This "must see", song-filled adaptation reawakens the true spirit of Christmas in a heart-stirring carol of profound beauty and redemption
Coastal Artists Productions presents a classic cast of characters as we follow Jacob Marley, Tiny Tim, the Cratchit family, and Scrooge through a musical journey that has become a feel-good holiday tradition! This highly-celebrated adaptation based upon the Charles Dickens' classic, A CHRISTMAS CAROL follows the original tale and takes audiences along on curmudgeonly miser Ebenezer Scrooge's transformational journey. A Christmas Carol is a treasured jewel that reveals both hope and beauty under Scrooge's refusal to get into the holiday spirit until three ghostly visitors lead him on a trip through Christmas Past, Present and Future hoping to change his destiny and save his soul. This brilliant new musical, follows Scrooge through a series of strange and magical journeys, where he ultimately discovers the true spirit of the holiday season. Performing in a theater almost as old as the play(!), don't miss this once in a lifetime opportunity to save Tiny Tim!
The production features the talents of local favorite, Sal Giacchi, of Monmouth Beach, as the iconic Scrooge, David J. Cruse as the ghost of Jacob Marley, and Adam Nelson as Bob Cratchit. Can't miss performances from Joe Minnella as The Peddler with a soaring voice that is sure to stop the show, comic tour-de-force Casey Webb as The Ghost of Christmas Present, Michele Roman as Tiny Tim, 2014 Perry Award-nominee Carleigh Chirico as The Ghost of Christmas Past, Lindsay Cherin (2014 Fearless Icon semi-finalist) as Belle, and many other local favorites.
This original musical adaptation of A CHRISTMAS CAROL was written entirely by local New Jersey artists. It features music & orchestrations written by Ryan Gregg and Zac Silva of The Shady Street Show Band (2014 Asbury Music Awards nominees), with lyrics by Gregg, David J. Cruse and Anthony Siniscalco. The book, adapted from the novella by Charles Dickens, was written by Coastal Artists founder David J. Cruse & Anthony V. Siniscalco, Jr.
"The talent level of this cast was beyond our expectation. So much so that during the beginning of the rehearsal process, Ryan Gregg and I decided to write new songs for Carleigh (Christmas Past) and Michele (Tiny Tim). I revisited the original Dickens staves again, we added some short scenes that are in the book, found the lyrics pretty organically and then Ryan and Zac (Silva) came back with some beautiful melodies, that just fit the show and the Victorian period. It's been a really collaborative process and a lot of fun," said Coastal Artists founder David Cruse, of Wall. "I love the fact that Ryan and Zac are getting to use their classical training, as they're known for their Rock and Soul for sure. Having them is a blessing, and we just want to continue to make the show better and have it become a holiday tradition for families in this area. It's nice to have a new, fresh take on things. We'd love to see the JSAC full of people! And having a cast that includes Sal Giacchi and Joe Minnella alone is worth the price of admission."
WHO: Coastal Artists Productions presents A Christmas Carol
WHERE: The historic Jersey Shore Arts Center, 66 S Main Street, Ocean Grove, New Jersey
WHEN: Final weekend! Friday, 19 December through Sunday, 21 December. Friday & Saturday at 8pm, Saturday & Sunday at 3pm.
TICKETS $20 General Admission. Group rates available. Contact: David@coastalartists.org or call 732.894.9635
VISIT: http://www.coastalartists.org for tickets.
Ashton Lionel , ASBURY PARK PRESS: December 16, 2014