Update: All performances are sold out! Thank you for supporting your community theatre!
Following 2014 sold-out run, new evenings and matinees added to the 10-performance run of this uplifting classic holiday tradition!
Bristol, Tennessee/Virginia, November 2015 – Theatre Bristol announces tickets are on sale now for Scrooge! The Musical at the ARTspace Theatre. Bring the whole family for this timeless tale of Ebeneezer Scrooge, hope, and redemption. Scrooge! The Musical opens December 4, and runs for two weekends of matinee and evening performances, closing with a matinee on December 13. Reservations for this ARTspace production (506 State Street), can be made by calling 423-212-3625.
Scrooge! is the timeless tale of Ebeneezer Scrooge, a lonely miser who is visited on Christmas Eve by three spirits who teach him lessons of love and giving. Don’t miss Ebeneezer, Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim, the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future and a whole host of Dickensian characters in this award-winning, international smash hit musical by Leslie Bricusse. In Bristol, Scrooge! is a holiday tradition, popular by audiences over the years, featuring memorable songs “Thank You Very Much,” “A Better Life” and “A Christmas Carol.”
Directing the show will be highly respected and talented actor/director, Theatre Bristol veteran Glenn Patterson (Les Misérables, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Miracle on 34th Street). “It is a pleasure to work with this timeless classic. Scrooge! The Musical reminds us that it is never too late to embrace the joy of living,” said Patterson. This year’s production features Theatre Bristol’s new lighting system, as well as a re-imagined set by Patterson and crew, choreography, beautiful costumes, and more!
Steve Baskett in the title role of Ebeneezer “Scrooge,” is joined by a cast of 34. Scrooge experiences other-worldly nightly visits by Jacob Marley played by Mike Bishop, The Ghost of Christmas Past by Camille Gray, The Ghost of Christmas Present by Coy Owens, and The Ghost of Christmas Future by Anthony Underwood. Scrooge is taken back to his youth where he is played as a child by Xander Harris and his sister Jenny is played by Emma Bishop. Christmas Past then escorts Scrooge to the holiday celebration of Mr. and Mrs. Fezziwig portrayed by Theatre Bristol veterans Dan Gray and Hyacynth Barbera. There, young Ebenezer, Ben Fitton, meets Isabel, Jessica Hughes.
Christmas Present soon appears and he and Scrooge attend the holiday party of Scrooge’s nephew Harry, also played by Ben Fitton, and Harry’s wife Helen, Ashton Bishop. The nightly tour ends with Christmas Future guiding him to the family home of Bob Cratchit played by Mark Hutton, with Mrs. Cratchit by Angie Hyche, Peter Cratchit by Xander Harris, Kathy Cratchit by Lauren Turner, Martha Cratchit by Gracie Brooks, Belinda Cratchit by Emmersyn Hardy, and Tiny Tim by Owen Griffith and Lucy Tester.
The townspeople include Daniel Freeman as Tom Jenkins, Coy Owens as the Wine Merchant, Steve Kestner as Pringle, Alayna Walker as Mary, Anthony Underwood as Harty/Topper, Daniel Freeman as Dick Wilkins, John Runde as Jollygoode, Dan Gray as Miller, Anthony Underwood as Mr. Bleak, Gerri Timmons as Bess, Billy Baugher as Bissett, Shannon Dabney as Mrs. Dilber, Eden Phillips as Miss Dilber, and Alayna Walker as the Beggar woman. Hughes, Kestner, Underwood, Dabney, and Timmons will all be making their debut with Theatre Bristol in this production.
Urchins returning to the Theatre Bristol stage are Emma Hatcher, Hope Oliver, Carly Street, Emma Bishop, Rori Simmons, Thatcher Hutton, and Jazz Strachan. Urchins making their debut on the Theatre Bristol stage are Whitney Brooks, Ethan Riffey, and Faith Vance.
Musician Bob Greene returns as the Music Director. Lindy Ley, choreographer for past Theatre Bristol productions returns along with Technical Director and Designer David Hyde. Costume Designer is Camille Gray, assisted by Tiffany Fleenor. The Stage Manager is Suzanne Eleas, Properties Manager is James Altman assisted by Luke Gray, and the Dance Captain is Camille Gray. Eric Griffith and Brett Hatcher are Master Carpenters. Title Sponsor is Stephanie Snelson, DDS.
Show performances are Fridays, December 4 and 11 at 7:30 pm; Saturdays, December 5 and 12 at 2:30 pm and 7:30 pm; and Sunday, December 6 at 2:30 and 7:30 pm; Sunday December 13 at 2:30 pm; and Thursday December 10 at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $12. Senior and children’s tickets are $10. Call 423-212-3625 with name, phone, performance date, and number of tickets to arrange reservations.
“Perhaps one of the best-known modern adaptations of [A Christmas Carol] is the musical Scrooge! by Leslie Bricusse. The musical, made into a film in 1970… is traditional, and the stage show has enjoyed noted success in England, where it was hailed as “Sensational” and “Terrific” by BBC Radio 2; and in the Unites States, where it has become an established favorite of regional playhouses nationwide,” Breaking Character. In Bristol, Scrooge! is a holiday tradition, popular with audiences over the years.
Scrooge! The Musical is presented through special arrangement with and all authorized performance materials are supplied by SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.
Founded in 1965, Theatre Bristol is the oldest continually running children’s theatre in northeast Tennessee and is now celebrating its 50th season. Its Main Stage season consists of up to five productions. Some of its performances take place in the ARTspace, a multi-purpose, black box theatre which seats up to 120. Theatre Bristol is entirely volunteer run and the community is invited to get involved.
For more information, visit the Theatre Bristol’s website or Facebook page, contact Theatre Bristol at 423-212-3625, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Theatre Bristol Scrooge Show logo (design credit: Bert White for Theatre Bristol)