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Larry Yando returns as Scrooge, leads a cast of 28 – including 13 newcomers

 

Chicago, IL – Magic is in the making as rehearsals begin for Goodman Theatre’s A Christmas Carol, “a joyous present for the entire family” (Chicago Sun-Times) and “ideal family fare, both heartwarming and spectacular in its familiar tale” (Chicago Tribune). Goodman Theatre Associate Producer Steve Scott, who last directed A Christmas Carol in 1992, returns to helm the 34th annual production featuring 13 new cast members, brand new special effects, additional music and choreography. Acclaimed Chicago actor Larry Yando revives his “stellar!” (Chicago Tribune) performance of Ebenezer Scrooge, his fourth turn since 2007. A Christmas Carol runs November 18 – December 31,

2011 in the Goodman’s Albert Theatre. Tickets are $25 – $92 and can be purchased at GoodmanTheatre.org, by phone at 312.443.3800 or at the box office (170 North Dearborn). Ticket discount and luxury package information appears on page 2. BMO Harris Bank is the Major Corporate Sponsor, and Aon Corporation and KPMG are Corporate Sponsor Partners of A Christmas Carol.

“Dickens’ tale is more than just one of the greatest ghost stories of our cultural canon; it’s a powerful tale of redemption, family and forgiveness that continues to resonate year after year,” said director Steve Scott, whose nearly 200 credits in Chicago theater include Rabbit Hole, Dinner With Friends and Wit at the Goodman. “With this incredible cast, I hope to make this year’s production happier, scarier, funnier and more celebratory than ever.”

The young performers in A Christmas Carol, cast from hundreds of Chicagoland children who auditioned, include: nineyear- old Roni Akurati (Lake Zurich) as Tiny Tim Cratchit; 13-year-old Shanequa Beal (Blue Island) as Belinda Cratchit; 13-year-old Ryan Byrne (Western Springs) as Peter Cratchit; nine-year-old Emma Gordon (Clarendon Hills) as Emily Cratchit; and nine-year-old Oscar Vasquez (Chicago) as Turkey Boy. Newcomers to the Goodman’s production include: Nora Fiffer (Evanston) as Belle; Emjoy Gavino as Martha Cratchit; Ted Hoerl as the Undertaker; Nathan Hosner as Jacob Marley; Elizabeth Ledo as the Ghost of Christmas Past; Ross Lehman as Mr. Fezziwig; Joe Minoso as Fred; Jon Odom (Glen Ellyn) as Dick Wilkins; and Jarrod Zimmerman as Young Scrooge.

Cast members returning to the production include Sandra Delgado as Abby; Tim Gittings as Topper; Ora Jones as Mrs. Fezziwig; Michael Perez as Mr. Ortle; Ron Rains as Bob Cratchit; Lisa Tejero as Miss Crumb; Penelope Walker as the Ghost of Christmas Present; and Karen Jane Woditsch (Evanston) as Mrs. Cratchit. The musicians include Justin Amolsch, Ben Chang, Greg Hirte and Malcolm Ruhl (Evanston).

Based on Charles Dickens’ classic 1843 novella, A Christmas Carol is the unforgettable tale of Ebenezer Scrooge, a wealthy businessman with no family and a disdain for the holidays and the poor in Victorian London. One Christmas, Scrooge is visited by four ghosts who take him on an incredible journey that offers him a new perspective on everything from his dusty past to his dark future, in an effort to help the irascible miser rediscover life and love. A Christmas Carol features some of Dickens’ most memorable characters, including the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future, the ghoulish specter of Scrooge’s old friend Jacob Marley, the festive Fezziwigs and Scrooge’s kind-hearted clerk Bob Cratchit and his family, anchored by the frail Tiny Tim. Throughout its 34-year history at the Goodman, more than 1 million people have experienced A Christmas Carol, and the production has hosted six directors, eight Scrooges, 30 Tiny Tims and nearly 20,000 “Bah, Humbugs!”.

Tickets to A Christmas Carol ($25 – $92) are currently on sale at GoodmanTheatre.org. Tickets and subscriptions can also be purchased at the box office (170 North Dearborn) or by phone at 312.443.3800. Mezztix are half-price mezzanine tickets available at 12 noon at the box office, and at 10am online (promo code MEZZTIX) day of performance; Mezztix are not available by telephone. 10Tix are $10 rear mezzanine tickets for students available at 12 noon at the box office, and at 10am online on the day of performance; 10Tix are not available by telephone; a valid student I.D. must be presented when picking up the tickets; limit four per student with I.D. All tickets are subject to availability and handling fees apply. Discounted Group Tickets for 15 persons or more are available at 312.443.3820. Purchase Goodman Gift Certificates in any amount at GoodmanTheatre.org. The flexibility of Goodman Gift Certificates allows recipients to choose the production, date and time of their performance. Artists, dates and ticket prices are subject to change. Luxury Packages include, with a $250 donation, access to purchase up to eight premium seats, one complimentary parking pass, a production memento and use of the exclusive Patron’s Lounge, including private bar, restrooms and coat check. 

About Goodman Theatre

The 2011/2012 Season includes: New Stages Amplified including Chicago Boys by Kathleen Tolan, directed by Ann Filmer (through November 6) and Ask Aunt Susan by Seth Bockley, directed by Joanie Schultz (November 10 – 20); the 34th annual production of A Christmas Carol (November 18 – December 31, 2011); Race by David Mamet, directed by Chuck Smith (January 14 – February 19, 2012); The Convert by Danai Gurira, directed by Emily Mann and co-produced with McCarter Theatre (NJ) and Center Theatre Group (CA) (February 25 – March 25, 2012); Camino Real by

Tennessee Williams, directed by Calixto Bieito (March 3 – April 8, 2012); Fish Men by Cándido Tirado, directed by Edward Torres, in partnership with Teatro Vista (April 7 – May 6, 2012); The Iceman Cometh by Eugene O’Neill, directed by Robert Falls (April 21 – June 10, 2012); and Crowns, written and directed by Regina Taylor (June 30 – August 5, 2012).

Goodman Theatre, “the leading regional theater in the nation’s most important theater city” (Time), is a major cultural, educational and economic pillar in Chicago, generating nearly $300 million in economic impact over the past decade in its state-of-the-art two-theater complex on North Dearborn Street. Founded in 1925 and currently under the

leadership of Artistic Director Robert Falls, “Chicago’s most essential director” (Chicago Tribune), and Executive Director Roche Schulfer, Chicago’s oldest and largest not-for-profit resident theater has welcomed nearly two million patrons to productions and events—including 10 festivals celebrating playwrights such as David Mamet, August Wilson and Horton Foote, as well as the biennial Latino Theatre Festival—and served legions of students through its Education and Community Engagement programs (including the FREE Student Subscription Series and other interactive programs). The Goodman has earned more than 90 awards for hundreds of productions, including the Pulitzer Prize for Ruined by Lynn Nottage—one of 25 new-work Goodman commissions in the last decade. Ruth Ann M. Gillis is the Chairman of Goodman Theatre’s Board of Trustees and Joan Clifford is President of the Women’s Board. American Airlines is the Exclusive Airline of Goodman Theatre.

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