A transformed Ebenezer Scrooge (Hugh Brashear) with Tiny Tim (Joakim Roussel)
in A Christmas Carol. (photo Christina Davis, HFA)
University Public Events has joined forces with CSU, Chico's Department of Theatre Arts and the College of Humanities and Fine Arts to present a grand scale, pull-out-all-the-stops production of the Charles Dickens' holiday season classic, A Christmas Carol.
Staged Thursday, December 4, and Friday, December 5, at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, December 6, at 2 and 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, December 7, at 2 and 6 p.m. in Harlen Adams Theatre, A Christmas Carol also marks the Chico directorial debut of new Department of Theatre Arts faculty member Timothy Herman.
Herman, whose forté is musical theatre, has acted in and directed many musical classics. This is the first time, however, he has worked with A Christmas Carol. He was free to choose among the many existing adaptations. To prepare, he asked himself, "What made Scrooge the way he was?" Herman describes the adaptation he chose as "actor friendly"it relies on the actors to bring life to the characters on stage. It also includes more information from the original story about the life and character of Scrooge.
Dickens' classic tale of Tiny Tim, Bob Cratchit, and the redemption of Ebenezer Scrooge, following visits by the ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future, will include beautiful Victorian-period costumes, stunning sets, numerous special effects, and holiday carols "guar- anteed to warm your heart," said Herman.
A large number of community members are participating in the play alongside Chico State students. The forty-five-member cast is a "good mix" of college students, adults from the community, and grade school-age children, said Herman.
From top: Alyssa Cose, Paul Decottignies, Joakim Roussel,
and Kaylene Beal in A Christmas Carol.
Local actor and Chico State Department of Music stage technician Hugh Brashear will play the lead role of Scrooge. Herman said that Brashear is especially good at playing the transformed Scrooge. Child actors in the play include Joakim Roussell, Alyssa Cose, Kelcie King, Graham Johnson, Eric Thorsell, Daniel Hendricks, Kaylene Beal, and Paul Decottignies.
Herman, who has worked as an actor and director in New York and London, has been impressed with the acting ability of the community members as well as Chico State students. "Actors in the community as well as at Chico State can hold their own against actors in cities much larger than Chico," said Herman.
All seats for A Christmas Carol are reserved with best seats in each of the ticket categories being sold on a first-come, first-served basis. Call the University Box Office at 898-5791 for ticket information.