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A Christmas Carol Last Modified: Wednesday, October 01, 2008
A Christmas Carol
by Charles Dickens
adapted for the stage by Romulus Linney
Directed by Janet Fisher Collum
December 2001
Synopsis

Oh! But he was a tight-fisted hand at the grind-stone, Scrooge! a squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching, covetous, old sinner! Hard and sharp as flint, secret, and self-contained, and solitary as an oyster. The cold within him froze his old features, nipped his pointed nose, shriveled his cheek, stiffened his gait; made his eyes red, his thin lips blue and spoke out shrewdly in his grating voice. He carried his own low temperature always about with him and didn't thaw it one degree at Christmas.

Dickens’s powerful language, humor and warmth will tell the story of Scrooge, a lonely miser, who, through the help of spirits and visions from his past, present and future, finds a second chance to become a loving, generous human being.

“The first,” said Theatre President Mark Britton, “of what we hope will be many Holiday productions in the years ahead.” He said he was very excited with Janet Fisher Column’s volunteering to direct the Christmas Classic known to so many, young and old.

The show closed to a sold out house on Sunday afternoon, December 16. This was a fun experience for all involved. We plan it as the beginning of many annual "Christmas Carols" to come!


This was our first Christmas fundraiser.


Merry Christmas, One and All!

Cast of Characters
Voice: Sammy Stevens, Jr.
Ebenezer Scrooge: John Citron
Bob Cratchit: Roy Thrash
Fred (Scrooge's Nephew): Sean Crews
Gentlemen 1: John Crawford
Gentlemen 2: Steve Burns
Carolers: Jessica Jones,
Jordan Ladd, and
Dylan Paris
Caroline: Lauren Hardin
Caroline's Husband: Tory Hardin
Marley: Jack W. Harrison
Spirit of Christmas Past: Linda Rickel
Orsen: Brandon Thrash
Valentine: Ryan Butler
Scrooge as a Boy: Kyle Tobin
Fan: Megan Hensley
Mr. Fezziwig: John Crawford
Young Scrooge: Tyler Reis
Guests at Fezziwig's: Doug Showalter,
Sammy Stevens, Jr.,
Steve Burns, and
Shielah Thrash
Mrs. Fezziwig: Sherryl Watkins
Young Belle: Denise Varnedore
Fezziwig Daughters: Eryn Concha,
Marnie Becker,
Jessica Jones, and
Darci Becker
Scrooge Older: Scott Thrash
Belle Older: Karina Means, and
Kara Dawson
Spirit of Christmas Present: Tom Clark
Mrs. Cratchit: Sheilah Thrash
Peter Cratchit: Ryan Butler
Belinda Cratchit: Karina Bielecki
Gillian Cratchit: Jessica Herring
Miranda Cratchit: Audrey Landreth
Martha Cratchit: Julia Dickinson
Tiny Tim Cratchit: Tim Owen
Julia (Fred's Wife): Kristi Clark
Lucy (Julia's Sister): Ioana Peret
Mr. Topper: Steve Burns
Christmas yet to Come: Sherryl Watkins
Businessman 1: Steve Burns
Businessman 2: John Crawford
Businessman 3: James X. Robinson III
Old Joe: Doug Showalter
Charwoman: Marge Chappell
Undertaker's Woman: Diane L. Hayes
Laundress: Mary Hill
Street Boy: Brandon Thrash
Our Crew
Producer: Gene Forsyth and
Chris Biagini
Director: Janet Fisher Collum
Assistant Director/Stage Manager: Robert L. Simpson
Set Design: Mark Britton
Set Construction: Mark Britton,
Jim Cunningham,
Ray Johnson,
Suzi Dennis,
Chris Biagini,
Dave Cambell,
Robert Carpenter,
Bill Tanzyus,
Jeani & Nyle Cearlock,
Walter Dodson, and
Bill Schuler
Lighting: Walter Dodson
Sound: Andrew Ross
Props: Liz Heitzman
Props Running Crew: Carol Owen,
Kristi Clark, and
Linda Rickel
Costumes: Linda Rickel, and
Gayla's Costumes, Benton,
Publicity: Leslie Nichols
Box Office: Jeani & Nyle Cearlock
and their Volunteers
Program Design: Lisa Wilhelmi
and Dave McKillip
Program Printing: Five Star Printing
Poster Design: John Citron
Digital Photography: John Citron
Webmaster: Tom Clark, John Lukas

OUR SPECIAL THANKS TO:
Hot Springs Village Voice
The Sentinel-Record
The Arkansas Democrat Gazette
KQUS 97.5 FM Hot Springs Country Radio
KVRE 92.9 FM Hot Springs Village Nostalgia Radio
KLAZ 105.9 FM Hot Springs Pop Contempory Hit Radio
KZNG 1340 AM Hot Springs News/Talk Radio
KALR 91.5 FM Hot Springs Religious Radio
Channel 5
Jerry Jones
Linda Rickel
Woodlands Auditorium Hot Springs Village
Felix Brace and Limb, Hot Springs
The Salvation Army
Hanna at Hot Springy Dingy
Alliance Bank
Holiday Jewelers Hot Springs
Hetzler Taxidermy Studio
Jordon, Woosley, Crone, & Keaton Ltd.
Michael Harrison
Jeff Heitzman