Personal Space Theatrics’ Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol Returns After 2004 Sold Out Run

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The unique sights and sounds of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol return to New York after a sold-out run in 2004. Personal Space Theatrics (Stephen Wargo, Artistic Director; Joseph Guidetti, Managing Director) continues its 4th Season with the largest “Carol” to be presented in NYC this Holiday Season. The production runs December 2 – 18 at TBG Theatre (312 West 36th Street, 3rd Floor).

The unique sights and sounds of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol return to New York after a sold-out run in 2004. Personal Space Theatrics (Stephen Wargo, Artistic Director; Joseph Guidetti, Managing Director) continues its fourth Season with the largest “Carol” to be presented in NYC this Holiday Season. The production runs December 2 – 18 at TBG Theatre (312 West 36th Street, 3rd Floor).

Adapted and directed by Stephen Wargo with musical arrangements by Dianne Adams McDowell this “Carol” is more than just a holiday standard. Stripped of the hoop skirts and flying machines associated with other stage versions, this piece focuses on ensemble storytelling of Dickens’ words coupled with a score of traditional carols and hymns. This one-of-a-kind take on Dickens’ story has had audiences cheering since PST first presented it in concert form in 2002.

The Production

Grand, mythological, dark and joyous! "The characters and moments of this story have risen to the level of modern myth," says adaptor/director Stephen Wargo. "The style we work with in presenting this story to our audience incorporates Greek and Folk storytelling techniques that, while relying less on stage glitz, heighten the importance of the story and the characters for the audience. They are there with the actors, sharing the story and joining in Scrooge's spiritual and psychological journey."

The show's score, which consists of new choral arrangements of both traditional and rarely-heard carols and hymns, has been assembled and arranged by ASCAP, BMI, Helen Hayes and Barrymore-award-winning composer and orchestrator Dianne Adams McDowell. McDowell's many credits include Broadway (Starmites) off-Broadway (Bring in the Morning at the Variety Arts; The Wind in the Willows at the New Victory) and regional theater (Constant Star at Syracuse Stage, Arena Stage, Delaware Theatre Company, Merrimack Repertory Theatre.)

Rounding out the production staff are musical director Matthew Vinson, choreographer Ann Robideaux, scenic designer David Esler, lighting designer Timothy Swiss, costume designer Jessa-Raye Court, sound designer Chris Rummel and properties master Casey Smith.

Reprising his tour de force turn as Ebenezer Scrooge is New York and West End veteran Robert Ian Mackenzie, recently seen off-Broadway in India Awaiting at the Samuel Beckett and regionally in Stageworks Hudson's Underneath the Lintel. Joining him are Paul Blank and Henry Evans (Tim Cratchit), Melissa Center (Catherine), Jordan D’Angelo and Sasha Friedenberg (Turkey Boy), Rich Fromm (Topper), Juliet Heller (Christmas Past), Pamela Jane Henning (Fan), Carol Hickey (Mrs. Cratchit), Kathleen Hinders (Mrs. Fezziwig), Colin Israel (Peter Cratchit), Michelle Kinney (Martha Cratchit), Andrea McCullough (Charwoman), Bryan McElroy (Young Scrooge), Melissa Menzie (Elizabeth), Adair Moran (Belle), Nicholas Alexiy Moran (Bob Cratchit), Michael Pesce (Christmas Present), Michael Poignand (Fred), Howard Pinhasik (Marley's Ghost), Michal Salonia (Mr. Fezziwig) and ensemble choir Paul Aguirre, Kristen Duffy, Chris Kateff, Jenny Lee Mitchell and Katie Zaffrann.

Personal Space Theatrics

Breaking Theatrical boundaries since 2001, Personal Space Theatrics was founded with the guiding principle that Theatre was created for audiences. We envision a new environment of play-going, one where actors, audiences and plays themselves meet together in the same literal space without the conventional dual separation of stage and auditorium. For more information, logon to http://www.personalspacetheatrics.org or call (212) 802-4537.

Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol opens on Friday December 2nd at 8:00 PM and will perform on the following schedule at TBG Theatre (312 West 36th Street 3rd Floor): Thursday – Saturday at 8:00 PM, Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday at 7:00 PM, Saturdays and Sundays at 2:00 PM. Tickets are $19.00 general admission, $17.00 seniors/students/children, $15.00 groups of ten or more, $10.00 – All Seats - Tuesdays December 6th and December 13th. Tickets may be purchased by calling SmartTix at 212-868-4444 or online at http://www.smarttix.com

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