A CHRISTMAS CAROL, Alliance Theatre’s annual holiday gift to Atlanta, returns for its 25th season, November 21 – December 24, 2014. The most heartwarming story of the season comes to life with holiday carols, stunning stage magic and your favorite Atlanta actors. Directed by Rosemary Newcott, the Sally G. Tomlinson Artistic Director of Theatre for Youth, A CHRISTMAS CAROL has become a tradition for many families around the southeast.
Joining the cast in the role of Ebenezer Scrooge is acclaimed Atlanta actor David de Vries. De Vries’s credits include the Broadway production of Beauty and the Beast (playing Lumiere) and the National Tour of Wicked (playing Dr. Dillamond). Some of his favorite Alliance Theatre credits include Lord Farquaad in Shrek, Jacob Marley in A Christmas Carol, and the troubled dad in Carapace. On the screen, his recent film and television credits include Kill the Messenger, Reckless, Nashville, Devious Maids, Drop Dead Diva, and Necessary Roughness. His award-winning career in voiceover has included narrations of more than 100 children and adult audio books and thousands of commercials for radio and television. De Vries inherits the role of Scrooge from actor Chris Kayser, who announced his retirement at the end of last season after playing Scrooge for 16 of the last 20 seasons.
“Scrooge is a role that requires an actor to be ‘a champion.’ He rarely leaves the stage and while there, he relives a lifetime, transforming from a sad and bitter man to, in essence, a joyous, re-born baby, said Director Rosemary Newcott. “David de Vries is one of a very few actors who is absolutely ready for this challenge. He has proven his versatility by brilliantly playing both dramatic and comedic characters on nearly every stage in Atlanta as well as on national tours and on Broadway. Most importantly, David will bring great intelligence, wit and his own incredible and resilient spirit to Scrooge. I cannot wait to take this journey with him and watch the entire company, and the audience, interact with a new and exciting ‘champion.’”
The Alliance is also pleased to announce that ten-year-old Jaden Robinson will return to the role of Tiny Tim for a second year. Other Christmas Carol favorites returning to reprise their roles include Thomas Neal Antwon Ghant as Bob Cratchit; Cynthia D. Barker as Mrs. Cratchit; Bart Hansard as Mr. Fezziwig/Christmas Present; Je Nie Fleming as Mrs. Fezziwig/Mrs. Dilber (who was in the production as a child); Elizabeth Diane Wells as Christmas Past; Andrew Benator as Jacob Marley; Joe Knezevich as Fred, Ivy Catherine Rogers as Belinda; Laurie Williamson as Bess; Brad Raymond as Topper, and Lowrey Brown as Young Scrooge. After a few years away, Courtney Patterson returns to the production in the role of Belle.
In this tale of redemption, Ebenezer Scrooge goes to sleep on Christmas Eve as a miserly, stone-hearted man and awakens on Christmas Day with a compassionate and benevolent heart after his encounter with three ghosts. Celebrate this magnificent staging of Charles Dickens’s classic Christmas tale and Ebenezer Scrooge’s eye-opening Christmas Eve journey.
Performances are Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 2:30 and 8 p.m., and Sundays at 2:30 p.m., Nov. 21 – Dec. 24, 2014. Additional performances will be added Sunday, Nov. 23, at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 25, at 2:30 & 7:30 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 21, at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 23, at 2:30 & 7:30 p.m., and Wednesday, Dec. 24, at 2:30 p.m. There will be no performance on Wednesday, Nov. 26 or Wednesday, Dec. 24, at 7:30 p.m.
Performances are also available for school groups and home-school groups Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Fridays, December 1 – 17, at 10:30 a.m. Appropriate for grades K-12, and apply to Curriculum Standards: CCSL.2; CCRL.3; CCRR.3; CCRR.4; CC6-12RH.2; TAE/MS.1/TAHSFTI.1; TAE/MS.8/TAHSFTI.8; TAE/MS.11/TAHSFTI.11. Tickets for school groups are deeply discounted. To book your school group, call 404.733.4661 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Learn more about all field trip opportunities at http://alliancetheatre.org/content/field-trips.
Opening Night for A CHRISTMAS CAROL is Wednesday, December 3, 7:30pm.
Tickets start at $25 ($17.50 for children) and are available at The Woodruff Arts Center Box Office by calling 404.733.5000 or visiting www.alliancetheatre.org/christmas. Discount rates for groups of 10 or more are available by calling 404.733.4690. Discount rates are also available for members of the military, seniors and students. The Alliance Theatre is located at The Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30309 – at the corner of Peachtree and 15th Street, in Midtown Atlanta.