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A CHRISTMAS CAROL 2014 - Press Release
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Jon Kimbell Returns To Direct
North Shore Music Theatre's Annual Production of
A CHRISTMAS CAROL
A Musical Ghost Story
13 PERFORMANCES ONLY!
December 5 - 21 - Tickets on sale now!

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Beverly, MA: Jon Kimbell, former NSMT Artistic Director, returns to Bill Hanney's North Shore Music Theatre(NSMT) to direct A CHRISTMAS CAROL, the show he originally adapted for the NSMT stage in 1989. Whether it's ghostly magical special effects, the dozens of revelers and musicians, or the cold scowl of Ebenezer Scrooge, there is something for everyone in this original, award-winning production of A CHRISTMAS CAROL, playing 13 performances only from Friday, December 5 thru Sunday, December 21, 2014. Press Night scheduled for Friday, December 5 at 7:30pm.

"We are very excited to welcome Jon Kimbell back to direct A Christmas Carol. As he created this beloved adaptation in 1989, there is no better person to put in charge of this season's production," said NSMT's owner and producer Bill Hanney. "Having delighted more than a million people over the years, this season's spectacular show is guaranteed to once again put everyone in the brightest of holiday moods."

With dazzling special effects that have grown even more exciting over time, traditional and original songs, and colorful costumes, A CHRISTMAS CAROL has become a holiday favorite throughout New England. Based on the Charles Dickens classic, A CHRISTMAS CAROL tells the tale of curmudgeonly miser Ebenezer Scrooge, who is visited by the ghosts of Christmases Past, Present and Future hoping to change his destiny and save his soul. This brilliant musical, an original adaptation by former NSMT Artistic Director Jon Kimbell and members of the NSMT staff, follows Scrooge through a series of strange and magical journeys, where he ultimately discovers the true spirit of the holiday season.

NSMT audience favorite, David Coffee, returns once again for his 21st year as Ebenezer Scrooge. This year's production of A CHRISTMAS CAROL also includes Leigh Barrett (Ghost of Christmas Past, Mrs. Cratchit), Peter S. Adams (Ghost of Christmas Present, Gentleman 1), Dan Reardon (Ghost of Christmas Future, Young Scrooge), Freddie Kimmel (Jacob Marley), Tommy Labanaris (Narrator), Russell Garrett (Bob Cratchit), Nathaniel Braga (Pearlie), Brad Trump (Pearlie), Lenni Alexandra Kmiec (Belle), Bronson Norris Murphy (Fred), Cheryl McMahon (Mrs. Dilbur/ Mrs. Fezziwig), J.T. Turner (Mr. Fezziwig/Gentleman 2), John Michael Breen (Old Joe, Ensemble), Eva Rae Costanza (Ensemble), Lianne Gennaco (Meg, Ensemble), Tim McShea (Dick Wilkins, Ensemble), and Lorin Zackular (Ensemble).

The cast of 29 will also feature young performers from many local communities including: Acton resident Isabella Shee (Ignorance/Want), age 9. Essex resident Jillian Furber (Martha Cratchit), age 15. Gloucester resident Giacomo Favazza (Young Scrooge/Teen Caroler), age 16.  Hopkinton resident Tony Weissinger (Peter Cratchit), age 11. Lynnfield resident Paige Martino (Ignorance/Want), age 7. Milton resident Eowyn Young (Belinda Cratchit), age 9. Nahant resident Sam Reenstierna (London Boy), age 11. Sudbury resident Chloe Thomas (Teen Caroler), age 18. Wenham residents: Ian Castracane (London Boy); age 10. Jake Flynn (Tiny Tim), age 8. Middleton, RI resident Scarlett Keene-Connole (Fan), age 10.

The creative team for A CHRISTMAS CAROL includes Jon Kimbell (Director), John MacInnis (Choreographer), Milton Granger (Music Direction), Howard C. Jones (Original Scenic Design), Paula Peasley-Ninestein (Resident Costume Designer), Jack Mehler (Lighting Design), Leon Rothenberg (Sound Design), Gerard Kelly (Original Wig and Hair Design), Phill Madore (Production Stage Manager), Kevin P. Hill (Associate Director/Choreographer), Robert L. Rucinski (Assistant Music Director), Baily Costa (Assistant Lighting Designer), Josh Staines (Assistant Sound Designer), and  Amanda M. Stuart (Assistant Stage Manager). Flying effects are provided by ZFX, Inc. Lars Nelson will serve as Production Consultant. A CHRISTMAS CAROL is produced for North Shore Music Theatre by Bill Hanney (Owner/Producer), Kevin P. Hill (Artistic Director), and Beth Vasta (Associate Producer).

