Seen here are Bill Warncke (Bob Cratchit) and Ted Yudain (Ebenezer Scrooge) rehearsing a scene from Curtain Call's production of SCROOGE, the Musical, playing in The Kweskin Theatre, Stamford, November 18 to December 17. (contributed photo)
Charles Dickens’ classic tale of redemption – “A Christmas Carol” – comes alive in a musical adaptation called simply, Scrooge, which will play in Curtain Call’s Kweskin Theatre in Stamford.
Beginning November 18, area residents will be treated to a cast of 44 singing, dancing and sharing the joy of the holiday season with the Leslie Bricusse musical, Scrooge - a wonderful musical rewriting of a well-known story. It takes Charles Dickens' themes and augments them with haunting melodies and lively dance numbers, but remains true to the ultimate story and message that the novel originated.
“I remember seeing the 1951 Alastair Sim film version on TV when I was very young…watching it late night every Christmas Eve became a family ritual,” said Lou Ursone, Curtain Call executive director and producer for this show. “This is a timeless story that deserves to be told and retold, so I’m thrilled to have it on our schedule this season,” Ursone added.
There have been countless adaptations (plays, films and musicals) of this story of lost opportunities and ultimate redemption with thousands of performances of them presented each holiday season. Included among them is a musical Curtain Call has twice presented -The Three Scrooges – loosely based on the comic style of The Three Stooges characters.
Speaking about the larger cast for Scrooge, Ursone said, “We had so many talented young performers audition for this production that we created two alternating teams of kids each to work with the 22 adults.” Directing this large group is Stamford resident, Kari Ann Sweeney Efferen, who helmed the theatre’s wildly popular Spring 2016 production of Little Shop of Horrors. Others on the creative team include Eric K. Johnston as music director, Julia Maggiola as choreographer, Peter Barbieri, Jr. – set design, Adam Lobelson – lighting design, and costume designers, Merial Cornell and Mary Joan Wright.
The eponymous leading character of Scrooge, the musical, is played by Ted Yudain, in Curtain Call's production playing in The Kweskin Theatre, Stamford, November 18 to December 17. (contributed photo)
The cast includes, from STAMFORD: Ian Barto, Jim Chiles, Sabatino Cruz, Kristina DeLelle, Lola Duhov, Michael Kraus, Tessa Kurtz, Kristin Morrow, Katie Priscott, Owen Priscott, Sean Pultz, Caitlin Reynolds, Elizabeth Riordan, Lila Robotti, Lidiia Satunkina, Marie Sharavarnyk, Chloe Simner, Wil Trebing, Ted Yudain; DARIEN: James Hoffman, Pasquale Hoffman; FAIRFIELD: Zoe Bebon, Abby Sara Dahan, Ainsley Dahlstrom, Marie Fulda, Maggie Kruse; GREENWICH: Mike Shanahan; NEW CANAAN: Maya Srinivasan; NEWTOWN: Sarah Peterson; NORWALK: Sarah Kadlick, Nicole Monahan, Bill Warncke; OLD GREENWICH: Lauren Mickley, Sarah Mickley; RIDGEFIELD: Janice Rudolph; STRATFORD: Molly Forker, Nora Watson, Virgil Watson; TRUMBUL: Lucas Cafaro; WESTPORT: Meaghan Elliot; WILTON: Daniella Sallese; RYE, NY: Bob Praid; SOUTH SALEM: Anmarie Galgano, Madeline Galgano.
Scrooge will play in The Kweskin Theatre from November 18 through December 17, evenings at 7:30pm and Sunday afternoons at 2:00pm. Doors open one half hour before curtain time. Regular prices are $32 for adults, $25 for senior citizens and $16 for students and children. Thursday evenings, December 1, 8 and 15 – all seats $25. Discounted FLEX PASSES are available as well and offer significant savings. Box Office: 203-461-6358 or online at www.curtaincallinc.com.
Scrooge is not the only holiday offering from this busy nonprofit theatre company: A Merry Mulberry Street Musical, which had its world premiere there in 2009, is back for a fifth production in the company's Dressing Room Theatre, also at Sterling Farms. Written by Ursone who is also featured in the production, performances will be held December 1 through 17, though, as of press time, several dates are already sold out.
More information is available at www.curtaincallinc.com or by calling 203-461-6358. Curtain Call is the non-profit community-based theatre company in residence at The Sterling Farms Theatre Complex, 1349 Newfield Avenue in Stamford. Year-round productions and workshops are presented by and for area residents in The Kweskin Theatre and The Dressing Room Theatre. Curtain Call was voted Fairfield County's BEST LOCAL THEATRE GROUP ten years running in the Annual Readers' Poll of The Fairfield County Weekly and has received similar BEST OF awards from Stamford Magazine and StamfordPlus magazine for 2008 through 2016. Curtain Call received The Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts in 2011 and the 2016 ACE Award for Excellence in Arts & Culture from the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County.