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December 13, 2011 > 'Christmas Carol' arrives in San Leandro

'Christmas Carol' arrives in San Leandro

Submitted By David Ojakian

Curtain Call Performing Arts (CCPA), is set to premier the Broadway version of "A Christmas Carol, the Musical," this month, launching the company's fourth season, and first as the new resident company of the new $21M Arts Education Center on the San Leandro High School campus.

A classic tale based on the Charles Dickens novel, the musical version brings the story to life with the Broadway team of Alan Menken ("Beauty and the Beast," "Little Mermaid,"), Lynn Ahrens ("Ragtime", "Seussical") and Mike Okrent ("Crazy For You", "Me and My Girl"). The musical ran for ten years at Madison Square Garden and retains its power thanks to the story by Ockrent and Ahrens, and the Menken/Ahrens score. CCPA has made the show a holiday tradition in the greater East Bay, allowing for hundreds of families to enjoy the holiday classic over the years.

"The holiday season is such a great time of the year, and we are proud to offer a destination for families in the greater Bay Area to enjoy affordable, quality live theatre," said Andrea Gorham, CCPA Co-Founder and Artistic Director. "Also important to us, 'Family Day at the Theatre,' and the 'Gift of Broadway' free assembly programs, which make the show more accessible than ever to youth and families in our community."

Curtain Call provides multiple shows free of charge to local school children as part of its exclusive "Gift of Broadway" free assembly program, and continues it's "Family Day at the Theatre," on Sun. Dec. 18, where admission for K-8th grade children is only $1.00 with a paid adult.

Announced this past summer, Jon Siapno joins the CCPA staff as musical director. A native of San Leandro, Jon brings an impressive resume having studied composition at the NYU Musical Theatre Writing Program earning a Bachelors of Music from NYU, and an MA in Sociology and Education from Columbia University. Mr. Siapno gained invaluable experience on Broadway working with composer and five-time Tony nominee Elizabeth Swados, and as an apprentice to conductors of Wicked on Broadway and the San Francisco touring production.

"A Christmas Carol, the Musical," directed by Catherine Heck (San Leandro), with musical direction by Jon Siapno, stars Kevin Foley (Castro Valley), as Ebenezer Scrooge, Rebecca Sulek (San Leandro), as the Ghost of Christmas Past, Ron Ramos (San Leandro), as the Ghost of Christmas Present, Teresa Attridge (San Francisco), as the Ghost of Christmas Future, and Kyle Herrera (San Leandro), as Tiny Tim.

The show runs December 16-24, closing with a Christmas Eve matinee. All shows will be performed at the Arts Education Center on the San Leandro High School Campus. For tickets and information, visit www.curtaincallperformingarts.org or call (510) 629-9516.


A Christmas Carol
Friday, Dec 16 - Dec 24
8 p.m. (Matinees at 2 p.m.)
Arts Education Center (San Leandro High School)
2200 Bancroft Ave., San Leandro
(510) 629-9516
www.curtaincallperformingarts.org

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