Throughout the run of A CHRISTMAS CAROL NSMT will be collecting toys in the lobby for Tiny Tim's Toy Drive.  NSMT will be accepting unopened, unwrapped toys for boys and girls ages 2 - 12.  All toys will be donated to Toys for Tots.

Tickets for A CHRISTMAS CAROL are priced from $55 to $70. Performances are December 5 - December 21, 20114 (Evening shows December 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 21 at 7:30pm; Matinees December 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21 at 2pm). Kids 18 and under save 50% on Family Fridays (December 5, 12, & 19 at 7:30pm). Tickets can be purchased by calling the North Shore Music Theatre Box Office at (978) 232-7200, via the website at www.nsmt.org or in person at 62 Dunham Road (Route 128, exit 19), Beverly, MA. A CHRISTMAS CAROL is sponsored by Beverly Hospital, a member of Lahey Health.

Additional Free Audience Enrichment events: OUT at the North Shore, an evening for the Gay and Lesbian Community with a post-show reception (sponsored in part by Ryan & Wood Inc. Distilleries) on December 12.

 

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Since 1955, NSMT has become one of the most attended theatres in New England, with approximately 250,000 patrons annually. With a national and regional reputation for artistic achievement, NSMT has received numerous industry awards including Elliot Norton Awards, IRNE Awards, the Rosetta Le Noire Award from Actors' Equity, and the Moss Hart Award. NSMT produced the World Premiere of Memphis in 2003, the show went on to win four 2010 Tony Awards including Best Musical. Under the new ownership of Bill Hanney in 2010, NSMT continues to annually produce a musical subscription series and an annual production of A Christmas Carol along with celebrity concerts and children's programming.

 

 
A CHRISTMAS CAROL 2014 - Cast and Crew
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David Coffee (Ebenezer Scrooge) is honored to return for his 49th production in his 21st season with NSMT! His 2014 highlights include being named an Artistic Associate with the Trinity Shakespeare Festival, playing the role of Pa Joad in The Grapes Of Wrath for Oklahoma's City Rep Theatre to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the novel, playing Grogan in The Human Comedy for Lyric Stage, playing Mr. Darling/Captain Hook in Peter Pan for Casa Manana and receiving an IRNE Award to celebrate his 20 seasons as Scrooge at NSMT! Other honors include: multiple IRNE Awards, multiple DFW Critics' Forum Awards, multiple Column Awards, voted Best Actor by the readers of FW Weekly (2010, 2011), a Tribute Evening given by NSMT, the Elston Brooks Lifetime Achievement Award given by the Live Theatre League of Tarrant County (Texas) and having NSMT's David Coffee Green Room named in his honor. Happiest of Holidays to All! www.DavidCoffee.org   CoffeeDavid
     
Leigh Barrett (Ghost of Christmas Past, Mrs. Cratchit) appeared in the very first production of A Christmas Carol in 1989, this marks her 5th year with A Christmas Carol. Other shows at NSMT include The Sound of Music (ensemble), Singin' in the Rain (Miss Dinsmore and Dora Bialy), Sweeney Todd (ensemble), My Fair Lady (Servants Quintet), Emma & Co., and Sleeping Beauty. Local audiences may know her from her work in: The Mikado (Katisha), Big River (Ms. Watson, Sally Phelps),Animal Crackers (Mrs. Rittenhouse), Nicholas Nichelby, Grey Gardens (Little Edie),Follies (Sally), Souvenir (Florence), A Little Night Music (Charlotte), and Sunday in the Park with George - The Lyric Stage Company; The Drowsy Chaperone (Mrs. Tottendale), The Great American Trailer Park Musical (Jeannie), Adding Machine: A Musical, Passion (Fosca), A Class Act (Lucy), Elegies, Songs for a New World, The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Drood) SpeakEasy Stage;The World Goes ‘Round, Indulgences, Dessa Rose (Ruth), Side By Side By Sondheim, Into the Woods (Baker's Wife), Ragtime (Mother), The Threepenny Opera(Jenny), Sweeney Todd (Beggar Woman) - New Repertory Theatre; Gypsy (Rose), Pal Joey (Vera), You Never Know, Picnic, A Christmas Carol - Stoneham Theatre; Marry Me A Little, Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well - Gloucester Stage; Car Talk the Musical! at Central Square Theatre. This fall, Leigh made her professional directorial debut at New Repertory theatre with Closer Than Ever. She was most recently featured as The Queen of Hearts in the debut of a new musical version of Alice! in Wonderland at Wheelock Family Theatre. This Spring she will play Donna/Oolie in City of Angels at the Lyric Stage Company of Boston.  Leigh is the proud recipient of two Elliot Norton Awards and two IRNE Awards. Much love to her family, HB & her boys, Nick & Matt.   BarrettLeigh
     
