“A Christmas Carol” Returns to NECC Stage
Once again, Northern Essex Community College will present the Charles Dickens’ classic “A Christmas Carol” in the Chester Hawrylciw Theater, on the third floor of the Spurk Building on the Haverhill Campus, 100 Elliott St. This year’s performance will take place the weekend of Dec. 7-9.
Ebenezer Scrooge, the Ghost of Christmas Past, the Cratchit Family, and all other Dickens characters will come to life in this year’s play, adding fun and tradition to the holiday season.
A special feature of this production is the four madrigal singers who appear throughout the play singing traditional carols. NECC music professor Alisa Bucchiere will lead the madrigals.
Bucchiere of Merrimac will direct the production along with John Budzyna of Newburyport. Actor and director Tom Whately of North Berwick, Maine will play the role of Scrooge.
Whateley will celebrate his 47th year in theater this year, having worked at the Carousel Dinner Theater in Ohio, The Shawnee Playhouse in Pennsylvania, and Nick’s Comedy Stop in Boston, and The Cooperstown Theater Festival in upstate New York, to name some. He also directed several shows including the 2014 World Premiere of a new Christian Rock Opera the Bus Stop Atheist at Merrill Auditorium in Portland, Maine.
The show will be performed Friday, Dec. 7 at 7 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 8 at 3 and 7 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 9, at 3 p.m.
Tickets will be available at the door, although seating is limited. They can also be purchased through MKTIX.org
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 one-time 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, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The cast includes:
Patrick Doherty: Dick Wilkins
Patrick Doherty: Christmas Future
Mary Everett: Old Josephine
Noah Greenstein: Belle’s husband, Guest 2
Lincoln Bohanan: Peter
Kairi Bohanan: Martha
Melina Bohanan: Tiny Tim
Lincoln Bohanan: Peter
Alisa Bucchiere: Madrigal Singer
Dan Smith: Young Scrooge
Alicia Smith: Belle
John Budzyna: Jacob Marley
Chip Bliss: Madrigal Singer
Tom Whateley: Ebenezer Scrooge
Maureen Dadekian, Mrs. Fezziwig, Maid
Malcolm Courchesne: Young Ebenezer
Simon Courchesne: Ignorance
Sarah Courchesne: Mrs. Cratchitt
Reilly Mayo: Fan
Geehae Moon: Madrigal Singer, Guest 1
Olivia Buckley: Christmas Past
Todd Buckley: Fezziwig