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Potomac Theatre Company Scrooge, the Musical

By • Dec 6th, 2008 • Category: Reviews
Scrooge, the Musical
Potomac Theatre Company
Bullis School, Potomac, MD
$20/$18 Seniors and kids
Through Dec. 7th

This is the ShowBizRadio review of Scrooge, the Musical, performed by the Potomac Theatre Company in Potomac, Maryland. We saw the performance on Friday evening December 5, 2008.

Scrooge, the Musical, is a musical with book, lyrics, and music by Leslie Bricusse. It is the classic Christmas tale of grumbly old Ebeneezer Scrooge and his Christmas eve visit by three spirits in hopes to change his outlook on life. And one more added twist, it’s set to music.

This was a pretty evenly performed show, with one significant pause in the second act. The characters were pretty enthusiastic about their performance. The choreography was fairly simple, but all of the dancers were mostly together throughout the evening. This was a large cast of about 20 actors playing multiple roles. Sometimes the kids were a little too soft-spoken and the live orchestra over powered them.

The old miser Ebeneezer Scrooge was played by Vin Kelly. There were times when Kelly seemed a little flat in his reactions to the action going on around him. Bob Crachitt played by Ken Kemp also gave a nice performance. He had a touching scene at Tiny Tim’s grave that brought an audible sigh from the audience.

Jay Tilley as The Ghost of Christmas Present did a fine job of bringing the character to life. As the Ghost of Christmas Present he made the character jolly and exuberant. The Young Ebeneezer, played by Troy Knighton, had a good scene with his soon to be ex-fiancee, Isabel, played by Katie Mays. Their song was touching. Knighton did well in dismissing Isabel until it was too late and he realized he had lost her forever.

The set pieces for Scrooge were rolled on and off via casters that allowed for easy mobility. The opening scene was Scrooge’s office that was later rotated to reveal shops along the street. Scrooge’s bed was a separate piece that was rolled on and off as well. Some of the casters needed to be oiled, their squeaks and groans were very distracting. The Scenic Designer was Joseph Wallen. There were props such as glasses to toast Mr. Scrooge and later presents in the second act that were handed out to Mr. Crachitt and others. Props and Set Dressing were done by Suzi Hoffman, Sonya Okin, and Marilyn Shockey.

Scrooge, The Musical is closing this weekend. The final performances are tonight at 8 and closing on Sunday the 7th at 2 pm at the Bullis School in Potomac, Maryland. This is a fun tradition that is suitable for the whole family.

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And now, on with the show.

Cast

  • Ebenezer Scrooge: Vin Kelly
  • Harry, Scrooge’s Nephew: Troy Knighton
  • Bob Cratchit: Ken Kemp
  • Mrs. Ethel Cratchit/Bess, Apple Lady: Sandy Burns
  • Kathy Cratchit: Tara Shepherd
  • Tiny Tim Cratchit: Adrienne Kafka
  • Martha Cratchit: Gracie Benninghoff
  • Peter Cratchit: Sam Parven
  • Bridget Cratchit: Josephine Moore
  • Jacob Marley: Tony Pisarra
  • Phantoms: Brian Boyer, Lori Carter, Tricia Weiler
  • Ghost of Christmas Past/Bissett: Aetna Thompson/Glenda Henderson
  • Ghost of Christmas Present/Tom Jenkins: Jay Tilley
  • Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come: Tony Pisarra
  • Young Man Ebenezer: Troy Knighton
  • Isabel/Helen: Katie Mays
  • Mr. Fezziwig/Mr. Pringle: Brian Boyer
  • Mrs. Fezziwig/Miss Dilber: Marilyn Shockey
  • Mary/Mrs. Dilber: Elaine Hughes
  • Jocelyn Jollygoode: Tony Pisarra
  • Hermione Harty: Laura Salisbury
  • Beggar Woman: Tricia Weiler
  • Dick Wilins/Topper/Wine Merchant/Teacher: Thomas Copas
  • Young Ebby: Drew Campbell
  • Young Jenny: Tara Shepherd
  • Urchins: Gracie Benninghoff, Drew Campbell, Lori Carter, Adrienne Kafka, Josephine Moore, Sam Parven, Tara Shepherd, Tricia Weiler
  • Boy With Sled: Josephine Moore
  • Understudies for Brian Boyer: Ken Kemp (Mr. Fezziwig); Drew Campbell (Mr. Pringle)

Crew

  • Director: Ron Sarro
  • Music Director: Ian Stuart
  • Producer: Barry Hoffman
  • Stage Manager: Brian Campbell
  • Scenic Design: Joseph Wallen
  • Lighting Design: Joseph Wallen
  • Sound Design: David Steigerwald
  • Costume Designer: Eleanor B. Dicks
  • Props & Set Dressing: Suzi Hoffman, Sonya Okin, Marilyn Shockey
  • Light Operator: Harvey Levine
  • Sound Operator: Bill Brekke
  • Backstage Crew: Ja Nae’ Nicole
  • Rehearsal Pianist: Nan Muntzing
  • Set Construction Supervisor: Alan Beck
  • Set Construction: Alan Beck, Ray Durante, Elie & Ted Cain, John Shockey, Joseph Wallen, Mike Schowalter, Tara, Pat & Jay Shepherd, Vin White, Brian CAmpbell, Anne Martinez
  • Photographer: Harvey Levine
  • Publicity: Ken Kemp, Marilyn Shockey, Suzi Hoffman
  • House Manager: Elie Cain
  • Playbill: Marilyn Shockey
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started ShowBizRadio in August 2005 because they love live theater. They each have both performed in and worked behind the scenes in DC area productions, as well as earned a Career Studies Certificate in Theater from Northern Virginia Community College. Mike & Laura are each members of the American Theatre Critics Association, and Mike is a member of the Online News Association.

4 Responses »

  1. I agree with most of the comments about the show. I too watched the show on Friday night. I thought the whole cast was strong for most of the performance. I think the key line of the show “love is life’s greatest gift” was delivered perfectly by the Ghost of Christmas Past (Glenda Henderson).

  2. Thanks Mike and Laura for the kind words and for taking time out of your hectic schedules to attend the show this past Friday night and post your review before our final two performances. I’m sure PTC and the entire cast and crew appreciate your last-minute efforts as much as I do.

    Happy Holidays to you and yours! :-)

  3. Please let me know if you have any Productions planned after December 7th, or does your production schedule end on December 7th?

    -Hcp

  4. Herb, Potomac Theatre Company’s Scrooge, The Musical closed on December 7th.