Peter S. Adams (Ghost of Christmas Present, Gentleman 1) is appearing for the second time in A Christmas Carol at North Shore Music Theatre. The first time was the original production in 1989, when he played Dick Wilkins and Christmas Future. Peter got his Equity card at NSMT that year as well. He toured Canada and the United States in the role of Father in the National Tour of Ragtime in 2001 - 2002 directed by Stafford Arima. He received a Boston IRNE Nomination for Best Actor in a Musical for his portrayal of Sweeney in Sweeney Todd, The Engineer in Miss Saigon, and as Juan Peron in Evita. Other recent roles include, Max in Sunset Boulevard, Brian in the NY staged reading of the new musical Static, featuring Celia Keenan Bolger, The Plant in Little Shop of Horrors, at New Repertory Theatre, Hector in The History Boys, Captain Hook in Peter Pan and Old Deuteronomy in Cats, at Theatre by the Sea. Sam in the Leonard Bernstein Opera, Trouble in Tahiti, Harold Nichols in The Full Monty, Victor Fleming in the comedy Moonlight and Magnolias at Foothills Theatre. Peter is very pleased to be working together again with Jon Kimbell after 25 years.   AdamsPeterS
     
Dan Reardon (Ghost of Christmas Future, Young Scrooge, s/c Narrator). A native of Wakefield, Dan is absolutely thrilled to be making his debut at NSMT! Regional Credits include: 42nd Street, Alexander and the...Very Bad Day (Weston Playhouse); Fred in A Christmas Carol, Irving Berlin's White Christmas, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (Syracuse Stage); Dames at Sea (Infinity Theatre Company). Much gratitude to the creative team and everyone at NSMT for this amazing opportunity. So much love to Mom, Dad, Caroline, and all of my wonderful friends and teachers. BFA Musical Theatre, Syracuse University.   ReardonDan
     
Freddie Kimmel (Jacob Marley U/s Ghost of Christmas Present/Man 1, u/s Fezziwig/Man 2) is thrilled to be back flying over the NSMT stage having appeared this past summer as Scuttle in Disney's The Little Mermaid! Credits include Billy Elliot (Tony u/s) 2nd National Tour, A Tree grows in Brooklyn (Willie) Off BWay, Ragtime (Houdini) Milwaulkee Rep, On The Town (Chip) Lucille Lortelle, White Christmas (Phil) Virginia Repertory Theater, Les Miserables (Fueilly) P.C.L.O. Upcoming: Freddie is also very excited to be involved in creating Superfly over the last 2 years directed by Bill T Jones. Proud cancer survivor! Learn more. www.freddiekimmel.com "livestrong"   KimmelFreddie
     
Tommy Labanaris (Narrator) is honored to be back at NSMT for his 4th holiday season! National/International Tours: The Full Monty, RENT, A Year with Frog & Toad, Copacabana and I Get a Kick Out of Cole. Favorite roles include: Sweeney Todd (Sweeney), Les Misérables (Marius and Valjean), Cabaret (Emcee), Urinetown (Bobby Strong), Evita (Che), The Full Monty (Malcolm), and Godspell (Jesus). Tommy is a graduate of the University of NH. Thanks to John and the entire NSMT team for this opportunity. Love to his family and friends for their unending support and encouragement. www.TommyLabanaris.com   LabanarisTommy
     
