TVP bringing ‘A Christmas Carol the Musical’ to Old Town

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Temecula Valley Players is bringing “A Christmas Carol the Musical” back to Old Town Temecula Community Theater for a week starting Friday, Nov. 29. Shawna Sarnowski Photography photo

For more than a dozen years Temecula Valley Players has produced the classic tale, “A Christmas Carol the Musical” to the Old Town Temecula Community Theater.

According to Terri Miller Schmidt, vice president of productions for TVP, there’s no reason to stop now.

“(TVP) has considered other holiday shows in the past, but always come back to ‘A Christmas Carol,’ as it is so well received by patrons who often bring their close friends and families every year,” Miller Schmidt said, who will also serve as director for the production. “Due to its popularity, TVP often has many of its local actors performing in the play that continue to come back year after year, and we are also able to cast whole families of actors who cherish the experience onstage together.”

The production opens Friday, Nov. 29, and ends Sunday, Dec. 8.

John Edward Clark stars as Ebenezer Scrooge, Gene Sitts as Bob Cratchit, Meg Morris as Mrs. Cratchit and Michael Gamble will play Tiny Tim.

The Ghost of Jacob Marley will be performed by Kit Fugrad, Ava Sarnowski will be the Ghost of Christmas Past, Jeremy Kurator will play the Ghost of Christmas Present and Belle Grisso will perform as the Ghost of Christmas Future. Bruno Satalino will be Fred Anderson.

“The cast totals 43 this year with a large ensemble playing many different roles which also include 19 youth actors and many returning adult actors,” Miller Schmidt said. “We are still able to welcome some new folks to the company as well. We have several family members performing together – father and daughters, mother and daughter and two pairs of sisters.”

The director said she was fortunate to be surrounded by lots of help in getting the musical running smoothly.

“Each director has their own vision of how the show will be presented, and I’m no exception,” Miller Schmidt said. “I was fortunate to be able to surround myself with a creative team that consists of musical director Rachel Peiffer Green and choreographer Summer Betancourt that share the same vision.”

She said the team has worked well together.

“For this year’s production, we have worked hard to return it to its roots,” Miller Schmidt said. “We are striving to keep the warmth and feeling of the importance of keeping family, friends and those we love most, tightly around us during the holidays, and ultimately all year long,”

She said some of the highlights of the show include the sweet innocence of the frail but spunky Tiny Tim, performed by Gamble, the featured dancers in the show, and the tap-dancing number which she said is always a crowd-pleaser.

Of course the powerful portrayal of Ebenezer Scrooge by the amazing John Edward Clark returning once again to the role,” Miller Schmidt said. “Not to mention the vocals in this show are fantastic.”

She hopes audiences will leave each performance with love in their hearts.

“We hope they all come away from the experience feeling we have told the story well,” she said. “Our hope is to send audiences home humming the tunes, remembering the characters and pausing for a moment longer to stop and hug your kids a minute longer, give your wife or husband a longer kiss and give grandma or grandpa a tight hug to show them all how much you care, and that you realize life is indeed short.”

“A Christmas Carol the Musical” will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 29-30, and Dec. 3-5 and 7. The musical will be performed at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30, and Dec. 7-8.

Tickets are $17-$27 with discounts available.

Old Town Temecula Community Theater is at 42051 Main Street in Temecula. For tickets, call (866) 653-8696, visit http://tickets.temeculatheater.org or visit the box office.

Jeff Pack can be reached by email at jpack@reedermedia.com.