Musical Scrooge ready to perform in 2 versions Shows: Two Annapolis-area companies are putting on 'A Christmas Carol.'

November 26, 1998|By Mary Johnson | Mary Johnson,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Here we are at the start of the holiday shopping season. Santa Claus has arrived at the malls, and Ebenezer Scrooge, the skinflint of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol," soon will be along to sing and dance at two Annapolis-area theaters.

One version of Dickens' 155-year-old story, with original music by Doug Yetter and Michael Hulett, opens Saturday at Chesapeake Music Hall on U.S. 50, east of Annapolis. This is the production's fourth year, which is how long Yetter and Sherry Kay have owned the theater.

The version that has become a 17-year-old Annapolis tradition, with original music by Dick Gessner and lyrics by Rick Wade, opens Dec. 3 at Colonial Players on East Street. This version is so firmly rooted in the community that standing in line to buy tickets early on the Saturday they go on sale, while costumed cast members offer hot cider and pumpkin bread, is part of the tradition.

So many $5 tickets were sold last Saturday that few remain for this production of "A Christmas Carol." The company traditionally donates 20 percent of the proceeds to charity.

During this 50th anniversary of Colonial Players, traditions are being remembered. Wade, who directed the early productions, returns to direct this year.

Ed Wintermute, who played the Ghost of Christmas Present in the debut, returns to that role, this time with his 10-year-old granddaughter, Rebecca Hollerbach, playing one of the Cratchit children.

David Harper returns for his eighth appearance as Scrooge, sharing the stage with his daughters, Tori and Lindsey Harper.

Performances are scheduled Dec. 3 through 6 and 10 through 12. Information: 410-268-7373.

The Chesapeake Music Hall production also is a family affair.

Nicole and Zachary Yetter, 11 and 7, the children of Doug Yetter and Sherry Kay, are cast as Cratchit children Belinda and James.

David Reynolds reprises his roles as Jacob Marley and the resplendent Spirit of Christmas Present. Cynthia Lasner will again be Christmas Past and the wife of Scrooge's nephew. And Susan Bell returns as young Scrooge's love, Belle.

Performances will be on weekends through Dec. 29, with Wednesday matinees and an extra evening show Dec. 23.

Information: 410-626-7515 or www.toad.net/musichall.

Pub Date: 11/26/98

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