Russell Garrett (Bob Cratchit) returns for his fourth time to this wonderful holiday tradition. In New England he has been seen as Emperor Joseph ll in Amadeus (IRNE nom.) and Carr Gomm in The Elephant Man at New Repertory Theatre, Ernst in Cabaret and Roger Debris in The Producers at Ogunquit Playhouse, Julian Marsh in 42nd Street at Ocean State Theatre Company, Col. Pickering in My Fair Lady at Stoneham Theatre (IRNE nom.), Zach in A Chorus Line at Reagle Players, Harold Hill in The Music Man at Foothills Theatre, and as Phileas Fogg in Around the World in 80 Days at Playhouse on Park (BroadwayWorld Award). He has appeared extensively on Broadway and on tour with The Scarlet Pimpernel, 42nd Street, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Show Boat, My Fair Lady, and A Chorus Line. As a director and choreographer his work has been seen all over the country including acclaimed productions of Chicago (BroadwayWorld Award-Choreography), Camelot (IRNE nom.), Cabaret, The Who's Tommy, Falsettos, Guys and Dolls, Hairspray, 9 to 5, The Full Monty, Beehive!, Kiss Me, Kate, Little Shop of Horrors, Legally Blonde, and All Shook Up here at NSMT. Currently his production of The Love Note is playing Off-Broadway.   GarrettRussell
     
Nathaniel Braga (Pearlie) is excited to be back at NSMT for his third year of A Christmas Carol. New York: It's a Bird...Superman! at City Center Encores. Regional: Maltz Jupiter Theater (Carbonell Award Nominee), North Shore Music Theatre, Guthrie Theater, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, TUTS-Houston, and two seasons at The MUNY St. Louis. Chicago area theaters: Court Theater, Marriott Lincolnshire, and Drury Lane Oakbrook. Television: HMS Pinafore (PBS Fall Arts Festival). He is a Minnesota State Gymnastics Champion, and plays the violin professionally. Proud Actors Equity Association union member.   BragaNathaniel
     
Brad Trump (Pearlie) is thrilled to be returning to the stage at NSMT! National Tour: Cats (Tumblebrutus). Regional Theatre: Spamalot, Mary Poppins (Neleus), Cats, Oklahoma!, Joseph...(Benjamin). TV/Film: "Lovestruck! The Musical" (ABC Family). Brad received his training from Point Park University and The Joffrey Balley School. Many thanks to the cast and crew at NSMT!   TrumpBrad
     
Lenni Alexandra Kmiec (Belle) makes her NSMT Debut! She was seen this past October as Hero in Much Ado About Nothing (Boston Theatre Company) and this past summer in Me and My Girl (Reagle Music Theatre). Her other recent credits include: Kiss Me, Kate (Commonwealth Shakespeare Company), Crimes of the Heart (Gloucester Stage Company), A Chorus Line (Seacoast Rep.), On the Town (Lyric Stage Co.). She has also performed at A.R.T./Oberon, the Daryl Roth Theatre, Central Square Theatre/Underground Railway Theatre, Wheelock Family Theatre, Hanover Theatre. Lenni is a graduate of Wagner College and a proud member of Actors Equity.   KmiecLenniAlexandra
     
Bronson Norris Murphy (Fred, Dance Captain) returns to the role of Fred for his second holiday season! Broadway: Current company of The Phantom of the Opera; National Tour: Cats (30th Anniversary Company); Other NSMT: Cats (2013), A Christmas Carol (2013); Regional: 55th Anniversary cast of The Stephen Foster Story (US and Japan) and performances at Goodspeed Musicals, York Theatre, The Metropolitan Opera, Skirball Center, John W. Engeman Theatre, Manhattan Theatre Mission, Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, West Virginia Public. Training: MM from NYU-Steinhardt. Currently on the voice faculty at New York Film Academy. "Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love!" - Always for my family.   NorrisMurphyBronson
     
