Comfort and Joy – A Christmas Carol Returns for the 45th Year

Seattle, WA — The magic of Charles Dickens’ classic tale will come to life this year in an all-new radio-style audio play! Imagine Scrooge, Marley and all of the characters you’ve come to love so well… all in the comfort of your home. 

“This year is our 45th anniversary of ACT’s much beloved version of A Christmas Carol and like everything else in 2020, it will be delivered to you in a brand-new way,” says John Langs, ACT’s Artistic Director. Langs also helmed this year’s production. “The hard-working team at ACT, after converting the Falls Theatre into a safety-compliant recording studio, embarked on the adventure of turning our stage production into a lovingly rendered audio production that we know will be a movie for your mind.”

Audiences will be magically transported to that famously chilly Christmas Eve night in our enchanting adaptation with an all-star cast on hand to bring Charles Dickens’ tale to life.

Jeff Steitzer returns to A Christmas Carol – this time, as Ebenezer Scrooge. Kurt Beattie takes a new turn as Marley. We are delighted that Leslie Law (Spirit #2), Arlando Smith (Fred), Rob Burgess (Mr. Fezziwig) and Piper Harden (Tiny Tim) are reprising their beloved roles this year. Our cast of favorites also includes ACT Core Company members Anne Allgood, Chip Sherman, Rachel Guyer-Mafune and Jasmine Jean Sim, as well as many other familiar faces (and some new ones) as these beloved characters.

John continues, “Sitting in the isolation of the control booth at the back of the Falls Theatre, I was wonderfully struck listening to this story come alive through the voices of this tremendously talented cast who have brought their whole heart to the telling of this story.”

 

 

A Christmas Carol. Comfort and Joy – recorded in whisper booths at The 5th Avenue Theatre featuring Anne Allgood, Leslie Law, Nathaniel Tenenbaum and Eric Jensen.

 

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ACT's STATEMENT: About this year’s production and recording of A Christmas Carol

We are proud to present a fully cast and professionally produced audio version of A Christmas Carol this year. This year’s audio play represents ACT’s 45th year of delighting audiences with Charles Dickens’ classic tale of redemption and charity. And even though we can’t, because of COVID restrictions, produce this holiday favorite for the live stage as we have done traditionally, we can, in this new digital space, give the gift of A Christmas Carol to many more families in Seattle and across the country than we could ever have reached solely from our stage. Think of this year’s production as a “movie for your mind.”

Our recording was completed over the course of six days in October. Seven recording booths were set up on ACT’s Falls stage with professional sound recording equipment. Singing was captured by using recording booths at The 5th Avenue Theatre. It was essential that our cast could work and create in the safest of conditions.

Prior to recording, all actors rehearsed remotely together over Zoom.

“Like the Spirits of Christmas Past, Present and Future, our sound engineer Sharath Patel has a gift for transporting you through time and space and landing you right alongside Ebenezer Scrooge on his transformative journey,” John goes on to say.

“The cast was tested for COVID every 72 hours to keep one another safe so they could make something beautiful. In this year where we have lost so much, this story glows with the promise of a better world. A world that offers such a generous rendering of humanity and the possibility that it is never too late to make better choices. Having lived with this story at ACT over the past few years its message only grows stronger the more adversity we face. We cannot wait to share it with you.”

 

 

 

Cast and Crew

Meet the cast of A Christmas Carol. We bet you’ll recognize many familiar names and faces:

Anne Allgood* | Mrs. Fezziwig, Mrs. Dilber, Laundress
Kurt Beattie | Marley, Old Joe
Rob Burgess | Mr. Fezziwig, Topper, Solicitor #2
Gwen Cable | Belinda/Elizabeth, Fan
Alban Dennis | Bob Cratchit, Grocer
Rachel Guyer-Mafune* | Martha, Guest, Charwoman
Piper Harden | Tiny Tim
Ty Ho | Charles, Turkey Boy/Undertaker’s Assistant, Master Fezziwig
Tracy Hyland | Mrs. Cratchit, Sugar Plum Seller
Eric Jensen | Caroler
Apollo Jones | Peter, Young Scrooge, Singing Thief
Josh Kenji | Middle Scrooge, Robin Crusoe
Leslie Law | Ghost of Christmas Present
Galen Osier | Solicitor #1, Party Guest, Businessman
Chip Sherman* | Ghost of Christmas Past
Jasmine Jean Sim* | Belle, Niece
Arlando Smith | Fred, Dick Wilkins, Businessman
Jeff Steitzer | Ebenezer Scrooge
Nathaniel Tenenbaum | Narrator

John Langs – Director

 

 

*ACT Core Company

Sharath Patel – Sound Designer and Master Engineer
Gin Hammond – Dialect Coach
R.J. Tancioco – Music Director
Stina Lotti – Stage Manager
Cricket Myers – Audio Editor
Erin Zatloka – Covid Compliance Officer

Reaching for the moon! 42nd Street Moon's Virtual Events Keeps Fans Engaged

Reaching for the moon! 42nd Street Moon's Virtual Events Keeps Fans Engaged.

