By Pam Morley and Alex Simmons
The Springville Players are bringing a holiday classic to the Mongerson Theater this December with their production of “A Christmas Carol.”
The show opened Thursday night with “Pay What You Can with a Can Night,” where attendees could bring in a non-perishable food item and any donation for admission.
The story begins on a cold and blistering Christmas Eve where Ebenezer Scrooge was heading home. His faithful employee Bob Cratchit was on his way home as well with his crippled child Tiny Tim.
One man was going to a house full of warmth and love; the other to a dark, cold and empty house.
Tonight, however, would be unlike any other night.
First, Scrooge gets a visit from his old partner, Jacob Marley, but Marley has been dead for the past seven years. He informs him that he is soon to be visited by three spirits from the past, present and future.
These three spirits take Scrooge on a whirlwind trip throughout his life from boyhood to adulthood, hoping to teach him a lesson about kindness, caring, giving, love and the spirit of Christmas.
If you love the Holiday classics, then you’ll love seeing “A Christmas Carol” live at The Springville Center for the Arts presented by The Springville Players.
Dave Danielson is happy to return to the stage as Ebenezer Scrooge. Mark Mendola is playing his deceased business partner Jacob Marley as well as Mr. Fezziwig.
Samantha Michel plays the Spirit of Christmas Past, Cory Golabek plays the spirit of Christmas Present and Franklyn Jones plays the spirit of Christmas Yet to Come.
Mark Bell and Cassie Klahn plays Bob and Mrs. Cratchit, respectively, while Nicholas Klahn makes his stage debut as Tiny Tim.
Pamela Morley is happy to play Mrs. Fezziwig “one last time” after taking on that role for 17 years. Alex Simmons plays Belle, Ebenezer’s love interest that got away.
Chuck and Jennifer Weber are happy to be playing Fred and Janet Howell. Justin Chortie is back to play Jeeves and Lynn Cotton has returned to play the role of Mrs. Dilber.
“A Christmas Carol” is directed by Edwin Heary with Ally Catalano as assistant director, Heather Svalina as stage manager and produced by Ruthie Consiglio.
The show also features Marilyn Heary, Keith Cordaro, Mary Sion, Gina Dubay, Victoria Ehrig, Jenny Ehrig, Ciara Savage, Victoria Garcia, Caleb Bentson, Briella Crassi, Arianna Crassi, Eric Crossan, Aubrey Crossan and Trevor Krawczyk.
Springville Center for the Arts is a nonprofit, charitable organization that provides year-round art programs such as theater performances, concerts, workshops and exhibits. Founded in a vacant storefront 1998, the center is now housed at 37 N. Buffalo St.
The remaining shows are Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, 4, 7 and 8 at 7 p.m. as well as two matinees on Dec. 1 and 8 at 2 p.m. Ticket prices are $12 for general, $10 student and senior, $8 for groups of 15 or more. Tickets are available online at springvillearts.org or by calling 592-9038.
Don’t be a humbug and miss out on this local production of a Christmas classic.