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Scrooge the Musical

a Musical Comedy
CATEGORY : COMEDY MUSICAL
by Leslie Bricusse

COMPANY : Onstage Atlanta, Inc. [WEBSITE]
VENUE : Onstage Atlanta on Ponce [WEBSITE]
ID# 5005

SHOWING : November 25, 2016 - December 18, 2016

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PRODUCTION DESCRIPTION

Music & Lyrics by Leslie Bricusse based on Charles Dickens’ "A Christmas Carol"

The Classic Christmas Tale With Hilarious Heart

CAST:
Russ Ivey as Scrooge
Barry West as Christmas Present/Jollygoode
Darrell Wofford as Tom Jenkins
Hannah Chatham as Isabelle/Helen/ensemble
Maddie Arthur as Christmas Past/ensemble
Loren Collins as Ebenezer/Topper/ensemble
Scott Rousseau as Harty/Mr Fezziwig
Katy Clarke as Mrs Fezziwig/ensemble
Amy Morrow as Mrs Cratchit/ensemble
Jack Allison as Cratchit/ensemble
Charlie Miller as Jacob Marley
Ben Humphrey as Fred/ensemble
Paul Spadafora as Pringle/ensemble
Hannah Hyde as Miss Dilber/ensemble
Lisa Gordon as Mrs Dilber/ensemble
Sara Lynn Herman as Bissett/ensemble
Amy Levin as Mary/ensemble
Angie Short as Beggar woman/ensemble
Blake Buehled as Dick Wilkins/ensemble
Nikki Kim as ensemble
Dominic Cullen as Tim
Kate Fredrickson as Kathy
Alice Reed as Fan
Zach Keubker as Ebby/Peter
Taylor Smith-Ware as Janine
Celia Reed as Martha
Isaiah Shepherd as Turkey Boy/urchin
Nicholas Palmeros as Turkey Boy/urchin
Courtlyn Bowens-Richard as urchin
Lucy Thurmond as urchin
Sydney Lecoin as urchin
Anaiah Roberts as urchin
Nina Thurmond as urchin


CAST & CREW LIST
Director Cathe Hall Payne
Drummer/Percussionist L. Gerard Reid
Bob Cratchit/Ensemble Jack Allison
Christmas Past/Ensemble Maddie Arthur
Isabelle/Helen/Ensemble Hannah Lake Chatham
Young Ebenezer/Topper/Ensemble Loren Collins
Ebenezer Scrooge Russ D. Ivey
Jacob Marley Charlie Miller
Fezziwig/Harty Scott F. Rousseau
Christmas Present/Jollygoode Barry N. West
Tom Jenkins Darrell Wofford
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REVIEWS

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God Bless Us, Every One!
by notoriousdad
Tuesday, December 20, 2016
4.0
I arrived with high expectations as the 1970 Albert Finney version of Scrooge is by far my favorite (and a family tradition)! Congratulations to the cast and crew of the OnStage Atlanta production, Scrooge the Musical.

My only complaint of note was some musical numbers where the music overwhelmed the voices of the soloists. But that was not the norm and my whole party noted that it seemed to only occur in Act 1.

The roles of Scrooge, Cratchit, and Tom are so very important to this telling. They keep the show moving and imbue humor and personality to the telling of the story. All three were well performed by their respective actors on closing night. The other roles and ensemble parts were equally well-cast with costumes, on stage demeanor, and acting that fit the parts. One note to an unknown cast member (I am guessing a Cratchit kid who doubled as a spirit)...the spirit who entered from stage left had the most wonderfully eerie movements as it moved toward Mr. Scrooge. They were captivating to watch.

Best to you all. Thank you for the respite from hectic days and for putting my in the holiday spirit. Merry Christmas! [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]
Caroling, Caroling
by playgoer
Friday, December 16, 2016
4.0
Leslie Bricusse’s adaptation of Dickens’ "A Christmas Carol" omits some elements of the original story and enhances others to provide musical moments. It works well, particularly in Cathe Hall Payne’s staging on the lovely London street scene set designed by Angie Short and painted by Katy Clarke (both of whom also appear in the show). Jane Kroessig’s colorful costumes add to the visual appeal of the production, providing distinct looks for each role taken on by the actors of the ensemble (which is pretty much everyone in the cast, aside from Russ Ivey’s Scrooge and Charlie Miller’s Marley).

Music Director Paul Tate has gotten a good choral sound out of the ensemble, but Amy Levin’s sound design sometimes allows the orchestra to overpower individual singers, particularly in Russ Ivey’s early solos. Lighting, designed by Elisabeth Cooper, proves effective throughout, but, as usual at Onstage Atlanta, is a little uneven along the lip of the stage.

Accents are a mixed bag in the show, which supposedly takes place in London. The accents of the Cratchits (Jack Allison and Amy Morrow as the parents; Kate Fredrickson and Dominic Cullen as the two primary children) are all pretty good and pretty consistent. Maddie Arthur, as the Ghost of Christmas Past, is unequalled in her accent, and her performance and singing voice delight. Most of the ensemble do a good facsimile of British accents too. Scrooge (Mr. Ivey), Marley (Charlie Miller), and the Ghost of Christmas Present (Barry N. West), however, use community theatre accents that fade in and out and sound as much American as they do English.

Performances are all good, although Mr. West seemed to be struggling with his lines at the late performance I attended. Mr. Ivey’s physical posture and expressions are a wonder throughout, and he mines the few moments of comedy available to his character. His performance anchors the show, and proves more than the "acceptable, believable and enjoyable" he hopes for in his program bio. Darrell Wofford, whose character functions primarily as lead singer in several songs, also impresses with his stage presence.

The show owes its success in large part to its directors - Cathe Hall Payne for the overall production and Abra Thurmond for the talented children in the cast. The cast give their all, performing Misty Barber Tice’s fairly simple choreography with gusto, but it is the director who has given them permission to create clear-cut characters and has encouraged them to make the London street brim over with life. "Scrooge the Musical" delights in many ways, enlivening Charles Dickens’ story with song and dance performed with professionalism, all while letting the holiday lessons of the story ring through. [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]


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