'A Christmas Carol' staged Dec. 3

rehearsal imageSUNY Oswego’s music and theatre departments will bring Charles Dickens’ classic “A Christmas Carol” to life in a chamber theatre performance at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3, in Tyler Hall’s Waterman Theatre.

The production will feature a cast of 23, under the direction of Mark Cole and Julie Pretzat. “The performance will be a playful and theatrical interpretation of Dickens’ tale of Ebenezer Scrooge and his journey of redemption from miser to caring citizen,” said Cole, professor and chair of theatre at SUNY Oswego.

“This chamber theatre approach emphasizes the language and storytelling aspects of the work, particularly with non-dramatic texts such as novels and stories,” Cole explained. “‘A Christmas Carol’ is at its heart a ghost story, a much-loved genre, particularly in the Victorian era, and we plan to emphasize the sense of the uncanny as Scrooge is haunted by the ghost of Jacob Marley and the three spirits.”

The result should be “an hour or so of thrilling storytelling” featuring Scrooge, the Cratchit family, the parties hosted by the Fezziwigs and Scrooge’s nephew conveyed “in the scenes and descriptions of Dickens’ superb and lively prose,” Cole said

In her musical direction, Pretzat weaves classic holiday songs into the narrative many different ways.

“We’ve incorporated many familiar Christmas Carols such as ‘Away in a Manger,’ ‘The Coventry Carol,’ ‘I Saw Three Ships’ and ‘Ding Dong, Merrily on High’ into the performance, at times as a commentary on the story and at other times as underscoring,” said Pretzat, professor and chair of music at SUNY Oswego.

“To add to the sense of playful storytelling, we begin with an arrangement of ‘The Teddy Bears’ Picnic,’” Pretzat added. “There are also vocal sound effects and atmospheric sounds, almost like a live radio show.”

Actors in the cast include Benjamin Amey, Nathaniel Angstrom, Jessica Bauer, Trevor Franklin, Allison Kleber, Lucaya Luckey-Bethany, Gloria McAndrew, Megan McGarvey, Michael Racioppa and Jessica Weiss.

Members of the SUNY Oswego State Singers participating include Jenn Andrade, Nicole Arbes, DeShaun Boyd, Sara Loiacono, Gina Mazzoli, Heather McDonald, Megan McGarvey, Jim Micucci, Terrell Mitchell, Laura Pavlus, Jon Powers, Emily Sorriento, Kris Vicencio and Dan Williams.

Stage managers are Suzayn MacKenzie and Jasmine Patterson. Assistant director is Josh Gadek. Costume design is by Kitty Macey, lighting design by Heather Berg and stage decor by Johan Godwaldt.

The performance is recommended for ages 10 and above.

Tickets for “A Christmas Carol” cost $7 ($5 for senior citizens and students, $3 for SUNY Oswego students).

For information or reservations, contact Tyler box office at 312-2141 or tickets@oswego.edu.

Persons with disabilities needing assistance to attend the performance should call the box office manager at 312-3097 in advance.

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PHOTO CAPTION: ‘Carol’ time—SUNY Oswego’s music and theatre departments will stage Charles Dickens’ classic holiday tale “A Christmas Carol” at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3, in Tyler Hall’s Waterman Theatre. The cast will include, bottom row from left, Gloria McAndrew, Mike Racioppa, Nathaniel Angstrom and Allison Kleber; and, top from left, Lucaya Luckey-Bethany, Trevor Franklin, Jessica Weiss, Jessica Bauer and Megan McGarvey.

CONTACT: Kelly Cullinan, 312-3097

(Posted: Nov 15, 2006)