Christmas Carol, first performed by the Mercury Theatre on Christmas Eve, 1939, would be their gift to the community. The ZOOM production will air at 8 pm on Friday, December 18 and Saturday, December 19, with a matinee at 2 pm on Sunday, December 20. Tickets ($15) are available at the CHT website: churchhilltheatre.org
Ticket holders can “tune in” before the show to see rehearsal photos, actors’ headshots, sponsor credits, and other useful information about the production. Once the 60-minute broadcast starts, you will see only Scrooge’s front door and be asked to imagine a bleak Christmas Eve in London, with Scrooge tormented by the ghosts of past, present and future Christmases. As always, in this beloved story, Scrooge emerges a changed man, encouraging us all to embody the spirit of Christmas.
Kathy Jones is making her Church Hill Theatre directing debut, with support from an outstanding cast. The actors are: Narrator: Howard Mesick, Child's voice/child/boy: Liam Wallace, Scrooge: Toph Wallace, Bob Cratchit: Robert McGrory, Fred: Connor Christopher, Gentleman 1: John Beck, Marley: Howard Mesick, Ghost of Christmas Past: Maya McGrory, Fezziwig: John Beck, Belle:
Sarah Wright, Belle's husband: John Beck, Mrs. Cratchit: Sarah Wright, Martha: Haley Melton, Ghost of Christmas Present: Marcia Gilliam, Tiny Tim: Liam Wallace, and Gentleman 2/Young Scrooge: Connor Christopher.
The production team includes Kat Melton, Doug Kauffman, Michelle Christopher, Shelagh Grasso, Michael Whitehill, and Steve Atkinson.
Time: 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm