Photos: DCPA's 22nd 'A Christmas Carol' begins rehearsals

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Urchins! Photo by John Moore.

A_Christmas_Carol_Tiny_Time_Elias_300A cast of more than 30 gathered Wednesday to begin rehearsals for the DCPA Theatre Company’s 22nd (nearly) annual production of A Christmas Carol. New faces mingled with veteran actors such as Philip Pleasants, who is back as Scrooge for the ninth time, and  Leslie O’Carroll, who playing Mrs. Fezziwig for the 10th time.

After playing Tiny Tim four times, Charlie Korman has aged up: He’s now playing Scrooge as a boy. Your new Tiny Tim is a lad named Elias Harger (pictured above right), who has performed locally for the Parker Arts Council and Inspire Creative, and has taken classes at the DCPA Theatre Academy.

This will be Director Bruce Sevy’s 10th helming of this “adaptation with music” written  by Richard Helleson. He said he looks forward to the job of bringing Marley (and Scrooge) back to life each solstice.

“I actually think this is a wonderful way to transition into the winter,” Sevy said. “There are times during the year when I confess that I become a scrooge, and and it’s good for me to re-find my own sense of humaity and values.” 

Sevy said there is always a great sense of family and reunion that comes with staging this annual holiday offering, and that was evident Wednesday as many cast members reunited for the first time since last year’s production, and introduced themselves to newcomers.

“There’s an interesting journey that happens as this tale works its magic on us,” said Sevy, referring both to the audience, and the creative team that presents the play.

From 1990-2004, the DCPA staged an adaptation written by Laird Williamson and Dennis Powers. In 2005, the company switched to the current version written by Helesen.

“I am really happy with this adaptation,” Sevy said. “I think it preserves Dickens’ voice and social conscience, while keeping the joy of the story. “And I think the music is remarkable for how it supports the story and lifts certain moments.”

Suzanne Yoe, the DCPA’s The DCPA Director of Marketing Services, recently researched the Theatre Company’s previous 22 stagings and discovered that while seven actors have played Scrooge over the years, nine have played Bob Cratchits and 17 have played (God-bless-him) Tiny Tim — only three have ever played Mrs. Fezziwig.

The DCPA has employed 274 children over the years, and 44 actors have played the four ghosts. Each production requires 108 costumes and 588 light cues.

Perhaps he most important statistic of all: A Christmas Carol has now played to about 770,000 patrons at the DCPA.

“They come for the ghosts and the production values,” said Sevy, “but they come for the heart as well. It pleases me that we are able to find that in this wonderful story that Dickens has created.”

To see our complete gallery of photos from the first day of ‘A Christmas Carol’ rehearsal, click here.

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Photo by John Moore.

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This will be Director Bruce Sevy’s 10th staging of Richard Hellesen’s “A Christmas Carol” for the DCPA. Photo by John Moore.

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Philip Pleasants is back for his ninth holiday go-round as the DCPA’s Ebenezer Scrooge. Photo by John Moore.

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Charlie Korman is playing Young Scrooge. Photo by John Moore.

A CHRISTMAS CAROL: Ticket information
Nov. 28-Dec. 28
Stage Theatre, Denver Performing Arts Complex
Accessible performance: 1:30 p.m., Dec. 20
Tickets: 303-893-4100 or www.denvercenter.org
Groups of 10 or more: 303-446-4829


Video: Meet Ebenezer Scrooge, as played by  Philip Pleasants.

CAST LIST:
Based on the novel by Charles Dickens
Directed by Bruce K. Sevy
Music Direction by Gregg Coffin
Orchestrations by Gregg Coffin
Choreography by Christine Rowan
Set Design by Vicki Smith
Costume Design by Kevin Copenhaver
Lighting Design by Don Darnutzer
Sound Design by Craig Breitenbach                                                                

Ebenezer Scrooge…………………………………. Philip Pleasants
Bob Cratchit ………………………………………… James Michael Reilly
Fred, Scrooge’s Nephew……………………….. M Scott McLean
Subscription Gentlemen………………………. Colin Alexander, Rodney Lizcano
A Beggar Child…………………………………… Nathaniel Kissingford
Ghost of Jacob Marley…………………………..Jeff Roark
Ghost of Christmas Past ………………………. Stephanie Cozart  Schoolmaster……………………………………….. Daniel Langhoff