Cheryl McMahon (Mrs. Dilbur/ Mrs. Fezziwig) is delighted to be returning to A Christmas Carol - her 21st year! Most recent NSMT appearance was earlier this season as Miss Lynch, in Grease. Other NSMT shows include The Sound of Music, Annie, My Fair Lady, Dr. Jekyll & Hyde, The Student Prince, Sweeney Todd and Alice in Wonderland. Most recently appeared in the Stickball Production, Two Boys Lost, by Bill Doncaster. Other credits include those at Boston Playwrights' Theatre, Huntington Theatre: Marty, The Rose Tattoo, Prelude to a Kiss, Gateway Playhouse: My Fair Lady; Goodspeed Opera House: High Button Shoes, Half a Sixpences; Speakeasy Stage : Adding Machine, Nine, Moonlight Room, Lyric Stage: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof; Stoneham Theatre: The Porch; Centastage: Monsters, The Musical; Majestic Theatre, and Wheelock Family Theatre Cheryl is a three time recipient of the Independent Reviewers of New England award for best supporting actress. Film credits include The Box, R.I.P.D., Brilliant Mistakes, Clue I & II, and The A Plate.   McMahonCheryl
     
J.T. Turner (Mr. Fezziwig/Gentleman 2, u/s Scrooge, u/s Marley returns for his 5th year to his favorite show! J.T.is an award winning actor with credits on stage, in TV, radio and film. His stage work includes the roles of Dysart in Equus, Benjamin Franklin in 1776, Colonel Nathan Jessup in A Few Good Men, Henry II in The Lion In Winter, Noah in Two by Two, The Innkeeper in Man of LaMancha, Lear in King Lear, Pitkin in On The Town, Friar Lawrence in Romeo and Juliet, and The King in Big River. J.T. has appeared in many feature films, including American Hustle, Mystic River, Meet Joe Black, The Game Plan, Dan In Real Life, The Crucible, and A Civil Action. For T.V., he has worked on episodes of "The Sopranos," "Body Of Proof," and had a recurring role as a State Senator in "The Brotherhood," on Showtime. J.T also serves as the Descriptive Narrator for many PBS shows, including "Martha Speaks," "Arthur," "Frannie's Feet," and episodes of Mystery!. Additionally, his voice can be heard on many audio dramas by the Colonial Radio Theater, including Ray Bradbury's Dandelion Wine, Something Wicked This Way Comes, Halloween Tree and H. Rider Haggard's King Solomon's Mines and as Father Brown in The Father Brown Series. A historical re-enactor, J.T. tours as Benjamin Franklin, Charles Dickens, Aesop, and William Shakespeare, C.S. Lewis and Robert Frost. J.T. is also a professional lecturer and public speaker, in the areas of motivation, memory, personal growth, communicating with kids, finance and motivation. www jtturner.org   TurnerJT
     
John-Michael Breen (Old Joe, Ensemble, s/c Young Scrooge, Ghost of Christmas Future) proudly returns to NSMT after 2004's production of Nine. International: The Great Gatsby (Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2014). Other favorite credits include Almost, Maine (Steve), The 25th Annual...Spelling Bee (Chip), The School for Scandal (Snake), Sweeney Todd (Tobias - NHTA nominee) and The Burnt Part Boys (Pete). BFA: Point Park University. Endless love & thanks to Jon, John, Milton, the cast, creative team, and his family. Happy Holidays! www.john-michaelbreen.com   BreenJohn-Michael
     
Eva Rae Costanza (Ensemble, s/c Mrs. Dilbur) is so thrilled to be back performing at NSMT and to celebrate the wonderful holiday season in the most perfect way! Previously, she has performed t NSMT in 42nd Street and Bye, Bye Birdie. She recently graduated from the Boston Conservatory in May with a B.F.A. in Musical Theater, and was seen in productions of Waiting for Lefty (Edna) and Company (Jenny). Thank you to my family and friends, and especially to Dad, Randall, and Mom for their undying support, love, and encouragement. I love you!   CostanzaEvaRae
     
Lianne Gennaco (Meg, Ensemble, s/c Belle) is truly honored to be joining NSMT for this beloved holiday tradition! NSMT: Debut. Regional: West Side Story (Maria), Beauty and the Beast (Belle), Wizard of Oz (Dorothy), Threepenny Opera (Polly). Opera: La Cenerentola (Clorinda), Rigoletto (Gilda), Hansel and Gretel (Gretel), The Magic Flute (Queen of the Night). Lianne holds a Masters in vocal performance from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Many thanks to her loving family for their continued support!   GennacoLianne
     
Tim McShea (Dick Wilkins, Ensemble) is beyond thrilled to spend another holiday season here at NSMT! He made his debut in last season's The Wizard of Oz and walked the streets of London in last year's production of A Christmas Carol. He has appeared all over Boston and beyond, toured nationally in productions of 42nd Street and Fiddler on the Roof, and in Europe with The Rocky Horror Show.   McSheaTim
     
