Continue the Spirit of Christmas at the Alley Theatre with Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol, A Ghost Story of Christmas”

JGoode | 12/26/2007, 8:59 p.m.
Can’t get enough of Christmas? Bah Humbug! Just because Christmas day has come and gone doesn’t mean the spirit of ...

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Can’t get enough of Christmas? Bah Humbug! Just because Christmas day has come and gone doesn’t mean the spirit of Christmas has gone. It seems such a waste to do all that preparation for one big day and when it is over, it’s over. I have the perfect answer for keeping the spirit of Christmas alive just a little longer, Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol, A Ghost Story of Christmas” at the Alley Theatre that runs through December 29, 2007.

Originally titled “A Christmas Carol in Prose, Being a Ghost Story of Christmas,” this story was a novella written by Charles Dickens as a quick way for him to get out of debt. It proved to be a best seller as six thousand copies of the book were sold in its first week when it was published in 1843. In 1844, the book was adapted for the stage as “A Christmas Carol” in London, England, and it hit the big screen in 1910. The Alley Theatre began its production of “A Christmas Carol” in 1988 to the delight of Houstonians.

The Alley Theatre’s version of the classic tale of Ebenezer Scrooge’s journey with three ghosts that visit him on Christmas Eve was adapted and originally directed by Michael Wilson. This year Alley Theatre’s Associate Director James Black is taking on double duty as both an actor portraying Ebenezer Scrooge along with David Rainey and as director. Also in the cast is Jeffrey Bean and Todd Waite as Jacob Marley, James Belcher as the Spirit of Christmas Present and Bert; Bettye Fitzpatrick as the Spirit of Christmas Past and Mary Pidgeon; Elizabeth Bunch as Belle and Martha Cratchit; Paul Hope as Mr. Fezziwig; Chris Hutchison as Bob Cratchit; Charles Krohn as Old Joe and Undertaker; and John Tyson as First Solicitor. Other familiar Alley faces in the cast include; Justin Doran as Mr. Marvel; Brandon Hearnsberger as Fred and Young Scrooge; Melissa Pritchett as Rich Lady and Patricia; Patricia Duran as Mrs. Cratchit and Mrs. Fezziwig; among others. Giving the show true promise and longevity is the more the more than twenty young actors who enhanced this Christmas tradition. Hailing from all areas of Houston and surrounding areas and ranging in age from 6 to 13, these youngsters are getting a taste of the glitz and glamour of live theater. One such young actress who is making her debut in this year’s production is Lauren Clemons who shrieked, “Oh my God I got the part,” when she found out at her birthday that she had passed her audition. Lauren plays Claire Fezziwig and Fred the Party Girl. She admits that although the costumes are hot and she is so tired after all the rehearsing and performing, when the production is over, she will really miss it. She is having great fun. Lauren hasn’t quite made up her mind what she wants to do when she grows up, but being an actress is probably a choice she is now strongly considering.  This production is generously presented by Conoco Phillips and Cameron, Lyondell Chemical Company and Continental Airlines.

Tickets to “A Christmas Carol, A Ghost Story of Christmas” start at $38.00. All tickets to “A Christmas Carol, A Ghost Story of Christmas” are available for purchase at www.alleytheatre.org, at the Alley Theatre Box Office, 615 Texas Avenue, or by calling (713) 220-5700. Find out more information about discounts and special concierge services for groups 10 or more by calling (713) 315-3346. An additional fee is charge for the convenience of phone and internet reservations.

Gather the family and keep the spirit of Christmas alive with an evening at the theater by seeing “A Christmas Carol, A Ghost Story of Christmas” before its gone!