Schoolboys: Edwin Harris, Ben W. Heil, Nathaniel Kissingford, Charlie Korman, Brody Lineweaver, Kellan Oliver, Max Raabe, Augie Reichert

Their Parents: Colin Alexander, Leslie Alexander, Leonard E. Barrett Jr., Timothy McCracken, Mark Lively, Jackie Vanderbeck, Shannan Steele, Erin Willis

Ebenezer the Child………………………………. Charlie Korman
Fan, Scrooge’s Sister……………………………. Anabelle Meyers
Ebenezer the Young Man …………………….. M Scott McLean
Dick Wilkins………………………………………… Allen Dorsey  Fezziwig………………………………………………. Michael Fitzpatrick
Mrs. Fezziwig………………………………………. Leslie O’Carroll  Hortense………………………………………………. Leslie Alexander
Fezziwig Daughters……………………….. Kyra Lindsay, Emma C. Martin, Shannan Steele
Their Suitors…………………… Benjamin Bonenfant, Michael Bouchard, Daniel Langhoff
A Fiddler………………………………………………. James Michael Reilly  Belle…………………………………………………….. Courtney Capek
Belle’s Husband……………………………………. Mark Lively
Ghost of Christmas Present …………………. Leonard E. Barrett Jr.
Mrs. Cratchit……………………………………….. Leslie Alexander  Martha…………………………………………………. Kyra Lindsay
Peter ……………………………………………………. Ben W. Heil  Belinda………………………………………………… Ella Galaty  Edward…………………………………………………. Max Raabe
Tiny Tim……………………………………………… Elias Harger
Fred’s Wife…………………………………………… Jackie Vanderbeck  Topper………………………………………………….. Jeffrey Roark
The Wife’s Sister…………………………………. Stephanie Cozart
Fred’s Party Guests ………………………………..Leslie O’Carroll, Michael Bouchard
Ghost of Christmas Yet To Come ………….. Allen Dorsey  Want…………………………………………………….. Olivia Sullivent  Ignorance……………………………………………… Augie Reichert  Old Joe………………………………………………… Timothy McCracken
The Undertaker’s Man…………………………. Benjamin Bonenfant
The Laundress……………………………………… Leslie O’Carroll
The Charwoman…………………………………… Stephanie Cozart
Merchants from the Exchange………… Michael Bouchard , Daniel Langhoff, Mark Lively
Street Singer……………………………………….. Erin Willis
Boy In The Street…………………………………. Edwin Harris

Ensemble: Colin Alexander, Leslie Alexander, Leonard Barrett Jr., Benjamin Bonenfant,  Michael Bouchard, Courtney Capek, Stephanie Cozart, Allen Dorsey, Michael Fitzpatrick,  Ella Galaty, Edwin Harris, Ben W. Heil, Nathaniel Kissingford, Charlie Korman, Daniel Langhoff, Kyra Lindsay, Brody Lineweaver, Rodney Lizcano, Timothy McCracken, M Scott McLean Anabelle Meyers, Kellan Oliver, Augie Reichert, Olivia Sullivent, Leslie O’Carroll, Max Raabe, Jeffrey Roark, Shannan Steele, David Tomczak, Jackie Vanderbeck, Erin Willis

Voice & Dialect Coach:  Kathy Maes
Stage Manager:  Christopher C. Ewing
Assistant Stage Managers:  Matthew Campbell and Paul Behrhorst
Production Interns: Natalie Kratochvil, Shad Sutton, Daniel Rios
Children’s Supervisor: Lauren LaCasse

DID YOU SEE THIS? A CHRISTMAS O’CARROLL


Last year, veteran Mrs Fezziwig Leslie O’Carroll, performed Charles Dickens’ classic as a solo piece … in just five minutes. Film by John Moore.

MORE ‘MEET THE CAST’ VIDEOS:
(Returning actors from 2013. New episodes to come!)


Leonard Barrett
is back to haunt Scrooge’s dreams as the Ghost of Christmas Present. 


Stephanie Cozart
is reprising her role as The Ghost of Christmas Past.
 


M Scott McLean
plays Sctrooge as a young man, and Scrooge’s nephew, Fred
.


Charlie Korman is now playing Scrooge as a young boy for 2014.


Kyra Lindsay
is back to play Martha.

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