Lorin Zackular (Ensemble,s/c Meg, s/c Christmas Past/Mrs. Cratchit) is delighted to be making her NSMT debut! Regional: Les Misérables (u/s Cosette), Evita - Flat Rock Playhouse; Toad of Toad Hall (Marigold) - The Barnstormers Theatre. She is a senior BFA Musical Theatre major at Emerson College, where she was recently seen as Julie Jordan in Carousel. All my love to family and friends! www.lorinzackular.com   ZackularLorin
     
Giacomo Favazza (Boy Scrooge/Teen Caroler) is a junior at Gloucester High School who is thrilled to be back at NSMT for his seventh show. Previous NSMT credits include A Christmas Carol (Peter Cratchit ‘12, ‘13), The Wizard of Oz (Barrister) The Sound of Music (Kurt), Tarzan (Young Tarzan - IRNE Award Nomination: Best Young Performer), The King and I (Louis Leonowens), and a reading of When Santa Fell to Earth. He is also a very well-known actor  and director in Gloucester and is active in theatre at his high school. He has performed in Beauty and the Beast (Lumiere) and Seussical (Jojo) at Stoneham Theatre. He would like to thank his family and friends for all of the support and thanks to NSMT for having him back.   FavazzaGiacomo
     
Chloe Thomas (Teen Caroler) is thrilled to be making her NSMT debut with A Christmas Carol! Favorite credits have been 25th...Spelling Bee (Olive Ostrovsky), Urinetown (Little Sally), Little Women (Amy March), Honk (Ida), Anything Goes (Hope Harcourt), and Footloose (Vi Moore--Best Youth Actress DASH Award nominee). Chloe would like to thank NSMT for this wonderful opportunity and her mom for all her love and support. Happy Holidays!   ThomasChloe
     
Ian Castracane (London Boy) is a 5th grader at the Bessie Buker Elementary School in Wenham, MA. He has appeared in the Manchester Summerstage productions of Anything Goes and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. He is thrilled to be part of the NSMT production of A Christmas Carol during this holiday season. "Thank you Mary, Mom and Dad!"   CastracaneIan
     
Jake Flynn (Tiny Tim) is thrilled to portray Tiny Tim in his debut performance with the NSMT. Jake is 8 years old and is in the 2nd grade. He has starred in many productions with Neverland Theatre including 2 Broadway Revues, Peter Pan, and Wizard of Oz. Jake sang the National Anthem at opening day little league in Hamilton-Wenham. Jake also loves playing flag football.   FlynnJake
     
Jillian Furber (Martha Cratchit) is a sophomore at Manchester Essex High School, and is overjoyed to be joining the cast of A Christmas Carol for the second year in a row. Previously, she was seen in Boston Children's Theatre's Pippin (Catherine), Neverland Theatre's Aladdin (Jasmine) and Cinderella (Cinderella), and she is an alumna of Broadway Artists Alliance. She cannot thank her family enough for the many hours devoted to her theatrical career and everyone at NSMT for the second chance to take part in this once in a lifetime experience.   FuberJillian
     
Scarlett Keene-Connole (Fan) is thrilled to be making her NSMT debut as Fan in A Christmas Carol. Scarlett's previous roles include Theatre By The Sea's Mary Poppins (Jane Banks) Newport Children's Theater's Little Women (Young Amy), Peter Pan (Tinkerbell), Thoroughly Modern Millie, Oliver! (Fagan's Gang), and as Annie in the Summer 2013 production of Annie. An energetic Aquidneck Islander, when Scarlett isn't on stage, she can usually be found on a lacrosse or soccer field, competing in a swim meet, hockey game or in Narragansett Bay regattas racing her Opti.   Keene-ConnoleScarlett
     
Paige Martino (Ignorance/Want) is thrilled to be back on the NSMT stage. She was last seen as Gretl Von Trapp in The Sound of Music. Past productions include Les Misérables (Young Cosette) at Marblehead Little Theatre and Peter Pan Jr. (Lost Boy) at Neverland Theatre. Paige is seven years old and reigns from Lynnfield, MA. She enjoys dancing, studying piano and playing soccer. She would like to say thank you to her friends, teachers and principal at Summer Street School for supporting her love of the arts. Plus, a big thank you to NSMT for giving her the chance once again to perform on her favorite stage. Happy Holidays!! Love you Mom, Dad and Jack!!   MartinoPaige
     
