The ghosts of Christmas past, present and future will visit the Lab Theatre at Dowd Fine Arts Center from Dec. 8 to 11 when the SUNY Cortland Performing Arts Department presents six performances of “A Christmas Carol.”
The play is adapted from Charles Dickens’s classic story about the mean-spirited Ebenezer Scrooge and his transformation on Christmas eve as he is visited by the ghost of his old business partner and the Christmas spirits.
The production, which includes all the familiar characters including Tiny Tim and the rest of Bob Cratchit’s family, will be performed at 8 p.m. each day from Thursday, Dec. 8, through Sunday, Dec. 11. Matinees will be at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10, and Sunday, Dec. 11.
Admission is $14 for the general public; $12 for senior citizens and SUNY staff; and $5 for all students and children. Tickets are on sale at Jodi’s Hallmark at 11 Main St. in Cortland. Seating in the Lab Theatre is limited.
The cast for “A Christmas Carol” includes Paul Warren Smith as Ebenezer Scrooge, Rasheem Ford as the voice of Jacob Marley, Emily Freeman as the Spirit of Christmas Past, Anali Fuchs as the Spirit of Christmas Present, and Katie Quigley as the Spirit of Christmas Future. Members of the Cratchit family include Joseph Gugliemelli as Bob, Grace McGeoch as Mrs. Cratchit, Billy Swensen as Peter, Lauren Collins as Martha, Merideth Meagley as Belinda, Jenna Diescher as Kate and Seamus Gailor as Tiny Tim.
Other performers include Charles O’Connor as Scrooge’s nephew Dick, Angelia Golden as his wife Lucy, Cassie Halpin as Fanny, David Perfetti as Master Scrooge, Will Rivera as Ebenezer, David Newman as Dick, Sarah Drain as Belle, Chad Henke as Topper, Ricky Wenthen as Mr. Fezziwig, Lisa Reid as Mrs. Fezziwig, Catherine Scojec as the Laundress and Sara Laursen as Mrs. Dilber. Thomas Fuchs, Barbara Jo Williams and Gregg Weatherby are the narrators. Anna Videto and Owen Thomas play a number of children’s roles.
Dickens described his book as a “ghost story for Christmas” and this production promises some thrills and chills as well as some traditional carols.
For more information, visit the Performing Arts Department website or call (607) 753-2811.