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Alley Favorite John Feltch Returns in a Signature Role Alongside Jeffrey Bean, Reprising His Role as Scrooge, in A Christmas Carol, Directed by James Black
- 10/26/2012

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October 26, 2012

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Alley Favorite John Feltch Returns in a Signature Role Alongside Jeffrey Bean, Reprising His Role as Scrooge, in Houston’s Family Favorite, A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas, Directed by James Black

-Visiting Actor Declan Mooney takes on Mr. Marvel together with Company Actors Elizabeth Bunch, in a new role as the Spirit of Christmas Past, and David Rainey, reprising his role as Spirit of Christmas Present

HOUSTON, TX— Houston's seasonal favorite A Christmas Carol - A Ghost Story of Christmas returns to light up the Holiday Season downtown on the Hubbard Stage November 16 to December 24.

Michael Wilson’s adaptation, an imaginative re-telling of the Charles Dickens’ classic, is described by the Houston Press as having "Spectacular London sets ... spiced with the usual fog and an unusual twist on the ghosts past, present and future." Family audiences (children ages 6 and older) can enjoy this colorful, comical, and music-filled production that follows Ebenezer Scrooge's journey with the three ghostly spirits that visit him on Christmas Eve. Magical and heartwarming, this unforgettable theatrical production of A Christmas Carol instills a powerful message about redemption and the true spirit of the holiday season.

Alley Associate Director James Black directs this production with a cast that plays more than 30 characters. This year’s production features Alley favorite and former Alley Company Member John Feltch, who returns to take on the signature role of Mrs. Dilber and Jacob Marley alongside Alley Company Member Jeffrey Bean, who reprises his role as Ebenezer Scrooge. Visiting Actor Declan Mooney, who joined the cast of The Seafarer, takes on the challenging role of Mr. Marvel, alongside Alley Company Members Elizabeth Bunch, in a new role as Mary Pidgeon and Spirit of Christmas Past, and David Rainey, reprising his role as Bert and Spirit of Christmas Present.

The cast also features Acting Company Members James Belcher as Second Solicitor/Mr. Fezziwig, Paul Hope as First Solicitor/Fiddler, Charles Krohn as Undertaker/Old Joe, Emily Neves as Belle/Fred’s Wife, Melissa Pritchett as Mrs. Fezziwig/Mrs. Cratchit and Jay Sullivan as Fred/Scrooge at Twenty-One.

Rounding out the cast are Ellen Dyer as 12th Century Apparition/Rich Lady/Patricia, Adam Gibbs as Henry V Apparition/Travis, Dylan Godwin as 18th Century Apparition/Dick Wilkins/Mr. Topper, Mark Jackson as Medieval Apparition/Party Guest, Julia Krohn as Mary Stuart Apparition/Fred’s Sister-in-Law, Philip Lehl as Bob Cratchit, Rebekah Stevens as Restoration Apparition/Wendy/Martha Cratchit.

In addition to the adult cast, over 20 children from the Greater Houston community will be cast in this production, and a separate announcement will follow.

A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas features Tony Award-winning scenic designer Tony Straiges (Alley's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?) with costumes by Alejo Vietti (Alley's Noises Off, What We’re Up Against, The Seagull). Lighting is designed by Rui Rita (Alley's The Seafarer, Dividing the Estate, Pygmalion), and original music is composed by John Gromada (Alley's Dividing the Estate, Ether Dome, Our Town).


A Christmas Carol - A Ghost Story of Christmas, adapted and originally directed by Michael Wilson, from the story by Charles Dickens, directed by Alley Associate Director James Black, begins previews Friday, November 16, opens Sunday, November 18 and runs through Monday, December 24.

The Alley Theatre began producing an annual production of A Christmas Carol in 1988. Michael Wilson’s adaptation is an imaginative re-telling of the classic story. In 1990, Wilson – in his first directing project for the Alley – adapted and directed a version of the story that became a national standout for its dancing apparitions and Wizard of Oz like storyline. Since its inception, the production has developed into a crowd-pleasing holiday favorite, delighting more than 35,000 individuals last holiday season. Dickens’ classic tale is a heart-warming and bone-chilling story for audiences of all ages. Through encounters with ghosts – including his late business partner Jacob Marley – Scrooge learns what ill fate lies in store for him if he continues on his greedy and heartless course.

Charles Dickens’ novella, whose full title is A Christmas Carol in Prose, Being a Ghost Story of Christmas was published in 1843 to instant success, selling six thousand copies within its first week. Originally written as a quick money maker to enable Dickens to get out of debt, the tale of Ebenezer Scrooge and the three spirits that visit him on Christmas Eve has become one of the most popular and enduring Christmas stories of all time. The first stage adaptation of A Christmas Carol dates back to January of 1844 in London and movie adaptations of this story were filmed as early as 1910.

SPONSORS
A Christmas Carol is sponsored Supporting Sponsors Apache Corporation, ConocoPhillips, Ernst & Young LLP and Vinson & Elkinis LLP. The Alley Theatre is supported by the 2012-2013 season sponsor United Airlines, the official airline of the Alley Theatre.

SPECIAL PERFORMANCES AND EVENTS

CAPTIONED AND AUDIO DESCRIBED PERFORMANCE
Sunday, November 18, 2:30 p.m.
The Alley Theatre offers access services for our deaf or hard of hearing and sight-impaired patrons. Audio Description is provided for each Hubbard Stage production and Open Captioning is offered for every Hubbard Stage and Neuhaus Stage production. To ensure that your seats will accommodate your needs, please call the box office 713.220.5700 when ordering tickets to this performance. Discounted tickets are available for groups of 10 or more.

BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS $10 TIX
Saturday, November 24
The Alley Theatre continues its efforts to make the theatre affordable to patrons. Partnering with other social non-profit organizations, the Alley seeks to generate in-kind donations and reward patrons with $10 Tix for select performances. The $10 Tix are available in person only on Saturday, November 24 and are limited to two tickets per person. Donate and purchase in person at the box office (615 Texas Ave.) on Saturday, November 24 only. Limited availability. The $10 Tix partner for A Christmas Carol is Big Brothers Big Sisters. The date to donate and purchase is Saturday, November 24, beginning at 11 a.m. The donated item is new, unopened board games.

DECK THE TREES
November 16– December 30
Alley Theatre’s Deck the Trees Celebration kicks-off with a tree lighting ceremony on November 16. Trees will be on display until December 30.

TICKET INFORMATION
Tickets to A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas start at $25. Performances of A Christmas Carol - A Ghost Story of Christmas are Tuesdays through Sundays at 7:30 p.m. and Matinees at 2:30 p.m. All tickets to Christmas Carol - A Ghost Story of Christmas are available for purchase at www.alleytheatre.org, at the Alley Theatre Box Office, 615 Texas Avenue, or by calling 713.220.5700. Groups of 10 or more can receive special concierge services and select discounts by calling 713.220.5700 and asking for the group sales department.

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