LeGacy Presents brings ‘Scrooge’ to the Nevada Theatre
There’s a bit of Scrooge in all of us during the holidays and we sometimes need a reminder of what’s really important at Christmas. That’s where Christmas traditions come into play – and play is the word. This is LeGacy Presents 4th year of presenting the holiday musical play “Scrooge.”
LeGacy Presents first presented “Scrooge” in 2016 and it has quickly become a Nevada City-Grass Valley tradition for area theatre-goers and holiday enthusiasts. It fittingly plays in the historic Nevada Theatre in Nevada City.
“Scrooge” has the well earned reputation of being Northern California’s favorite holiday musical. “Scrooge” opened for the first time in November of 1978 at the Golden Bear Playhouse at Cal Expo with Rodger Hoopman in the title role. “Scrooge” with Hoopman has played throughout Northern California for every holiday season since with lengthy runs in Davis, Roseville, Fairfield, Carmichael and in extended runs in over 10 other Sacramento locations. This will be his 41st year in the role of Ebenezer Scrooge.
This adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic, “A Christmas Carol,” is a family-focused version with 11 musical numbers with lyrics by Hoopman and music by Robert Knable with additional music by Warren Harrison.
Colorful, period appropriate costumes and props make for a visual delight. The set originally painted for the first production by scenic artist Lawrence Gardner has a history of its own. The scenery was painted over 40 year old previously painted “flats” which make the original material over 75 years old. They are lovingly stored in the off season and touched up to delight new audiences.
“The set captures Dickens’ time, place and ambiance. The narrow houses line a narrow street, and though they are rendered on flat canvas, the scene evokes the comforting feeling of an advent calendar and makes one want to open the small windows for the prizes within.” (Alfred Kay, Sacramento Bee)
Over 700 actors have performed in “Scrooge” over the years, including luminaries Kathy Rigby and Jonathan Taylor-Thomas. The key to keeping each production fresh is the casting and direction by Sue LeGate-Halford. This years cast is made up of local favorites and new faces including: Darrel Hovander, Mike Busse, Kassidy Kelly, Ian Swift, Candice Searles, Rik Augustin, Ward Thompson, Connor McGehee, Alexis Phillips, Arianna Romain, Hope Searles, Carlyn Forrest, Robert Peters, Sawyer Maddux, and Maggie, Lhariya, and Jhastar Illumine. Assistant direction and technical direction is by Les Solomon, with vocal direction by Beverly Marks. The 2016 choreography by Dinah Smith has been enhanced with the addition of dance coach Angela Williams. Kathi Kimmel’s costuming has added to the costumes created by Sharon Sciabica, who won the Elly award for costumes for this show in 2017.
LeGate-Halford says, “It is such a joy working with this talented cast ages 6-80. You create a family in the 3 months involved in putting a production like this together, and add to that the joy of performing this classic story for an audience and it becomes something special for everyone! Rodger Hoopman amazes me … because he brings something new and heartfelt to Ebenezer every single year, a triumph for an actor!”
Scrooge plays through Dec. 24. Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.. Two Thursday 7 p.m. shows Dec. 12 and 19. Two Sunday matinees Dec. 15 and 22 at 2 p.m.. One Saturday matinee Dec, 21 at 2 p.m., and a special closing Christmas Eve matinee at 2 p.m.
Tickets for Scrooge are only $22 in advance and available at Harmony Books, The BookSeller, online at legacypresents.com or by calling 530-268 5419.
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