Alliance presents a new staging of a Christmas carol
A CHRISTMAS CAROL, the Alliance Theatre’s annual holiday production, returns to the Alliance Theater Coca-Cola Stage from November 12 to December 24, 2021.
Directed by Leora Morris, this year’s screenplay debuts after five years of development with the David H. Bell adapter. The production is reinvented with an elaborate new staging, stunning new costumes, beautiful live music, thrilling puppets, and reimagined decor. As one of Atlanta’s most treasured vacation traditions, A CHRISTMAS CAROL brings the magic and joy of the vacation season to life.
“Over the past two years, we’ve all learned new role models. Some by choice, others by necessity. And in the midst of all that has changed, many of us cherish more than ever what has remained. same, “said Jennings Hertz artistic director of Alliance, Susan V. Booth.” For this year’s production A CHRISTMAS CAROL, while the setting is new and the direction is new, the story is what we know and love. And there is something that seems so right about it. To return to the known, with the shared realities that have changed us, and to come together again to listen to a familiar story. “
In A CHRISTMAS CAROL, Ebenezer Scrooge, an old man well known for his stingy ways, is visited by ghosts offering him a chance for a brighter future – his former partner Jacob Marley and the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future – who learns -to him that it is never too late to change. Dickens’ beloved classic comes to life in this Broadway-scale production.
Returning to the cast, but for the first time as Ebenezer Scrooge, acclaimed Atlanta actor Andrew Benator is acclaimed. Benator’s credits include five previous rounds of A Christmas Carol playing Jacob Marley. Some of his other credits at the Alliance Theater include Small Mouth Sounds, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and Troubadour.
The Alliance is also pleased to present 12-year-old Chloe Gia Bremer as Tiny Tim, the third actress to play the role. Bremer has appeared in productions by The Music Man Jr., Annie Jr., Frozen Jr. and Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory Jr., and also starred in Madeline’s Christmas at the Horizon Theater in 2019.
The cast is completed by Austin Barocas as Lamplighter’s Son, Caleb Baumann as Matthew Watkins, Maggie Birgel as Martha Cratchit / Belle, Lena Castro as Wyatt Cratchit, Josh Clark as Fred / Young Scrooge, Thomas Neal Antwon Ghant as Tom Watkins / Mr. Fezziwig / Topper, Christopher Hampton as Mr. Pritchitt, Caitlin Hargraves as Missy Watkins / Bess / Mudge, Margaret Ivey as Mrs. Dilber / Mrs. Fezziwig, Clare Latham as Mrs. Cratchit, Rhyn McLemore as Ghost of Christmas Past, Christopher L. Morgan as Bob Cratchit, Matthew Morris as Jacob Marley, Lizzie Park as Melinda Cratchit, Kevin Qian as Peter Cratchit / Young Wilkins, Lyndsay Ricketson as Ghost of Christmas Future, Asia Rogers as Alice / Fan, and Eugene H. Russell, IV as Ghost of Christmas Present. The liners for this production include Jake Berne, Elizabeth Beyer, Chase Byrd, James Arthur Douglas, Marissa Dunson, Jessi Little and Parris Sarter.
In addition to director Leora Morris and adapter David H. Bell, the Alliance’s creative production team includes associate director Tinashe Kajese-Bolden, sound designer Clay Benning, set designer Todd Rosenthal, designer costumes Mariann Verheyen, lighting designer Greg Hofmann, composer Kendall Simpson, dialect trainer Tangela Large, fight choreographer / intimacy trainer Amelia Fischer and musical director Greg Matteson. The puppet design for A CHRISTMAS CAROL was provided by Tom Lee and Blair Thomas. Delbert Hall is the director of puppet flights.
Musicians include Music Director Greg Matteson (keyboard 1), Noah Johnson (cello), Eric Baumgartner (keyboard 2) and Benito Thompson (violin).
The A CHRISTMAS CAROL production team includes Stage Manager Liz Campbell, Assistant Stage Managers Anna Baranski, Shaina Pierce and Skylar Burks, Stage Production Assistant Amanda Perez, Young Performer Supervisor Kate Walsh, General Producer Amanda Watkins and COVID Coordinator Haylee Scott.
Performances are from November 12 to December 24, 2021. Dates and times vary. See the list of performances below or check online at www.alliancetheatre.org/christmas for the schedule. The opening night of A Christmas Carol will take place on Saturday, November 20 at 8 p.m. Tickets are available at the Woodruff Arts Center box office in person or by calling 404-733-4600. Tickets are also available online at www.alliancetheatre.org/christmas. Discounted rates for groups of 10 or more are available by calling 404.733.4690.