Department of Theatre Presents “Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol”
November 06, 2015
ALLIANCE, Ohio – The University of Mount Union Department of Theater will present “Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol” at 7:30 p.m. on November 19, 20 and 21 and at 2 p.m. on November 22 in Brush Performance Hall of the Giese Center for the Performing Arts.
Directed by Kevin P. Kern, assistant professor and chair of the Department of Theatre at Mount Union, “Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol” will feature Dan Wilson Davis as Ebenezer Scrooge. Davis will be Mount Union’s Eckler lecturer at 6 p.m. on Thursday, November 19 in the Gallaher Black Box Theatre in the Giese Center for the Performing Arts. Davis will give a short lecture and guests are encouraged to stay for his performance as Scrooge following the lecture in Brush Performance Hall.
For more than 30 years, Davis has been a professional actor, writer and director. Some of Davis’ appearances include Groucho Marx in “It’s Top Secret,” a musical written by Davis and his writing partner Stephen Muro; Harry MacAfee in “Bye-Bye Birdie directed by Kevin P. Kern, Mayor Shinn in “The Music Man” and Herman in “Sweet Charity.”His work in feature films includes “The Westing Game,” “Lying in Wait” and “Hidalgo.” Also a television actor, Davis’ guest appearances include “Suite Life of Zack and Cody,” “18 Wheels of Justice,” “Pacific Blue” and “Recipe for Disaster.” In addition, Davis been featured in more than 100 television commercials including Big Lots and Little Caesars and Toyota. Davis’ career highlights include guest directing at Yale University and writing a book for “I Got Merman” at the Rich Forum Theatre. As a writer, Davis has been honored with a Daytime Emmy Award; a Telly Award and a Los Angeles Artistic Directors Award. He has also been a staff writer on the Fox Network.
The remaining cast of the show includes the following:
- senior Alex Waitinas of Mariposa, California in the role of a caroler;
- freshman Abby Lantz of Dover, Ohio in the role of a caroler;
- freshman Kerstin Vaughn of Norton, Ohio in the role of a caroler;
- junior Kayla Lehman of Mogadore, Ohio in the role of a caroler;
- senior David Lenahan of Rocky River, Ohio in the role of Fred, Scrooge’s nephew;
- sophomore Joshua Lieter of Akron, Ohio in the role of charity one, Fezziwig party guest and a townsperson;
- junior Micah McConnaughey of Washington Courthouse, Ohio in the role of charity two;
- junior Summer Wilkinson of Strasburg, Ohio in the role of the Ghost of Christmas Present;
- sophomore Rosie Miranda-Marin in the role of Fan, Fezziwig party guest and a townsperson;
- sophomore Jessica Berner of Sugar Grove, Pennsylvania in the role of Mrs. Fezziwig and Mrs. Pennyroyal;
- freshman Bailey England of Republic, Ohio in the role of Scrooge at 20 and Topper;
- sophomore Nicole Siliko of Brunswick, Ohio in the role of Belle and Jane;
- sophomore Shannon Catanella of Cherry Hill, New Jersey in the role of the Ghost of Christmas Present;
- freshman George Carr of Washington Courthouse, Ohio in the role of Bob Cratchit;
- freshman Caitlin Nilo of Berlin, Maryland in the role of Mrs. Cratchit;
- freshman Grace Collins of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in the role of Belinda Cratchit;
- freshman Maddie Frye of Parma, Ohio in the role of Martha Cratchit;
- freshman Jordan Martin of Mentor, Ohio in the role of Peter Cratchit;
- junior Chelsea Posterli of Austintown, Ohio in the role of Miss Alice, Fezziwig party guest and townsperson;
- sophomore Aaron Cross of Cleveland Heights, Ohio in the role of Old Joe, Fezziwig party guest;
- senior Alyssa Sufron of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio in the role of Mrs. Dilber and Fezziwig party guest;
- junior Rachel Eastman of North Canton, Ohio in the role of Caroline, Fezziwig party guest and townsperson;
- freshman Chris Tucker of Delaware, Ohio in the role of Thomas, Fezziwig party guest and townsperson;
- Doug Hendel, professor emeritus of theatre, in the role of Jacob Marley;
- Matthew Eversdyke in the role of Young Scrooge;
- Aidan Kern of Alliance, Ohio in the role of Tiny Tim Cratchit and
- Sander Kern of Alliance, Ohio in the role of the Turkey Boy.
The Eckler Lecture is free and open to the public. Tickets for the production of “Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol” are $12 general admission; $10 for seniors and veterans; free for students, faculty and staff and $3 for children 12 and under. To purchase tickets, visit mountunion.edu/boxoffice.
Year of the Arts
The Year of the Arts will feature a number of special performances including nationally known groups. The event lineup for the year is being planned by the University’s Year of the Arts committee, which includes representatives of the departments of Art, Music and Theatre, along with several others on campus. In addition to special guest performances, the Year of the Arts will feature a full repertoire of music and theatre student performances in the new Giese Center for the Performing Arts, as well as gallery shows by student and professional artists. In addition, a number of the 2015 lectures will be dedicated to the arts. Check mountunion.edu for an updated event schedule throughout the year.