So we are in the final few days of rehearsal for A CHRISTMAS CAROL and we get walloped with a 2-day snow storm!
The cast has largely been undaunted by this. They have been showing up to rehearsal with huge energy and we have literally and figuratively been plowing through. We have had a great time singing songs and putting together a show that captures the spirit of the Christmas Season with Dickens’ timeless tale of ghostly redemption. It really is a lot of fun.
This is the first time we have done a major production on this scale outside of our normal season.
While the cast features a number of seasoned professionals, the real treat is the energetic performances of the younger cast members – many of whom are making their first foray into theatre. The youngest member of the cast is 4 the oldest is in their 70’s. Despite the range of ages, everyone in the cast is clearly relishing in the production. One of my favorite moments in the show is when the cast joins Tiny Tim and the Cratchits in singing ‘What Child is This’.
At the heart of this production is Bruce Chuvala- who plays Ebenezer Scrooge. Bruce is a fixture at the Parkway Playhouse and his Scrooge is wonderful and the transformation from a Christmas-averse miser to #1 Holiday-enthusiast is unforgettable. I have seen actors throw themselves into a role-but Bruce has gone all out.
We are all nervous about the show – not just the normal we are about to open jitters but that we will have no audience because of the fear of more bad weather. So get the word out, and come and see the snow….