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Dickens' classic opens at Perseverance Theatre

Posted: November 24, 2011 - 12:00am
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Ebenezer Scrooge (Anchorage actor Dick Reichman) comes to grips with one of the lessons the Ghost of Christmas Future has shown him.  Photo by Akiko Nishijima Rotch
Photo by Akiko Nishijima Rotch
Ebenezer Scrooge (Anchorage actor Dick Reichman) comes to grips with one of the lessons the Ghost of Christmas Future has shown him.

The holiday classic “A Christmas Carol” opens at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Perseverance Theatre.

Written by Charles Dickens in 1843, the story follows the life-altering transformation of grumpy, penny-pinching old Ebenezer Scrooge, who, after being haunted by no fewer than four ghosts over the course of one evening, is persuaded to reconsider his uncharitable ways and re-join the flow of life.

Directed by Ryan Conarro, Perseverance’s production features longtime Alaskan performer Dick Reichman as Scrooge. Reichman, a regular performer with Cyrano’s Theatre Company in Anchorage, most recently made an appearance on the Juneau stage as Morrie in “Tuesdays with Morrie” last fall.

Joining Reichman are local actors Christina Apathy, Enrique Bravo, Matthew Garrison, Beverly Haywood, Shadow Hotch, Bob Hutton, Alex Johnson, Giselle Stone and Eric Vang, as well as 12 children from Perseverance’s Young Company.

The production also includes authentic arrangements of English Christmas carols, such as “In the Bleak Midwinter” and “Wassail Wassail.” Kari Groven headed up the vocal direction, and Lucy Peckham designed the sound.

Others on the artistic team include Akiko Nishijima Rotch (set design), Greg Mitchell (lighting), Janice Hurley (choreography) and Sarah Greene (costumes). Stage manager is Rick Silaj.

“A Christmas Carol” runs from Nov. 25 to Dec. 24 with performances Thursday through Sunday at 7:30 p.m., and a special 2 p.m. matinee on Christmas Eve, Dec. 24. The show will have two pay-as-you-can performances Nov. 27 and Nov. 30.

For tickets, pricing, or more information, call Perseverance Theatre at 463-TIXS or visit www.perseverancetheatre.org. Tickets are also available at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center and Hearthside Books.

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