Sunday, November 27, 2016

Not a Humbug: 9 Works Theatrical Stages A Christmas Carol: The Musical

Of the many adaptations of the Charles Dickens classic, it is A Christmas Carol: The Musical by composer Alan Menken (The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Little Shop of Horrors) and lyricist Lynn Ahrens (Once on This Island, Ragtime) that takes the joy and celebration found in the novella and brings it to life on stage.

Charles Dickens, known for many important works of literature like Oliver Twist and Great Expectations, also wrote one of the most beloved stories about Christmas. Published in 1843, professor and editor Richard Michael Kelly contextualized Charles Dickens quintessential Christmas story as having ushered forth a renewed vigor in celebrating “the most wonderful time of the year.” This novella, A Christmas Carol, is as timeless as the holiday that it celebrates.

According to Professor Kelly, Puritans in America and England stopped celebrating Christmas by the 17th century and it wasn’t until the late 1830s that people began singing Christmas carols in the streets again. The publication of the Charles Dickens novella and its critical and commercial success brought back Christmas as we know it —the giving of gifts and Christmas cards, the decoration of trees, and all the other trappings of this beautiful holiday.

It is a story that we all know: a bitter, old miser called Ebenezer Scrooge hates Christmas and calls it “humbug.” But the three ghosts of the season — the ghost of Christmas past, the ghost of Christmas present, and the ghost of Christmas future— soon visit him and they open up his eyes to the world. It is the journey of an angry, greedy, and selfish individual and his discovery of the true meaning of Christmas.

It is a redemption story that is so beautifully written that underneath its joyful celebration of giving and love, it subtly takes stabs at the oppressive social structures prevalent in Britain during that time. Significantly enough, that message still rings so true today.

Christmas is a time for celebration — for singing and dancing and being around people you love — and that lends itself perfectly to musical theater. A Christmas Carol: The Musical was written by Tony Award nominee Mike Ockrent and Tony Award winner Lynn Ahrens, with lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, and music by Alan Menken; winner of eleven Grammy Awards, eight Oscar Awards, seven Golden Globes, the Olivier Award, Tony Award, Drama Desk Award, and two Outer Critics Awards.

What better way to celebrate the holiday cheer than a trip to the theater to remind yourself what the true meaning of Christmas is.

A Christmas Carol: The Musical stars theater veteran Miguel Faustmann as Ebenezer Scrooge, Ariel Reonal as Jacob Marley, Norby David as the Ghost of Christmas Past, Franz Imperial as the Ghost of Christmas Present, Ela Lisondra as the Ghost of Christmas Future, and introducing Rocco Buser and Dewayde Dizon as Tiny Tim. It also stars Raul Montesa as Bob Cratchit, Anna Santamaria as Mrs. Cratchit, Jun Ofrasio as Mr. Fezziwig, Dawn Eduave as Mrs. Fezziwig, Nel Gomez as Fred, Al Gatmaitan as Young Ebenezer Scrooge, Mitzie Lao as Emily, Gian Gloria as Sally, together with Tory Cortez, Andre Ruelo and DM Garcia alternating as Jonathon and Scrooge at 12, Rayne Cortez and Ella Gonzalez as Grace Smythe, Ornela Buser and Cerise Ramirez as Fan, Mari Yapjoco and Joe Ng as Fred’s son.

Rounding up the cast are Kyle Francisco as Martha Cratchit, GM Hernandez as Mr. Smythe, JP Basco as Young Marley, Will Angeles as Beadle, Kendrick Ibasco as Mr. Hawkins, Josh Ramirez as John William Scrooge, Jonjon Martin as Harry, Mara Javier as Mrs. Mops, Mariella Laurel as Scrooge’s mother, Shalee Vicencio and Ina Salonga.

A Christmas Carol is directed by Robbie Guevara, together with Onyl Torres as assistant director, Daniel Bartolome as musical director, PJ Rebullida & Yek Barlongay as choreographers, Mio Infante as scenographer, Martin Esteva as lighting designer, Myrene Santos as hair and makeup designer, Dong Calingacion as technical director, Philleep Masaquel as technical supervisor, Jaime Godinez & Rards Corpus as Sound Designers, Chuck Ledesma as sound effects designer, GA Fallarme as video & projection designer, Ian Cartalaba as costume supervisor & design assistant.

Heading the production team are executive producers Santi Santamaria (9 Works Theatrical) and Joe Caliro (Globe Live), Denise Seva (Globe Live Director for Events and Production), with 9 Works Theatrical’s Anna Santamaria as company manager, Toff de Venecia as PR director, Jonjon Martin and Issa Tuason as PR managers, GM Hernandez as marketing manager, Arma Bonilla as stage manager, JC Inocian as photographer, and Gian Nicdao as graphic designer.

A Christmas Carol will be shown on December 3 to 4, 9 to 11 & 16 to 18, 21 & 22, 2016 at 8:00pm, and December 25, 2016 at 7:00pm, at Globe Iconic Bonifacio High Street Amphitheater, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.

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A Christmas Carol is brought to you by 9 Works Theatrical & Globe Live, presented by MasterCard & HUAWEI, co-presented by FOX, Star World & Bonifacio High Street, with Makeup Forever as the official makeup partner, Uniquely Pinoy and MVNDO.

A CHRISTMAS CAROL is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).

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