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December 11, 2012 > Curtain Call to present re-imagined "Christmas Carol"

Curtain Call to present re-imagined "Christmas Carol"

Submitted By David Ojakian

This weekend, Curtain Call Performing Arts (CCPA) presents the annual holiday production of "A Christmas Carol, the Musical" at the Arts Education Center in San Leandro. Running December 14-23, this installment presents a re-imagining of the famous Dickens story. Set in 1940s Londontown, Scrooge travels back in time to a roaring '20s party, meets some crazy zombies, and catches a Rockette Style Show, all while being visited by the three ghosts we all know so well - Past, Present, and Future.

The musical version receives the full Broadway treatment from the creative team of Alan Menken ("Beauty and the Beast"), Lynn Ahrens ("Ragtime"), and Mike Okrent ("Crazy For You") as the classic tale based on Charles Dickens' novel is brought to life by a diverse and vibrant cast of community performers. Rich vocals, elaborate sets, staging, and costume design will take the audience on a fantastic journey through time, as they witness Scrooge's transformation from miser to benefactor.

Curtain Call, whose steampunked summer 2012 production of Rogers and Hammerstein's "Cinderella" was nominated for 10 San Francisco regional awards including Best Musical and called "...a must see theatrical event..." by the site's own Linda Hodges, opened their fifth season November 30 with their hit concert choir CANTARE! Now the company is ready for the first musical of the season.

"Much like our steampunk 'Cinderella' did last summer, our re-imagining of 'A Christmas Carol' sets our production apart from the other 'Christmas Carol's in the area. We've taken the show out of Dickensian London and placed it in 1940s WWII era Londontown," said Andrea Gorham, CCPA Founding Artistic Director.

As part of an exclusive program, Curtain Call provides multiple shows free of charge to San Leandro Unified School District (SLUSD) school children as part of its exclusive "Gift of Broadway" free assembly program. The program is designed for children that have never before experienced the wonder and magic of theatre, and for whom a visit to the theater is a rare or impossible experience. Also CCPA's "Family Day at the Theatre," Sunday, December 16, will offer $1 admission for K-5th grade children with a paid adult. These two programs have been a part of "A Christmas Carol" since the company's launch in 2008, with a "Gift of Broadway" having served over 9,000 students in the San Leandro Unified School District.

"Our vision of making the arts accessible to everyone is at the heart of our offerings each December, with our 'Gift of Broadway' program and 'Family Day at the Theatre.' Ticket prices have made the arts inaccessible in many ways, and I'm proud that we can continue to offer these opportunities for our community," said David Ojakian, CCPA's Marketing Director.

"A Christmas Carol, the Musical" directed by Misty Megia (Pleasanton), choreography by Christina Lazo (San Francicso), with music and vocal direction by Jedidiah da Roza, features John Cotrufo (Oakland) as Ebenezer Scrooge, Catherine Williamson (San Leandro) as the Ghost of Christmas Past, Nik Dmoski (San Leandro) as the Ghost of Christmas Present, Victorian King-Bowman (Livermore) as the Ghost of Christmas Future, and Emily Joy Kessel (San Ramon) as Tiny Tim.

The show runs December 14 - 23 at the San Leandro Arts Education Center on the San Leandro High School Campus. "Family Day at the Theatre" is the 2 p.m. matinee showing Sunday, December 16. For tickets and information, visit or call (510) 909-9516.

A Christmas Carol, the Musical
Dec 14 - 23
8 p.m. (Sunday matinee: 2 p.m.)
San Leandro Arts Education Center
2200 Bancroft Ave., San Leandro
(510) 909-9516
Tickets: $10 - $25

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