College of DuPage College Theater Presents Charles Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol’

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By Ann Fink

College of DuPage College Theater presents Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” adapted by William J. Norris and directed by COD Theater Professor Amelia Barrett, Thanksgiving weekend, Nov. 23 to 25, at the McAninch Arts Center on the Glen Ellyn campus, 425 Fawell Blvd.

Performances are 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 23 at 7 p.m.; and Saturday, Nov. 24 and Sunday, Nov. 25 at 3 and 7 p.m. In addition, a performance has been added for area school children, second grade and up at 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 26. Audience members arriving early to the Nov. 23-25 performances will be serenaded with Christmas songs by members of the cast, and Santa will be in the lobby following the matinee performances on Nov. 23 and 24, to chat and pose for photos.

A mean-spirited old man, a poor but optimistic clerk and three visiting ghosts join forces to take audiences on a magical journey to find the true meaning of the holiday season. This production with more than 50 cast members gleaned from more than a dozen Chicago area communities, is a 70-minute version of a heartwarming classic tale that is perfect for ages.

“Charles Dickens’ classic ghost story is brought to life in Norris’ wonderful adaptation,” Barrett said “Our production, with beautiful period costumes and wonderful special effects, is sure to warm the heart as we follow Scrooge’s transformation from a lonely soul with a cold and hardened heart into a man filled with the true joy of the holiday and appreciation of life’s ever-present gift of the opportunity for change.”

“A Christmas Carol” was the first of Dickens' very successful Christmas books. It was written during a time when the British were exploring and re-evaluating past Christmas traditions, including carols and newer customs such as Christmas trees. It was published on Dec. 19, 1843 and the first edition sold out by Christmas Eve. By the end of 1844, 13 editions had been released. Since then, “A Christmas Carol” has never been out of print and the story has been translated into other languages and adapted many times for radio, film and stage.

Cast members include Nathan Dittemore (Lombard), who played Bob Cratchit in COD Theater’s 2016 staging, Trevor Frueh (North Aurora), Nina Chezem (Warrenville), Felix Massengill (Naperville), Gabbi Bertrand (Glen Ellyn), Grace Bertrand (Glen Ellyn), Jack Knight (Elk Grove Village), Maddi Bestrand (Glen Ellyn), Chandler Senstock (Westmont), Mia Figueroa (Carol Stream), Devin Walleck (Carol Stream), Tess Sundstrom (Riverside), Jack Harrington (Naperville), Lucy LaPlaca (West Chicago), Ivan Gieschen (Lisle), Rebecca Johnson (Downers Grove), Nathan Cozzi (Naperville), Christina Verges (Brookfield), Philip Laricchia (Oswego), Brendon Flaherty (Naperville), Gina Danielle Robertelli (Bloomingdale) and Brandon Torres (Wheaton).

Ensemble members include Angela Bajek, Sasha Baumgarter, Mickey Cestone, Olivia Cernasuske, Jayden Ernas, Jordan Ernas, Joey Evans, Connor Gowans, Reece Hanas, Amy Infanger, Donnea Jackson, Sophie Kakkuri, Claire Kennedy, Elizabeth Khouri, Emilie Kroner, Samantha Moorhead, Tania Gillian Musso, Katherine Schleuter, Jocelyn Scurlock, Jenna Snart, Marlo Tallarico, Camryn Tallarico, Henry Tatarunas, Nancy Terdy, Sydney Thibodeaux, Kelly Twite, Gianna Wiegel, Lucas Wiegel and Mariella Wiegel.

The artistic/design team for “A Christmas Carol” includes Glen Ellyn’s Amelia Barrett (director), Aurora’s Michael W. Moon (scenic and properties design), Wheaton’s Kimberly Morris (costume and makeup design), Glen Ellyn’s Jon Gantt (lighting design), and Chicago’s Christopher Kriz (sound design). Stage Manager is Belushi Second City Scholarship recipient and Carol Stream resident Kyle Krisch.

William J. Norris (adapter) has been a theater professional for more than 45 years. An Emmy, Joseph Jefferson, and five-time Artisan awards winner, his playwriting credits include the dramas "Before I Wake," "Johns" and "Bloody Bess;" the opera "The Christmas Present" and musical "Fornicopia;" and the comedies "The Paisley Scar" and "Vienna Was Never So Gay." This adaptation of "A Christmas Carol" was written specifically for the students at College of DuPage.

A free pre-show discussion with the designers and director will be held from 5:45 to 6:15 p.m. Friday, Nov. 23, in MAC 140. A free post-show discussion with the director and actors will take place immediately following the Saturday, Nov. 24, 7 p.m. performance. Tickets are $14 students/seniors and $16 for adults. Tickets for the daytime performance on Monday, Nov. 26 at 10 a.m. are $8 and may be purchased by calling (630) 942-2220 or emailing sarther@cod.edu.

For more information or to order tickets, call the MAC Box office at (630) 942-4000 or visit www.atthemac.org.

Beginning Nov. 23 audience members are invited to bring one or two non-perishable food items to support the MAC’s food drive for the People’s Resource Center. The People’s Resource Center food pantry serves more than 3,000 families from across DuPage County each month. For more information about the People’s Resource Center visit peoplesrc.org.

This holiday season MAC is also once again is participating in a gift item collection for Metropolitan Family Services Nov. 23-Dec. 19. Families in DuPage are in particular need of winter accessories, sweatshirts and slippers. Metropolitan Family Services empowers families to learn, to earn, to heal, to thrive. Part mentor, part motivator, part advocate, Metropolitan Family Services provides a wide variety of programs and services designed to strengthen families and help them realize their full potential. For more information about Metropolitan Family Services, visit metrofamily.org/community-centers/dupage.

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