A.C.T. – A CHRISTMAS CAROL – Opens Thursday, December 3rd

Charles Dickens’ perennial favorite plays through Sunday, December 27th

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By Seán Martinfield
Sentinel Editor and Publisher
Photo by Lynn Imanaka

American Conservatory Theater presents the Charles Dickens classic A Christmas Carol, adapted by Carey Perloff and Paul Walsh and directed by acclaimed Bay Area director and actor Domenique Lozano. A.C.T.’s annual production of this beloved family-friendly gem is a sparkling, music-infused celebration of goodwill. A.C.T.’s A Christmas Carol stars Bay Area favorite James Carpenter as Scrooge for his fourth year in this iconic role. A.C.T. core acting company members Gregory Wallace and René Augesen make their Christmas Carol debuts as Bob and Anne Cratchit. They are joined by fellow company member Jack Willis, who returns as the Ghost of Jacob Marley, Scrooge’s chain-rattling late-night caller.

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JAMES CARPENTER – as “Ebenezer Scroog”. Photo, Kevin Berne

Now in its 33rd year at A.C.T., A Christmas Carol is a cornerstone of the A.C.T. repertory and has become a holiday tradition for families from all around the Bay Area. A holiday event for audiences of all ages, A.C.T.’s A Christmas Carol features a multigenerational cast of performers led by James Carpenter as Ebenezer Scrooge. Joining Carpenter are A.C.T. core acting company members Jack Willis as the Ghost of Jacob Marley, Scrooge’s nightmarish late-night visitor, Gregory Wallace as Bob Cratchit, and René Augesen as his wife, Anne Cratchit. Acclaimed Bay Area actors Jarion Monroe and Sharon Lockwood return as the ever-festive Mr. and Mrs. Fezziwig, along with BW Gonzalez, who will be reprising her role as the Ghost of Christmas Present. Performed to date nearly 1,000 times to a collective audience of more than 800,000, A Christmas Carol has employed nearly 1,000 actors and 600 backstage staff. “I adore this play,” says director Lozano. “It’s a thrill to work on this story, which is about community, with a community of artists for which it is tailor-made.”

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JACK WILLIS – as “Jacob Marley”. Photo, Kevin Berne

“Dramatizations of A Christmas Carol have become an important American family ritual at holiday time, regardless of individual religious background or faith. In the last two seasons, parents and grandparents have told us that the Carol experience is more important than ever,” says A.C.T. Artistic Director Carey Perloff. “With everyone tightening their belts at this time, we are so proud that A.C.T. can continue to be a part of Bay Area families’ holiday traditions.” A.C.T. is committed to making this family-oriented classic affordable for the Bay Area with family four-packs and special group discounts. Click here for ticket information: A CHRISTMAS CAROL

MEET THE COMPOSER

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KARL LUNDEBERG

Karl Lundeberg, composer of the songs and score, is a CBS/Sony recording artist, has recorded four albums with his jazz/world music group Full Circle. He has performed extensively throughout the United States, Canada, Scandinavia, continental Europe, Japan, and Brazil. His contemporary classical music compositions have been performed by a variety of orchestras, including the Boston Symphony, Sinfa Nova, and the National Radio Orchestra of Sweden and featured at the prestigious Mitsui, Perugia, Biennale, Teatro Español, Next Wave, Castle Hill, and San Sebastian festivals. Theater and ballet music includes scores for the American Repertory Theatre, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Center Stage, Arizona Theatre Company, Pan Asian Repertory Theatre, The Kennedy Center Theater, South Coast Repertory, the Mark Taper Forum (composer-in-residence, 1996–2001), and the Ahmanson Theatre. Film and television scores include works for PBS, NBC, CBS, ABC, ESPN, NRK (Norwegian State Television), Imagine Films, Paramount Pictures, and United Paramount Network. He recently served as musical director for the Shakespeare repertory directed by Sir Peter Hall at the Ahmanson Theatre.

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STEVEN BARKER TURNER – as “Bob Cratchit” and
KAI NAU – as “Tiny Tim”.
Photo, Kevin Berne

This popular production features sets by Tony Award–winning designer John Arnone (The Who’s Tommy and The Full Monty on Broadway) and period costumes by Beaver Bauer of Teatro ZinZanni. With choreography by Val Caniparoli of San Francisco Ballet, A Christmas Carol also features lighting design by Nancy Schertler, sound design by Jake Rodriguez, and musical direction by Laura Burton.

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A CHRISTMAS CAROL – A.C.T. Photo, Kevin Berne

Click here for ticket information: A CHRISTMAS CAROL

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Seán Martinfield
Sentinel Editor and Publisher
Seán Martinfield, who also serves as Fine Arts Critic, is a native San Franciscan. He is a Theatre Arts Graduate from San Francisco State University, a professional singer, and well-known private vocal coach to Bay Area actors and singers of all ages and persuasions. His clients have appeared in Broadway National Tours including Wicked, Aïda, Miss Saigon, Rent, Bye Bye Birdie, in theatres and cabarets throughout the Bay Area, and are regularly featured in major City events including Diva Fest, Gay Pride, and Halloween In The Castro. As an Internet consultant in vocal development and audition preparation he has published thousands of responses to those seeking his advice concerning singing techniques, professional and academic auditions, and careers in the Performing Arts. Mr. Martinfield’s Broadway clients have all profited from his vocal methodology, “The Belter’s Method”, which is being prepared for publication. If you want answers about your vocal technique, post him a question on AllExperts.com. If you would like to build up your vocal performance chops and participate in the Bay Area’s rich theatrical scene, e-mail him at: sean.martinfield@comcast.net.

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