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“A Christmas Carol” Returns to NECC

Submitted by on December 10, 2019 – 7:23 pm

Poster of "A Christmas Carol"“A Christmas Carol,” by Charles Dickens returns to the Northern Essex Community College stage Friday, Dec. 13, with four performances ending Sunday, Dec. 15. in the Chester Hawrylciw Theater, on the third floor of the Spurk Building on the Haverhill Campus, 100 Elliott St.

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 under the direction of John Budzyna and NECC Professor Deirdre Budzyna, both of Newburyport.

A highlight of this production is the four madrigal singers who appear throughout the play singing traditional carols. The music director is NECC Music Professor Alisa Bucchiere, of Merrimac, who will lead the madrigal singers.

The show will be performed Friday, Dec. 13, at 7 pm., Saturday, Dec. 14, at 3 and 7 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 15, at 3 p.m.

Tickets will be available at the door, although seating is limited. They can also be purchased through

Mark Morrison takes on the role of Ebenezer Scrooge in NECC’s production of “A Christmas Carol.”

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. The production was so successful, it became an NECC community event each holiday season with faculty, staff, students, alumni and their family members auditioning for roles.

For additional information, contact Bucchiere, at

The cast includes:

By town:


David Draper, Bob Cratchit

Charlie Himmel, Young Ebenezer, Boy in The Strreet 1

Maggie Himmel, Fan

Bonnie Suroweic, Fred’ Wife

Charlie Himmel Ignorance

Sophie Himmel, junior stage assistant


Tyler Sheltry, assistant stage manager and lighting board operator


Dan Bruns, Charity Man, Third Man

East Hampstead, NH

Maureen Dadekian, Laundress, Mrs. Fezziwig

Exeter, NH

Kallie Mayo, Belinda

Reilly Mayo, Want/Schoolyard Kid


Alivia Olsen, Belle


Mark Morrison, Ebenezer Scrooge

Melanie Bohanan, Mrs. Crtchit

Lincoln Bohanan, Peter

Kairi Bohanan, Martha

Melina Bohanan, Tiny Tim

Emi Sisco, stage manager and soundboard operator


Alisa Bucchiere, Madrigal A


Troy D’Angelo-Lombardi, Young Scrooge


John Budzyna, Jacob Marley

Newton, NH

Geehae Moon, Madrigal D, Guest 2

Michael Letendre, Belle’s Husband, Dick Wilson, Guest 3

Plaistow, NH

Todd Buckley, Fezziwig, Old Joe

Olivia Buckley, Christmas past

Salem, NH

Aaron Lehner, Fred

Hannah Heckman-McKenna, Christmas Present

Allyson Catanzaro, Fred’s Housekeeper, Maid


Matt Bliss, Madrigal B

Chip Bliss, Madrigal C