December 19, 20, 21 and 22, 2019
Faith Fellowship Hall
In 2013, Naomi Rose-Mock was tasked with adapting the classic Dickensian tale into a holiday event featuring music and spectacle. She had the idea of including traditional carols interwoven into the story and sung by a large ensemble of carolers, who function as a Greek Chorus. The show itself is divided into five staves (Victorian English for musical staff) which is faithful to the original novella.
This year, performances will be staged "in the round" which means that all of the action will take place in the center of the room. This will provide every seat in the house with a great view and offers a fully immersive experience as the cast of 60+ carolers surround the audience with carol singing and holiday cheer.
The Plot Summary:
Stave One -- Christmas Eve, London
Scrooge is visited by a host of visitors during Christmas Eve and shows his "bah humbug" distaste for the Yuletide season. When he retires for the evening, he is visited by the ghost of his dead partner, Jacob Marley, who warns him of the error of his ways and tells him he will be visited by three spirits.
Stave Two -- Christmas Past
The first ghost takes Scrooge back to his school years, his apprenticeship with the Fezziwigs, and to the house of his sister Ursula.
Stave Three -- Christmas Present
A jovial spirit takes Scrooge to other Christmas celebrations around London, including a meager meal at the Cratchitt family house, and a party at the home of his nephews.
Stave Four -- Christmas Future
A cloaked and mysterious specter leads Scrooge to a dismal view of what is "yet-to-come" in his life if he does not change his ways.
Stave Five -- A New Christmas Day
Scrooge gets to decide how to lead the rest of his life . . . and what Christmas means in his life.
The Production Staff
Naomi Rose-Mock (Director/Script Adaptation) is the veteran director of over 100 show regionally. Other favorite projects include The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Leon Performing Arts), Sweeny Todd (Magnolia Players), West Side Story (Theatre Tallahassee), Cats (Quincy Music Theatre), and Phantom of the Opera (Leon Performing Arts). When not directing, Rose-Mock enjoys teaching musical theatre and acting to her talented studio of private students. Naomi was honored by the Florida Theatre Conference in 2015 for her contributions to theatre in the state of Florida. A Christmas Carol has become a labor of love over the last five years and an event Naomi anticipates eagerly. She is grateful to Peter Pursino for the opportunity to perform here at Faith and sends love and thanks to Judy Arthur and her wonderful cast. Merry Christmas!
Judy Arthur (Musical Director and Arranger) is the Music Director and pianist for A Christmas Carol. Dr. Arthur is a frequent collaborator with director Naomi Rose-Mock. She served as music director for Sweeney Todd and Beauty and the Beast for Quincy Music Theatre, West Side Story at Theatre Tallahassee, and many summer musical productions at Leon High School. She retired from Leon as Director of Choral Activites in May 2016, having served on the faculty for 38 years. Dr. Arthur is a graduate of Florida State University College of Music, where she is currently Assistant Professor of Music Education. She teaches undergraduate and graduate level Choral Method classes, accompanies the FSU Collegians, and collaborates with several vocalists. Working on this unique musical has been a pleasure and Dr. Arthur wishes to thank Faith Presbyterian Church for their support and the singers for using their talents to make this music communicate the spirit and meaning of Christmas.
Peter Pursino (Producer). Peter joined the Faith staff in July 2006. A native of New York, he received a B.M. and a Certificate in Arts Leadership from the Eastman School of Music and an M.M. from Florida State. Peter previously served as a member of the voice faculty at Rollins College in Winter Park, as Director of Music at Presbyterian Church of the Lakes, and has held high school teaching positions in Orange County, FL, and Cobb County, GA. Peter serves as the Associate Director of Choral Activities at Leon High School. Peter is married to Holly, and they enjoy movies and down time with the family.
Nathan Williamson (Scrooge): Two years ago, Naomi invited Nathan to audition for Christmas Carol, and he hoped to finally play his favorite long-suffering everyman, Bob Cratchitt. When he ended up playing Scrooge instead, it came as an unexpected delight. This year marks Nathan’s third year playing Scrooge, and the first performing at Faith Presbyterian. Some of his favorite recent shows include “The Santa Land Diaries” and “Peter and the Starcatcher” at Theatre Tallahassee, “Mary Poppins” and “The Producers” at Quincy Music Theatre, and several camps, workshops and performances with The Southern Shakespeare Company. “Nathan has most recently (very recently) been seen as the Narrator in New Stage Theatreworks’ production of “A Christmas Story: the Musical”. Love and thanks to Naomi for such an opportunity, the cast and crew for all of their hard work, and Claire and Grant for their love, support and talent.