El Dorado Musical Theater will perform the company’s first holiday production this month, complete with chain-rattling ghosts and fantastic flying effects.
Charles Dickens’ classic, “A Christmas Carol,” premiers Friday, Nov. 19, at the Jill Solberg Theatre in Folsom. The musical adaptation, which ran for 10 years at Madison Square Garden, bears the names of Broadway writers Alan Menken (“Beauty and the Beast” and “The Little Mermaid”), Lynn Ahrens (“Ragtime” and “Seussical”) and Mike Okrent (“Crazy For You,” and “Me and My Girl”).
In 2004 the musical version became the basis for an NBC Hallmark Entertainment special (teleplay adaptation by Lynn Ahrens) featuring Kelsey Grammer as Scrooge and an array of other stars including Jason Alexander (Jacob Marley), Jesse L. Martin (Ghost of Christmas Present), Jane Krakowski (Ghost of Christmas Past), Geraldine Chaplin (Ghost of Christmas Future), Jennifer Love Hewitt (Emily) and Ruthie Henshall (Young Scrooge’s Mother).
EDMT has always performed a winter production. But “A Christmas Carol” will mark the company’s first shot at a holiday-themed show.
“It’s very different for us,” said Tanya Bonds, the show’s producer. “But it’s something our director Debbie (Wilson) has been wanting us to try for years now.”
The idea has already paid off, according to Bonds.
“Judging by our ticket sales, the show is going to be very popular,” she said. “We’ve already sold at least 400 tickets for opening night.”
As with most EDMT shows, the musical features two separate casts, dubbed “Holly” and “Mistletoe.” Ebenezer Scrooge will be played by Alex Levy (Holiday cast) and Matt Provencal (Mistletoe). Jacob Marley will be Jordan Peck and Asher Dubin, The Ghost of Christmas Past will be Kaileen Teeter and Jordan Sharp, The Ghost of Christmas Present will be Braiden Wells and Terry Hicks and the Ghost of Christmas Future will be Anjie Rose Wilson and Jenna Sharp. Matt Surges and Jonathan Cranmer will play Bob Cratchit, and Nick Adams and Matthew Bryant will play Tiny Tim. Flying effects will be provided by ZFX — arguably the industry’s leading provider. The company lent their skills for last year’s acclaimed production of “The Wizard of Oz.”
“A Christmas Carol” premiers Friday, Nov. 19, and runs through Dec. 5. at the Jill Solberg Theater on the Folsom High School Campus. Tickets and additional information are available by visiting edmt.info. or calling (916) 941 SING.