The Riverfront Playhouse set to open ‘A Christmas Carol’ in December
For the 23rd consecutive year, The Riverfront Playhouse at 11-13 South Water Street Mall in downtown Aurora will present their own original version of A Christmas Carol. This year’s performances begin Friday, December 9 at 8pm, with additional shows on Saturday, December 10 at 8, Sunday, December 11 at 3pm, Friday, December 16 at 8pm, Saturday, December 17 at 8pm, and Sunday, December 18 at 3pm.
Adapted from the classic Charles Dickens story by Riverfront veteran Jack Schultz, this production of A Christmas Carol features 9 songs also written by Schultz.
Under the direction of Sherry Winchester Schultz, with assistance from Heidi Schultz and musical director, Kathleen Dooley, the Riverfront’s version of A Christmas Carol has become a tradition for not only the Playhouse, but for many of the actors who frequently revive their portrayals from year to year, as well as many area families who return time and again to relive the unique and sometimes heart-warming but always hilarious retelling of the Dickens’ classic. Winchester Schultz said, “23 years, that is amazing! Every year we hear from many of our patrons that coming out to see our version of A Christmas Carol is one of their favorite family traditions. It certainly has been one of MY family’s favorite holiday traditions. We’re honored to have so many of last year’s cast back and thrilled to have some new players too! New actors help us keep the show fresh and fun. We’ve got a few new tricks up our sleeves this year…I’m excited to see what our audiences think of them.”
This year’s presentation features your Christmas Carol favorites including: John Vinopal as Ebeneezer Scrooge, Douglas Holmes as Bob Cratchit, Jackson Schultz, Heidi Schultz, Kathleen Dooley, Shawn Dooley, Sherry Winchester Schultz, Joe Konopacki, John Wilson, Aaron Hoge, Livia Byrne as Martha Cratchit for opening, weekend Patrick Ramer as Peter Cratchit and Heather Barbre as Martha Cratchit for closing weekend, Erin Hambly, and Gus Hauser as Tiny Tim with Christmas Carol debut performances by Michael Jedlicka as Peter Cratchit for opening weekend, Drew Page, May Regan, Sydney Elliott, and John Regan. Kathleen Dooley and Eric Prebys will accompany the cast on keyboards and guitar.
Musical director Kathleen Dooley tells us, “We’ve added singers to some of the songs, we’ve come up with a couple new arrangements on other songs and with several actors sharing roles during the course of this run, you may want to see the show twice as it will be different every performance!” Technical Director Gene Scheffler, prop designer Shawn Dooley, and choreographer Jackson Schultz have also added some new visual treats to mesmerize and awe.
In this version, playwright Jack Schultz has taken the Dickens story and tells it in the traditional way, but with an untraditional spin: imagine that a traveling band of itinerant actors have come into town on a circus wagon to tell the story. This seemingly bizarre twist blends seamlessly into the action of the story, providing the audience with a frame of reference to explain the phenomenon experienced by Ebeneezer Scrooge in the other-worldly visits he receives from his long deceased partner, Jacob Marley, and the three spirits of Christmas, representing the past, the present, and the dreaded future.
Jack Schultz had been a Riverfront regular since 1983, performing, directing and writing plays until his untimely passing in September 2012 from a heart attack. He had written a number of shows for the playhouse, including Night of the Living Dead: The Musical and 12 versions of his audience favorite country-western parody, Fat Bill’s Roadside Café. He has also delighted Riverfront audiences with such plays as While You Were Out, Eretica, Nicht Mara, The Gypsy Sting, and Alternatives. “The years since Jack’s passing have been especially meaningful. We are reminded of how precious life is and how many ways one person can touch many lives. Jack has left us all with a legacy of song, laughter, warmth, and love of mankind,” said Winchester Schultz.
Tickets for A Christmas Carol are $17 for adults, $15 for students and senior citizens.
Reservations are definitely recommended since many of the performances of A Christmas Carol sell out quickly.
Reservations can be made by clicking here, or by calling the box office at 630-897-9496. We cannot accept email reservations.
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