Top, Bill Fair (right) rehearses his large cast for the December 7-8 performances of ?Mrs. Bob Cratchit?s Wild Christmas Binge? presented with 25 community and FMHS actors for a lively free-for-all of musical comedy to delight the entire family. Below, (l-r) Colton Fair, Carey Moulder and Wednesday Hobson appear in the Fantasy of Lights Holiday Parade.
By Kat Fair
Not your usual holiday fare, Mrs. Bob Cratchit’s Wild Christmas Binge will make a delightful, musical and fun addition to the community’s festive entertainment offerings.
With a cast and crew of over 25, there’s lots of singing, dancing and laughs. Written by Christopher Durang, the play is a parody of a combination of various holiday favorites like It’s A Wonderful Life, "Gift of the Magi," Oliver Twist, and of course A Christmas Carol. Scrooge does change in the end, but it’s not at all what you expect.
There are three opportunities to enjoy this hilarious production: Friday, Dec. 7 at 8 p.m. and Saturday Dec. 8 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Stacy Havener is cast as the beleaguered Mrs. Cratchit, with Howard Galloway as the misanthropic Scrooge. Carey Moulder portrays the pathetic Tiny Tim; his dysfunctional siblings the ever-cheerful sister Little Nell, and secretive Child 1 and Child 2, are played by Ariel Threats, Cheyenne Bell and Jacob Perry respectively.
Adam Mueller is the ever-suffering Mr. Bob Cratchit, while Glenn Calloway and Ronda Delacruz cavort as the warm and jolly Mr. and Mrs. Fezziwig, doubling as the cruel Beadle and Mrs. Beadle from Oliver Twist. Cam Acosta sashays through the story as all three ghosts who visit Scrooge, helped by Trenton Ladin who is kept busy with three roles, one of which is the angel Clarence from It’s A Wonderful Life.
Mitchell Bates holds two roles: a well-known gentleman asking for contributions with a surprising business proposition and a suicidal Swede. Lindsey Hancock plays his equally cheery wife, in addition to a poor townsperson.
Wednesday Hobson plays a variety of roles, including Glinda the Good Witch and one of the Fezziwig daughters.
Bob Saberhagen appears as Marley’s Ghost, followed closely by mini-Marley, Ronnie Howell. In another life, Asia Wheaton portrays the nice Mrs. Cratchit and Leda Brozsek an unfortunate maid. Indigo Hobson appears throughout in roles ranging from forgotten child to happy party-goer. Johnathan Bowers makes a brief appearance as the famous George Bailey (of It’s a Wonderful Life fame).
Kat Fair and the FMHS Drama Club produce. Bill Fair directs this musical comedy. Mary Main has the gargantuan responsibility of coordinating the props and costumes. Bill Hobson is Technical Consultant. Jill Hackett will bring all of the songs to life as Musical Director. Sean Parson’s set design will be lighted by Matt Howell and Nick Johnson will design the sound effects. Sara Driscoll and Paige Baldwin will have the responsibility of keeping everyone in place as Stage Managers.
Tickets are $7 for adults, $5 for students, children under 7, and persons over 65. Show tickets are available in advance at Coffee Cantina and Ace Hardware. The holiday show has sold out in the past, so advance tickets are recommended.
Volunteers with experience in lighting, sound design and recording, costuming and set decoration and building are always more than welcome and truly needed. Contact Kat Fair at 242-6904 for more information regarding the production.
This is part of the December 07, 2007 online edition of The Mountain Enterprise.
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