Aloha Performing Arts Company has commissioned Los Angeles playwright Susie Burke to create a new adaptation of the Charles Dickens story “A Christmas Carol.” Ms. Burke also adapted Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” for APAC last season. The new version of this British holiday classic will be performed next month at the Aloha Theatre in Kainaliu. Casting has been completed and rehearsals are underway, with a company of volunteer actors ranging in age from 7 to 87.
The leading role of Ebenezer Scrooge will be portrayed by Don Chinery, last seen on the Aloha stage as Andrew Carnes in “Oklahoma!” The ghost of Jacob Marley, Scrooge’s deceased partner, will be played by John Holliday, who portrayed Antonio in “The Tempest” in May. The three spirits that come to haunt Scrooge, Christmas Past, Christmas Present, and Christmas Yet To Come, will be played by Taylor Bodway, Eric Lammerman, and Miles Lugo, respectively. Lammerman also appears as Will Fern in the play’s prologue, and Lugo also plays Isabelle’s husband. Robb Dahlke will be Scrooge’s clerk Bob Cratchit, and Marie-anne Rouse plays his wife, Molly. Their children include Martha, played by Sarah Rouse, Belinda, played by Sonya Becker, the twins, played by Patrick Riehle and Maddy Bram, and Tiny Tim, played by Henry Bergey. Other cast members include Paula Cornwell and Joel Michaelson as Mr. and Mrs. Fezziwig, Simon Ellis as Young Scrooge, Felicity Johnson as Mrs. Dilber, Cathy Riehle as the Rag Dealer, Mia Kriebl-Bruno as Isabelle, Oliver Kriebl-Bruno as Dick Wilkins, and Bob Bartow as the Urchin. Nora Frank and Tia Amafala will alternate in the roles of Fredericka and the Guest, and Ricky Delorey II will be playing the role of Charles Dickens, who, unique to this adaptation, serves as narrator. A chorus of the people of London includes Joie Agard, Minami Asbjornson, Sarah Bellatti, Kristen Cole-Porter, Richard Gray, Kylee Hamar, Ruby Jordan, Zea Levine, Hali’a Locke-Nascimento, Taylin Mandaguit, Renee Monell, Alisha Nazara, Scott Pierce, Malia Shimabuku, Justyn Toyama, Laurie Wilson, Tiana Yeaman, and the entire Riley Family: Regan, Tanner, Keaton, Bryan and Tara.
“A Christmas Carol” will be presented December 7 through 23 at the Aloha Theatre in Kainaliu, with Friday and Saturday shows at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 2:30 p.m. Felicity Johnson is producing, and Jerry Tracy is directing, assisted by Mia Kriebl-Bruno. Designers include: Ariana Bassett, set; Paula Cornwell, costumes; Laurie Wilson, props and set dressing; DK Place, sound; Cathy Riehle, hair and makeup; Sam Valenti, program; Mack Powell, logo artwork; Gerald Lucena, puppets; and boB Gage, lighting. This version of the play includes many familiar Christmas carols, and Karen Barry is serving as music director, with Renee Monell contributing choreography. Stage manager is Peter Schonberg and house manager is Cameron Bailey-Bram. Tickets are available at AlohaTheatre.com, at the Aloha Theatre box office beginning one hour prior to performance time, or by calling 322-9924.