Final Weekend for Arts Collective @HCC’s ‘A Christmas Carol’ by Sue Kramer

Did we hear you right? Did you say “Bah-humbug..(groan).. Not another A Christmas Carol?!!!

“*****A proverbial circus of entertainment for the whole family to enjoy, this delightful romp through the classic Christmas tale puts a new spin on the true meaning of the holiday season and how the grumpy old miser discovers it. A veritable playground for the actors that tumbles into a rapidly somersaulting merry-go-round of magic, music, movement and light — this production will transport you to a whimsical land where joy and merriment pours from the performers the way the clowns pour from the wardrobe that is affixed center stage. Directed by Jenny Male, this A Christmas Carol is sure to inspire the bright festivities of Christmas straight into your heart.Amanda Gunther, DCMetroTheaterArts

Hold your sleigh horses! This adaptation of Dickens’ beloved story has a not-to-be-missed unique and magical twist! Yes, that’s right – and that’s exactly why it must bubble up to the top of your wish-list when selecting which live event you and your family will attend this holiday season!

Yury Lomakin (Scrooge). Photo by Dave Harton.

Folks of all ages deserve a minute during this very busy time of year to actually celebrate the season. Gift yourself and your family in a huge way by putting on the brakes from holiday scurrying, preparation and to-do lists for 90 minutes of fantastical festivity!

See the holiday surprise event of the season – Doris Baizley’s adaptation of A Christmas Carol remounted by Howard Community College’s Arts Collective (AC) December 6 – 16: two weekends, 10 performances!

Worth your time during this hectic time of year?

Oh, yes! This 90-minute show, directed and choreographed by Jenny Male, unfolds into a fast-paced, tumbling Ferris wheel of music, movement and light. You can bank on Doris Baizley’s version to beautifully honor but radically shake up Dickens’ timeless, sentimental holiday staple (including Scrooge, Tiny Tim, Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, Future, the Cratchits, Marley and more) BUT WITH A SURPRISING TWIST.

THE SURPRISE: A theatrical spin retells the story through the eyes of an acting troupe full of juggling clowns, charming lovers, masked revelers and an array of other unforgettable characters. This production is stacked with enchanting and moving storytelling, dancing, singing, live hand-bells as well as original music, costumes, lights and more… bringing the story truly home… into your heart and the hearts of your entire family in a fresh, new way.

Adrianne DuChateau (Tiny Tim) and Yury Lomakin (Scrooge). Photo by Dave Harton.

This is NOT AC’s first time on the A Christmas Carol Ferris wheel – the story re-mounted:

“Director and Choreographer Jenny Male first brought Baizley’s very unique script to AC when we met in 2003 (after she directed the play in 1997 in Willow Springs, Missouri) Jenny was sure AC would dig it, and we did; AC produced A Christmas Carol for the first time in 2004 under Male’s direction which played to joyful, sold-out audiences! Moving forward eight years, AC wanted to work a holiday block buster into its 18th season… and after reviewing many scripts, remounting this version of A Christmas Carol with Male at the helm made perfect, magical sense. AC is beyond excited to share with the universe (once again) our fresh and nostalgic take on this very special journey featuring the work of stellar designers (including a few from the previous production) and a beautiful brand new cast!”

–Susan G. Kramer (Producing Artistic Director)

Need more convincing? More reasons to choose this production… from the Cast & Creatives:

“Audiences will truly enjoy this enduring Christmas story, but with a surprising, festive, circus-like atmosphere with all the holiday trimmings!”Valerie Lash (Executive Producer).

“It’s refreshing to work with an ensemble of artists giving their all, coming together to make a dynamic and magical performance you would be hard pressed to find anywhere else.” –Yury Lomakin (“Stage Manager,” “Ebenezer Scrooge”).

“Having been in the 2004 AC production, I can only imagine the wonderful experience the cast is going through now; in addition to the unique, enchanting journey they will take the audience on when the show opens on December 6th!”Grace Anastasiadis (2004 A Christmas Carol Cast Member  and AC’s Associate Artistic and Managing Director).

“This show really does have everything. So much effort has been put into the smallest of details. I can’t wait for the audience to see it; they’re going to get a lot more than they pay for.” Bryan Czerwinski (“Young Leading Man,” “Fred”).

Illustration by Emma K. McDonnell.

Performances: December 6 to 16, 2012

Smith Theatre, inside the Peter and Elizabeth Horowitz Visual and Performing Arts Center (HVPA) at Howard Community College, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia, MD, 21044. Click here for directions!

Showtimes (Two weekends, 10 Shows): Thurs, Fri, Sat at 7:30 p.m.; Sat and Sun at 3 p.m.
Post-Show Discussion: Sunday, December 16th
Cast and Creatives List:  Click here!

Tickets:  Available online or at the Horowitz Center Box Office!
- Online Tickets: www.howardcc.edu/artscollective
- Horowitz Center Box Office Info/ Hours, etc.!:  Click here!
$15 for general admission
$12 for seniors, military and groups
$10 for all students with photo I.D.
$8 for children 10 years and under
(Recommended for ages 6 and up.)

Top Row, left to right: Daniel Johnston and Kyla Hammond (Clowns). Bottom Row: left to right: Adrianne DuChateau (Tiny Tim) and Yury Lomakin (Scrooge). Photo by Dave Harton.

About Howard Community College’s ARTS COLLECTIVE’S 18TH SEASON:
Established in 1994, now entering its 18th season, AC is a professionally run organization all about supporting, nurturing and fusing collaborative relationships between all artists, from students to professionals – on and off the stage. www.howardcc.edu/artscollective   artscollective@howardcc.edu

This production is eligible for AC’s new season subscription packages. To purchase a season subscription package or individual tickets, contact the Box Office at 443-518-1500 or visit www.howardcc.edu/artscollective. For more information on AC, call 443-518-1922, visit their website, or email artscollective@howardcc.edu.

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Read Amanda Gunther’s review of A Christmas Carol on DCMTA.

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