It’s Scrooge Time! Weekends, Nov. 9 through Nov. 25.
Hawaii Children’s Theatre presents the classic Charles Dickens tale A Christmas Carol — adapted for the stage in the musical SCROOGE!
Opening night will be Friday, November 9 at 7 p.m. with a three-week run, weekends only, at the Kaua`i War Memorial Convention Hall in Lihu`e, closing on Sunday, November 25. All Friday and Saturday night shows are at 7 p.m. and Sunday matinees are at 4 p.m.
The score is by Tony, Grammy and Academy award winner Leslie Bricusse.
Ed Eaton is the director — you may have seen his signature on prior HCT productions of Annie, Cinderella, Godspell and Willy Wonk. Bailey Hutton will assist.
Ron Horoshko, assisted by Holly Rudinoff, has created whimsical sets. His signature sets include Cinderella, Peter Pan, Willy Wonka. Kit Alderete is the builder.
Marc Sicignano and Stevle Whitney created the lighting and sound, respectively, and Marly Madayag created special effects, some of them certifiably creepy. She also directed Peter Pan.
Nina Saraos, assisted by Dolly Kanekuni gave musical direction and Carol Culver did the Broadway choreography,
Heather Singleton is the new stage manger; Kathy Leonard, a new costumer, who’s creating and sewing bundles of Victorian era costumes. Steven Kanekuni is props manager.
The story opens on Christmas Eve in the office of Scrooge, played by Jeff Demma, and his departed business partner, Marley, played by Ron Wood.
As the town prepares to celebrate the season, Bob Cratchit — Nestor Figeroa — is still hard at work in the cold room of his miserly employer and even a celebratory dinner invitation from his nephew, Mark Stein, and his wife, Helen — Dolly Kanekuni — cannot get Ebenezer Scrooge to join the festivities.
Scrooge instead visits the street vendors, demanding loan repayment. Approached for a donation for the poor, Scrooge is bah humbug. He sings of his one true love — money.
That evening, Scrooge is visited by the ghost of his partner, Marley, who sings Make the Most of This World. He gets notice of three additional ghostly visits on this night.
The first ghost is from Christmas Past, Raina Silver, who sings Love While You Can and takes him back to school as Young Ebenezer, played by Colter Belknap, who appears with his little sister, Jen, played by Juliah Peck. And so the tale unfolds.
A special benefit show, an HCT tradition, will be held on November 11 at 4 p.m., when all seats will be $6 with a food donation for the food banks. We are also offering an exciting fundraiser — a $25 ticket available for any Sunday matinee that will include VIP seating, a backstage tour, refreshments and a souvenir, with a start time of 3 p.m.
For ticket information, visit online at www.hawaiichildrenstheatre.com; or call the HCT office at 808-246-8985.
Help support HCT as it continues to provide first-class productions with and for children. Consider purchasing an ad in the playbill, donating a drawing prize or sponsoring a set piece. For information, call Debra at 808-639-2437.