Charles Dickens’ timeless holiday ghost story is gracing the stage at The Owen Theatre from December 6-22, in musical form! Presented by The Players Theatre Company, the classic tale comes to life through songs, both whimsical and heartbreaking, and dance routines that will have you swaying in your seat. It is a complicated production with many moving parts, but directors Roger Ormiston and Amber Babcock have put together an incredibly talented and hard-working cast and crew that is up to the task.
The tale centers around the curmudgeonly Ebenezer Scrooge, played by Rex Comer, who has delighted audiences as a vocalist for decades, but is making his theatrical debut right here on the Owen stage! Scrooge, a cold-hearted miser without a kind word or a generous act to spare for anybody, is visited by the ghost of his old business partner and last friend, Jacob Marley, brought to life by fan favorite Kat Gilcrease, recently seen playing Gomez Addams in The Addams Family, and Franz Liebkind in The Producers, both produced by Stage Right. Marley warns Scrooge that the greedy way they lived their lives leads to a torturous and lonely afterlife. In order to spare his friend the same fate he suffers in death, he sends to Scrooge three ghosts in order to convince him of a better way to live.
The Ghost of Christmas Past, a role that introduces affable Carl Marshall to the community stage, reminds Scrooge of his humble beginnings, and of the people he loved before his heart grew cold.
The Ghost of Christmas Present, played by Hannah Gilchriest, a bubbly young woman who last joined the Players as Joanie in Happy Days, gives Scrooge a peek into what Christmas is like for the people in his life, including his clerk, tender and hard-working Bob Cratchit. Cratchit is played by Christopher St. James, a familiar face in Conroe’s theater scene, who has recently warmed our hearts as Harold Hill in CCT’s production of Music Man, as Professor Bhaer in The Players’ Little Women, and most recently as one of the Disciples in The Players’ production of Godspell. Scrooge is introduced to the struggles and strengths of the Cratchit family, including sweet and sickly Tiny Tim, played by nine-year-old Alayna Yerian, who over the past year has sung and danced her way into the hearts of Conroe theater-goers in Stage Right’s productions of Cinderella and Annie, and who came away with a Montie Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for her role as Molly in Annie.
Finally, Scrooge is confronted by the Ghost of Christmas Future, the most terrifying specter of all, brought to life by young Lauren Orsak, new to The Players, but no stranger to the stage, having most recently played Martha in Arsenic and Old Lace and Golde in Fiddler on the Roof, both as produced by AD Players. This ghost shows Scrooge what his future holds if he refuses to let his heart be moved.
“What I want people to notice about this production,” said Ormiston in a candid interview, “is the great variety of people involved in the show. Some have been with us for a long time. Some used to be involved and have come back to work on this show. Some have been involved with theatre in other venues. Some are new to theatre altogether. This is what community theatre is all about!”
Join the many local families who have already made The Players’ Christmas performance part of their annual holiday tradition. Audiences, young and old, will be awed and touched by this beloved holiday classic.
A Christmas Carol – The Musical will be presented at The Owen Theatre, located at 225 Metcalf Street Conroe, TX 77305. The play runs 90 minutes long, with no intermission. Performance dates are December 6, 2019 through December 22, 2019, Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 2pm. An additional Thursday performance has been placed on the schedule for December 19 at 8pm. Tickets can be purchased at owentheatre.com, or by calling the box office at 936.539.4090 between 3-6pm, Tuesday through Friday.
And of course, in the immortal words of Tiny Tim, “God bless us, every one!”