 

 

San Francisco, CA — As states ban mass gatherings across America in an effort to control the COVID-19 spread, many theatres and performing arts centers may have to shut their doors forever. But during trying times, sometimes you have to try something different; and the 42 Street Moon in San Francisco is putting forth a great effort.

In order to maintain the connection with their patrons, they have put together three regularly scheduled virtual entertainment events that reminds the public how important the arts are, especially while in quarantine. In addition, through these virtual events, they are able to generate much needed revenue and continue to be relevant to their fan base. Between "Quiz Me, Kate," "Full Moon Fridays" and "Tuesday Talks" fans get a steady dose of fun and entertainment.

Although this virtual series is designed to keep their local audience, with it they now have a chance to build a nationwide audience. Which goes to show that this COVID cloud does have a silver lining

 

For more information about the events a 42 Street Moon, visit

 

Visit  42ndstmoon.org

 

11th Hour Theatre Offers Virtual Membership to Quarantine Cabaret and more

 

11th Hour Virtual Membership

 

Philadelphia, PA — For only $50 Society XI members will enjoy a wide range of online programming including Quarantine Cabarets featuring extraordinary singing duos, as well as Musical Theatre Salons where you’ll be able to virtually interact LIVE with some of your favorite Philly artists over Zoom. 

So for now, set up your laptop, phone, or cast to the big screen, because we’re bringing some big talent right to your home! Enjoy Quarantine Cabarets: evenings of stories and songs with some of Philly’s most entertaining performers, who just happen to also be quarantined together, and Musical Theatre Salons: curated, interactive discussion with some of your favorite 11th Hour artists about the most important elements of musical theatre.

Enjoy Musical Theatre Salons and Quarantine Cabarets

https://11thhourtheatrecompany.org/shows/virtual-membership/

 

 

Enjoy Live Theatre with No Pants On... with 1812 Productions' "I Put My Pants On For This"

 

 

Select Thursdays at 6pm, 1812 Productions welcomes you to "I Put on Pants for This! "

"I Put on Pants for This" features 1812’s Producing Artistic Director Jen Childs and her husband Scott Greer wearing pants in their home, talking comedy and 1812 history. It’s a casual conversation about how some of our favorite works came to be, some of 1812 Productions' favorite performers, and maybe even a scene or two. We hope you’ll join in and, while they’re wearing pants, you certainly don’t have to!

 

  Thursday starting at 6pm EDT.

LINK

https://www.1812productions.org/i-put-on-pants-for-this

11th Hour Theatre Announces Its Anti-Racism Action Plan

 

 

11th Hour Theatre's Anti-Racism Action Plan

 
 

 

The deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Dominique “Rem’mie” Fells, and too many other people of color continue to shine a horrifying spotlight on a system and society that does not see all of its citizens as equal. 

11th Hour recognizes that we have been complicit in maintaining the practices of this racist system, and hereby commit to making fundamental changes to our staff, creative practices, and board of directors in order to create a truly anti-racist organization. 

 

In accordance with this commitment:

 

We will produce the work of at least one writer, composer, and/or lyricist of color every season. 

 

We are assembling a diverse season-selection committee to broaden our perspective and better represent the Philadelphia community. This committee will be responsible for recommending all of the material 11th Hour produces each season. 

 

We will be hiring a BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and/or Person(s) of Color) casting director this summer. 

 

We aim to increase the percentage of non-white artists we employ each season from 30% (based on 18/19 and 19/20 seasons) to at least 50%. 

 

We will be employing at least one BIPOC director every season. 

 

We will train our current and new staff members about anti-racism (starting this month with training modules from the Institute of El Paso).

 

We aim to increase BIPOC representation on our board of directors to 30% or more by December of  2021. 

 

We will acknowledge the Lenni Lenape people, the original inhabitants of this land, through a lobby display at each of our performances. 

 

We will find organizations and BIPOC artists with missions similar to ours to promote to our audiences. 

 

11th Hour Theatre Company stands in solidarity with all of those seeking justice in Philadelphia and across the country. We recognize this is not a perfect or complete list of actions, and thank you for your patience as we continue to grow and learn. We are committed to making 11th Hour an actively anti-racist organization, and encourage any and all feedback be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Michael Philip O’Brien, Producing Artistic Director and Co-Founder

Grayce Hoffman, Director of Communications

Steve Pacek, Associate Artistic Director and Co-Founder

Megan Nicole O’Brien, Resident Director and Co-Founder

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