By Katherine Rose Watson | Contributor
North Texas Performing Arts presents its 13th annual manufacturing of Scrooge, the Musical that includes its largest forged ever with over 130 grownup and youth actors on this vacation favourite that has captivated some 20,000 viewers members.
Scrooge will probably be directed for the 6th time by NTPA Vice President and eight-year Scrooge Veteran Mike Mazur, who acquired his BFA from Bowling Inexperienced and a Grasp in Fantastic Arts from the celebrated New York College’s (NYU) Tisch Faculty of the Arts. Mike has directed over 100 exhibits on each coasts and Texas, and has carried out off-Broadway, in Hollywood, London, Warsaw, and Paris.
“Most rewarding to me is when viewers members inform us that they arrive again to see Scrooge year-after-year to get them into the Christmas Spirit,” says Mazur. “Every year we hold the present new, recent, larger and higher than the 12 months earlier than.”
The 2023 forged options its largest forged ever with over 130 grownup and youth actors on this vacation favourite.
The forged options Plano resident Darrell Rodenbaugh in a reprise in his 13th 12 months and 112th look as North Texas’s Scrooge. “It’s such an honor to return again to this function with this wonderful forged. I’m energized by Scrooge’s very particular message of rebirth and redemption and the highly effective message it shares,” explains Rodenbaugh. “Scrooge teaches us that we’ve the chance to start out our lives yet again and alter for the higher, and offers us our second biggest Christmas story.”
The forged additionally consists of Plano Metropolis Councilman Shelby Williams and 2022 “Better of Broadway Supporting Actor of the 12 months” Tom Walsh. Native expertise Sawyer Bell returns to the forged this 12 months enjoying the function of “Younger Scrooge.” He initially portrayed “Tiny Tim” on this identical sequence a decade in the past! Scrooge continues to be a household custom for Plano, and this 12 months half of the forged are performing alongside different members of their household. The various forged consists of 4 younger Tiny Tim actors, 4 representatives from NTPA’s Starcatchers troupe for actors with disabilities, and NTPA Deaf Theatre star and Plano group chief Meryl Evans. The forged additionally consists of two Plano Chamber of Commerce Athena Award recipients, Sara Akers and Suzie Jones. Over two-thirds of this 12 months’s forged are prior NTPA “Scroogers.”
This 12 months NTPA will probably be providing two “Present to the Group” performances, offering tickets for these two exhibits as a free “Christmas Present” to veterans and underprivileged households. Viewers members will take part in pre-show carols, a particular go to from Santa Claus, free snacks throughout intermission, and a post-show reward bag. NTPA can also be a host-site for the Marine’s “Toys for Tots” program. These keen on sponsoring this invitation-only occasion or making use of for participation or eager to help this program ought to attain out to email@example.com.
This North Texas Christmas custom has been critically acclaimed and described by DFW media sources as “sensible … strong and passionate.” The present continues to realize annually in its following with many patrons making it a “Christmas Custom” and enjoying to sell-out crowds.
Scrooge, the Musical is a present by award-winning songwriter, Leslie Bricusse, creator of the musical variations of “Jekyll & Hyde” and “Willie Wonka”. Receiving 4 Academy Award nominations and 5 Golden Globe nominations in its film model, Scrooge intently follows the plot of Charles Dickens’ acclaimed ebook, A Christmas Carol. The present usually tops regional “must-see” occasion lists for the Christmas Season. Scrooge, the Musical is sponsored partly by the Metropolis of Plano.
“Scrooge teaches us that we’ve the chance to start out our lives yet again and alter for the higher, and offers us our second biggest Christmas story.”
NTPA’s Scrooge will supply 12 performances between December 6-17, with two “Present to the Group” performances December 6 and 13 with the primary weekend on the historic Plano Courtyard Theatre and the closing weekend on the Willow Bend Heart of the Arts in The Outlets at Willow Bend Mall.
On the Courtyard Theatre:
Wednesday, December 6, 7:15 – GIFT TO THE COMMUNITY
Thursday, December 7, 7:15pm
Friday, December 8, 7:15pm
Saturday, December 9 2:15 and seven:15pm
Sunday, December 10 2:30pm
On the Rodenbaugh Theatre:
Wednesday, December 13, 7:15 – GIFT TO THE COMMUNITY
Thursday, December 14, 7:15pm
Friday, December 15, 7:15 pm
Saturday, December 16, 2:15 and seven:15pm
Sunday, December 17, 2:15pm
For extra data and showtimes go to ntpa.org/event/scrooge/.
About Charles Dickens: Scrooge, the Musical is predicated on the Charles Dickens timeless story of A Christmas Carol. Born in 1812 in London, Charles Dicken’s typically drew upon his personal life for the grist of his novels. In 1822, Dicken’s father was imprisoned due to his debt. Dicken’s mom pulled Dickens from faculty and despatched him to work on the age of ten in a Blacking Manufacturing facility which made shoe polish. Finally, Dickens returned to high school and commenced his profession working for a agency of solicitors. Dickens was identified to be expert mimic and gregarious character. He began writing as a contract reporter for regulation circumstances after which revealed his first brief story in 1833, His nationwide fame grew when he revealed his Pickwick Papers, then Oliver Twist, and Nicolas Nickleby. A Christmas Carol, the story that impressed Scrooge, the Musical, was written in 1843.
About North Texas Performing Arts
North Texas Performing Arts (NTPA) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit devoted to growing the character of youth via high quality performing arts schooling and household leisure. NTPA developed from Plano Kids’s Theatre based three many years in the past and is now the biggest youth theatre group within the nation. NTPA is headquartered at Willow Bend Heart of the Arts in Plano and has further efficiency and academic areas in Fairview, Frisco, and Dallas. Every year NTPA gives alternatives to greater than 11,000 college students ages three to 18 via its “Ten Characters” management growth program. NTPA’s skilled creative employees makes use of theatre, dance, music, voice, movie and TV to ignite a lifelong ardour for the performing arts and information younger folks on a path to turning into higher residents in our group and our world.