Country Gate Players are proud to present A CHRISTMAS CAROL STARTING THIS FRIDAY details

Country Gate Players are proud to present the final production of their 2016 season, the classic holiday tale turned musical, A Christmas Carol.  The production opens on December 10th and runs for 6 performances through December 18th. Performances will be held at the Country Gate Playhouse at 114 Greenwich Street, Belvidere, NJ in Warren County, just minutes over the PA border. Please visit countrygate.org for tickets and information.
A Christmas Carol is a spectacular adaptation of Charles Dickens’s most well-known story. Ebenezer Scrooge (Bill Scurato of Harmony, NJ) is a wealthy curmudgeon who believes his wealth is far more valuable than the happiness and comfort of others, including his dedicated employee, Bob Cratchit (Mike Bellfy of Phillipsbug, NJ) and Cratchit’s son Tiny Tim (Ian Higgins of Hackettstown, NJ). With an infuriated “Bah! Humbug!” Scrooge suppresses any feelings of Christmas tidings and charitable giving, but he’s forced to face his miserly ways when three ghosts on Christmas Eve lead him through his Past, Present, & Future.
A Christmas Carol was first presented in 1994 and features the talents of renowned Broadway veterans with music by Alan Mencken, lyrics by Lynn Ahrens and book by Mike Ockrent and Lynn Ahrens. The show was presented annually at New York City’s Paramount Theatre in Madison Square Garden from 1994 to 2003.
Director Gina Scurato (Easton, PA) takes an imaginative twist on the classic story, by featuring a large ensemble cast to bring this classic tale to life with new flair. The show will allow audiences a behind-the-scenes peek, as they watch elaborate (and typically behind-the-scenes) 1840’s period costume changes on stage as actors switch roles and gracefully transform into beloved Dickens’ characters.  
With beautiful, catchy tunes and a beloved story, A Christmas Carol is a wonderful experience for the entire family and the perfect way to celebrate the holiday season.
This production will run over two weekends with both evening and matinee performances: December 10, 11, 17 and 18, at 2 p.m. and December 10 and 17 at 8 p.m. All regular seats are reserved at $22. Discounted tickets for seniors (65+) and children (under 12) are available for $20. Tickets are availalbe online atCountryGate.org or at the box office on the day of the performance.
“A Christmas Carol” CAST & CREATIVE TEAM
Scrooge: Bill Scurato (Harmony, NJ)
Marley: Hugh Halsey (Stroudsburg, PA)
Ghost of Christmas Present: Dan Mazelis (Phillipsburg, NJ)
Christmas Past: Emma Kaiven (Hackettstown, NJ)
Christmas Future: Stacey Higgins (Hackettstown, NJ)
Bob Cratchit: Mike Bellfy (Lopatcong, NJ)
Mrs. Cratchit: Donna Bellfy (Lopatcong, NJ)
Tiny Tim: Ian Higgins (Hackettstown, NJ)
ENSEMBLE
Martha Cratchit: Julia Feenstra (Phillipsburg, NJ)
Belinda Cratchit: Jackyln Russo (Hackettstown, NJ)
Peter Cratchit: Elijah Cooke (Belvidere, NJ)
Cratchit daughter: Ellie Napolitano (Phillipsburg, NJ)
Cratchit daughter: Ellie Higgins (Hackettstown, NJ)
Grace Smythe: Makayla Shapiro (Belvidere, NJ)
Fred Anderson: Vincent Costa (Belvidere, NJ)
Sally Anderson: Theresa Fioerentino
Anderson daughter: Lauryn Konieczka
Jonathan: Daniel Miller (Belvidere, NJ)
Mrs. Mops: Nicole Spadoni (Easton, PA)
Emily: Natalie Kumma (Phillipsburg, NJ)
Granny: Janet Crisafulli (Belvidere, NJ)
Poulterer: Yvette Shapiro (Belvidere, NJ)
Scrooge at 8: Natalia Castillo (Belvidere, NJ)
Scrooge at 12: Jason Thompson (Belvidere, NJ)
Fan: Daniela Castillo (Belvidere, NJ)
Dancer: Carissa Encke  (Phillipsburg, NJ)
CREATIVE TEAM
Director: Gina Scurato
Choreographer: Katie Haugaard
Scenic Design: Gina Scurato & Chelsea Markopoulos
Musical Director: Gabe Toth
Costumes: Leslie Feenstra & Scaramouche Costumes
Rehearsal Music: Cullen Delmore
Running Time: 1 hours and 45 minutes