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A Christmas Carol Cast Announced - Tickets on Sale

Mattie Kelly Arts Center

 


9/23/2015 - "A CHRISTMAS CAROL: In Concert" A Victorian Style Holiday Event – Cast Announced; Tickets On Sale

The classic Charles Dickens tale “A Christmas Carol” takes a delightful twist December 4 and 5, 2015 in a customized adaption by Northwest Florida State College that combines vibrant song and dance along with acting, period costumes, narration, set design and portray the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim, Bob Cratchit, and the spirits of Christmas.

The cast for the popular annual production has been selected and includes more than 50 talented NWF State vocalists, dancers and theater students, noted below. Tickets for the event are now on sale through the Mattie Kelly Arts Center Box Office by phone, in-person or online. Included in the ticket price of $25 each will be Victorian style desserts and beverages.

“A Christmas Carol: In Concert” will have three performances in the Sprint Theater of the Mattie Kelly Arts Center at 7:30 pm on Friday, December 4 and Saturday, December 5, and an additional show on Saturday, December 5 at 2:00 p.m. Contact the Box Office at (850) 729-6000 or purchase online at www.MattieKellyArtsCenter.org. Early purchase is strongly recommended as the event has sold out the last several years.

According to Joe Taylor, artistic director for the college’s production of the holiday classic, “Our 57 cast members, singers and dancers present a unique 'In Concert' version of the story that’s a beautiful and endearing way to enjoy traditional Christmas carols and see a family-favorite holiday story unfold through the songs of the yuletide.” Taylor explained that through select scenes taken from Charles Dickens’ novella, the audience is able to enjoy the timeless tale of forgiveness and redemption in its entirety through song, dance and narration.

The portrayal of the beloved Charles Dickens story will feature the talents of NWF State College scholarship vocalists, theater students, and community actors and was conceived and is directed by Joe Taylor and NWF State College music professors Allison Everitt and Lois Henry.

John Leatherwood, NWF State College professor emeritus, will portray Charles Dickens, dressed in full Victorian regalia, and will provide narration for “A Christmas Carol: In Concert.”

In the cast, Jason Mueller, Shalimar, portrays the adult Ebenezer Scrooge and the young Scrooge will be played by Nick Watson, Crestview. Tristan Allen, Fort Walton Beach, will appear as Bob Cratchit, the long-suffering accountant at Ebenezer Scrooge’s counting house business, and Owen Parry, Crestview, will play Tiny Tim Cratchit.

The famous ghosts of “A Christmas Carol” will be played by Dylan Garofalo, Santa Rosa Beach, who appears as Marley’s Ghost; Brittany Castle, Niceville, as the Ghost of Christmas Past; Megan Garofalo, Santa Rosa Beach, as the Ghost of Christmas Present; and James Meadows, Fort Walton Beach as the Ghost of Christmas Future.

Malinda Locke, Chipley, appears as Mrs. Cratchit, with the Cratchit family children played by Richard McWhorter, Niceville, as Peter Cratchit; Emily Christopherson, Fort Walton Beach as Martha Cratchit; and Kelly Dunn, Fort Walton Beach, as Belinda Cratchit.

Other characters in "A Christmas Carol: In Concert" include: Arlette Rogers, Crestview, as the young Belle - Ebenezer’s first love, and Eliette Rogers, Crestview, as Belle’s memory. The jovial Mr. Fezziwig will be played by - Derek Raynaud, Destin.

Joseph Wilmoth, DeFuniak Springs, appears as Fred, Scrooge’s kind nephew and Madalyn Wilson, Santa Rosa Beach, portrays Fred’s wife Miriam. Rebekah Hedden, Crestview, plays Margret, Miriam’s oldest sister, and Wesley Barlow, Crestview, plays George, Margret’s husband and also the character Dick Wilkins. Arin Walker, Niceville, plays the younger sister Mary. James Meadows, Fort Walton Beach, appears as Topper, Fred’s bachelor friend.

