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“A Christmas Carol” Returns to NECC Stage

Submitted by on November 21, 2017 – 6:32 pm

It’s been five years since alumni Mark Morrison (standing) and Eric Salvi played Scrooge and Bob Cratchit respectively. Morrison returns to the show this year.

After a two-year hiatus, Northern Essex Community College will once again present the Charles Dickens classic “A Christmas Carol” in the newly renovated Chester Hawrylciw Theater.

Ebenezer Scrooge, the Cratchit Family, and all the other Dickensian characters will come to life on a refurbished stage on the third floor of the Spurk Building on the Haverhill campus, 100 Elliot St.

“We are excited to be bringing this show back,” said Alisa Bucchiere, NECC music professor and one of the four Madrigal singers in the play. The Merrimac resident prompted the resurrection of the play.

There was a bit of nostalgia between Bucchiere and NECC Early Childhood Professor Deirdre Budzyna and her husband John and children Erin, Maggie, and Colin, all of who have played different characters over the 15 years it was performed.

This year, John and Deirdre Budzyna of Newburyport, are directing the play and Bucchiere is musical director. Alumnus Mark Morrison of Haverhill will play Scrooge a role he brought to life back in 2012.

“We have done this show many, many times,” she said. “Truth be told I kept nudging them until the Budzyna clan said yes,” she said. “It will be a bit of a celebration too, to be in the new theater space because it is so different than it used to be, and with a nod to the future so that NECC’s “A Christmas Carol” production can help fund future theater productions and enable the current theater students to continue to go to the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival each year.”

The show will be performed Friday, Dec. 8 at 7 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 9 at 3 and 7 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 10, at 3 p.m.

Tickets will be available at the door. They can also be purchased through MKTIX.org at

Ticket prices are $12 for adults, $10 for student/seniors and free for children under the age of 5.

The NECC production was originally presented as a onetime fundraiser for the performing arts department by now retired husband and wife NECC Professors Jim Murphy and Susan Sanders. The play was so successful, it became an NECC community event each holiday season with faculty, staff, students, and their family members auditioning for roles.

For additional information contact Bucchiere.

The cast includes:

Amesbury

Dick Wilkins and Christmas Future: Patrick Doherty

Fred’s Housekeeper: Bonnie Surowiec

Andover:

Boy in Street: Jordan Mathew

Danville, NH

Guest 1 & Laundress: Katherine Burrell

East Hampstead

Bob Cratchit: David Dutilly

East Kingston

Mrs. Cratchit: Sarah Courchesne

Young Ebenezer: Malcolm Courchesne

Ignorance and Boy in Street: Simon Courchesne

Exeter, NH

Christmas Past: Kallie Mayo

Belinda and Want: Reilly Mayo

Haverhill

Ebenezer Scrooge: Mark Morrison

Madrigal Singer D and Guest 3: Geehae Moon

Merrimac

Madrigal Singer A: Alisa Bucchiere

Fred: Bryan Marden

Charity Man: Bill Gaylardo

Methuen

Belle: Rebecca Malas

Newbury

Belle’s Husband: Justin Kelly

Newburyport

Jacob Marley: John Budzyna

Fred’s Wife: Anna Marcheterre

Plaistow, NH

Old Joe and Fezziwig: Todd Buckley

Martha: Olivia Buckley

Tewksbury

Madrigal Singer C: Chip Bliss

Included in the cast are:

Madrigal Singer B: Noah Caezza

Fan: Kairi Bohanan

Young Scrooge: Armando Belliard

Mrs. Fezziwig: Melissa Juchniewicz

Peter: Lincoln Bohanan

Tiny Tim: Melina Bohanan