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Don’t be a Scrooge – go see A Christmas Carol

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Belfast – The cast and crew are putting the finishing touches on their production, A Christmas Carol – before they dot another ‘i’. Midcoast Actors’ Studio presents the holiday classic December 6, 7, 14 at 7:00 p.m. and Dec. 8 and 15 at 2:00 p.m. at Troy Howard Stage, 173 Lincolnville Ave. Belfast.

This version of the famous Charles Dickens story of Scrooge was adapted by retired theater professor John Bielenberg over 20 years ago and has been performed every Christmastime since then in New York. This will mark the 4th production of it here in Maine and the first for Midcoast Actors’ Studio, which Artistic Director Jason Bannister hopes will become a tradition.

“Everyone knows the heartwarming tale of Scrooge and Tiny Tim, and this adaptation adds some original and delightful twists.” says Bannister. The production includes many songs, making it feel like a musical at times. Add to that the beautiful set and costumes, as well as the strong acting from a company including many returning actors from previous years, and audiences are in for a night of family fun.

Brian Ross plays the miserly old Scrooge. The rest of the cast includes Christine West, Jay Rosenberg, Scott and Leah Smith, Katie Glessner, Erik Perkins, Tyler Johnstone, Macartney Wyatt, Randall Merrifield, and Ada Curry. Bannister directs, while Lila Nation is the music director. Set and costumes are by John and Elaine Bielenberg. Ginny Ford is stage manager. A Christmas Carol runs around two hours including intermission.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students. The show is appropriate for ages 7 and up. Reservations can be made with a credit card by calling the box office at 370-7592. Tickets can also be purchased at the door. MAS accepts cash, check, and credit cards.

On the Saturday, December 14 performance there will be a dinner beforehand. Menu items include lasagna, salad, and bread. Dinner will be served at 6:00 p.m. The performance is in the cafetorium so diners can stay at their table to watch the show or move to the traditional theater style seating. Tickets for the dinner and show are $25 for adults and $20 for students. Reservations for the dinner must be made by Dec. 9.

A Christmas Carol is the last production of a successful 2013 season for Midcoast Actors’ Studio. The 2014 season is shaping up to be very exciting, with 7 productions including: All in the Timing in February, The King and I in March, August:Osage County in June, Nunsense in August, Plaza Suite in September, Maine Playwrights Showcase in October, and A Christmas Carol in December.

For more information about this or future productions, please contact Artistic Director Jason Bannister at midcoastactors@gmail.com, or visit them at midcoast.org or on Facebook.