In other roles, Keith Holcombe, Crestview, and Derek Raynaud, Destin, appear as Gentleman; the Street Urchin is played by Ashlyn Stevens, Fort Walton Beach; Gossip #1 is Jessica Vermillion, Miramar Beach; Gossip #2 is Alayshia Green, Shalimar; Josie is Jessica Johnston, Shalimar; and Mrs. Dilber is Madison Anderson, Crestview.

VILLAGERS & DANCERS (by town) include:

Baker: Daniel Thornton,

Crestview: Skye Crawford, Brittany Parry, Hannah Romualdo, Arlette Rogers

Fort Walton Beach: Quinton Anderson and Albert Sousa, Bria Bennett, Laney Howell, Alyssa McDonough, Hannah McGlamory, Emily Owen, Madison Poole, Carlie Branson, Jasmin Scaife, Jenny Shidemantle

Freeport: Brittani Brown,

Mary Esther: Kelsey Mace

Niceville: Grace Brown, Kimberly Pickler, Breanna Rodrigues, Laura Giffin, Wesley Urbanczyk

Navarre: Rebekah Foushee,

Santa Rosa Beach: Samantha Savoie,

Shalimar: Brooke Austin, Claire Austin

The Mattie Kelly Arts Center is located on the Niceville campus of NWF State College at 100 College Boulevard and is easily accessible via Interstate 10, U.S. Highway 285 and Highway 85 and the new Mid-Bay Bridge Connector Road.

FULL CAST LIST BY CHARACTER & TOWN: DICKENS - John Leatherwood, Niceville EBENEZER SCROOGE - Jason Mueller, Shalimar FRED - Joseph Wilmoth, DeFuniak Springs BOB CRATCHIT - Tristan Allen, Fort Walton Beach GENTLEMAN #1 - Keith Holcombe, Crestview GENTLEMAN #2 - Derek Raynaud, Destin MARLEY’S GHOST - Dylan Garofalo, Santa Rosa Beach GHOST OF CHRISTMAS PAST - Brittany Castle, Niceville MR. FEZZIWIG - Derek Raynaud, Destin YOUNG EBENEZER - Nick Watson, Crestview DICK WILKINS - Wesley Barlow, Crestview BELLE - Arlette Rogers (dancing role), Crestview BELLE’S MEMORY - Eliette Rogers (singing role), Crestview GHOST OF CHRISTMAS PRESENT - Megan Garofalo, Santa Rosa Beach MRS. CRATCHIT - Malinda Locke, Chipley BELINDA CRATCHIT - Kelly Dunn, Fort Walton Beach PETER CRATCHIT - Richard McWhorter, Niceville MARTHA CRATCHIT - Emily Christopherson, Fort Walton Beach TINY TIM CRATCHIT - Owen Parry, Crestview MIRIAM - Madalyn Wilson, Santa Rosa Beach TOPPER - James Meadows, Fort Walton Beach MARGRET - Rebekah Hedden, Crestview MARY- Arin Walker, Niceville GEORGE - Wesley Barlow, Crestview GHOST OF CHRISTMAS FUTURE - James Meadows, Fort Walton Beach GOSSIP #1 - Jessica Vermillion, Miramar Beach GOSSIP #2 - Alayshia Green, Shalimar JOSIE - Jessica Johnston, Shalimar MRS. DILBER - Madison Anderson, Crestview STREET UCHIN – Ashlyn Stevens, Fort Walton Beach

VILLAGERS & DANCERS (by town): Baker: Daniel Thornton, Crestview: Skye Crawford, Brittany Parry, Hannah Romualdo, Arlette Rogers Fort Walton Beach: Quinton Anderson and Albert Sousa, Bria Bennett, Laney Howell, Alyssa McDonough, Hannah McGlamory, Emily Owen, Madison Poole, Carlie Branson, Jasmin Scaife, Jenny Shidemantle Freeport: Brittani Brown, Mary Esther: Kelsey Mace Niceville: Grace Brown, Kimberly Pickler, Breanna Rodrigues, Laura Giffin, Wesley Urbanczyk Navarre: Rebekah Foushee, Santa Rosa Beach: Samantha Savoie, Shalimar: Brooke Austin, Claire Austin

DIRECTORS: Allison Everitt, Niceville Lois Henry, Niceville Joe Taylor, Crestview