Sam Reenstierna (London Boy) is extremely excited to be part of the cast of A Christmas Carol. Sam is a 6th grade honor student at Johnson Elementary School in Nahant. Sam has only been acting and modeling for 2 years, but during that time he has performed with the American Repertory Theater and has done film, commercial and print work in Boston and New York City. Sam loves sports and plays with Premier Hoops, Nahant Little League and North Shore Flag Football. Mom, Dad, Tristan and your family are very proud of you Sam. Do your best!   ReenstiernaSam
     
Isabella Shee (Ignorance/Want) is excited to join NSMT's production of A Christmas Carol. Her other appearances at NSMT include The Wizard of Oz (Lullaby League, Munchkin) and Miss Saigon (Tam). She is 9 years old, a third grader at Cove Elementary School in Beverly. She also appeared in two of North Cambridge Family Opera's productions (Antiphony, Rain Dance). In addition, she is a member of the Boston Children's Chorus, Boston Ballet, and she loves to play violin. She would like to thank her Tita Cher (Harrington) for her tremendous help and support. And great thanks to Cove Elementary School (especially Mrs. Lisa Oliver) for making participation in ACC possible. Also, thanks to NSMT's BV for her patience and understanding.   SheeIsabella
     
Tony Weissinger (Peter Cratchit) is happy, and thankful, to return to the NSMT after his recent opportunity as the understudy to Gavroche in Les Misérables. Tony is a 6th grader from Hopkinton. His favorite roles were Tiny Tim in Humbug and Party Boy in The Nutcracker with FPAC, the Prince in ESL's Cinderella, and Ethan in The Jones Unit (WT), short film by Regis Schratz. Special thanks to my supportive family and happy holidays to all.   WeissingerAntonio
     
Eowyn Young (Belinda Cratchit) is delighted to debut in NSMT's wonderful theatre and holiday tradition. Past favorite credits include Reagle Music Theatre's Les Misérables (IRNE nomination Best Musical), Nextdoor Theatre's Gypsy, Riverside Music Theatre's Nuncrackers and Annie. She has also performed in musical dance productions at Cutler Majestic, Hanover Theatre, and RMT. Eowyn, age 9, passionately juggles singing, acting, competitive ballet and Irish dance, tap, piano, writing and guitar. Big thanks to NSMT, Doug Jabara, Denise Simon, Eva Kendrick, Amy Dancz, RKS Mgmt, and DBA. XO to Family & Friends.   YoungEowyn
     
Jon Kimbell (Adaptor, Director) is a producer in residence and Advisory Board member for SenovvA, Inc. SenovvA is a design and management group offering services to the entertainment, special event, architectural/construction and media services industries. SenovvA brings production solutions to theaters of every size in every region, recently providing design and technical support for Berkeley Rep, Maine State Music Theater, Kansas City Repertory Theater, Center Stage, Arizona Theater Company as well as Bring It On and American Idiot on Broadway. As Artistic Director for North Shore Music Theatre for 25 years retiring in 2007, he helped develop over 60 musicals, including Memphis, winner of four 2010 Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Kimbell produced Langston in Harlem, an original musical that opened Off-Broadway winning four 2010 Audelco Awards, including Best Musical. Audelco Awards celebrate excellence in Black Theater. Kimbell has received the Elliot Norton Award and the New England Theatre Conference Award for Outstanding Achievement in American Theatre; Salem State College's Lifetime Achievement Award; the Moss Hart Award and the 2010 Spotlight People's Choice Award for his musical adaptation of A Christmas Carol in addition to several awards for his work promoting tolerance and diversity. A champion of new works, Kimbell served as Vice Chair for the New York Music Theatre Festival and on the National Alliance for Musical Theatre's New Works Committee. He has served as a panelist and evaluator for the National Endowment for the Arts, New Hampshire Commission on the Arts, Massachusetts Cultural Council, Maine State Council on the Arts and Humanities, Ohio Arts Council, and the Cultural Arts Council of Houston.
     
John MacInnis (Choreographer) is thrilled to be back at NSMT working on A Christmas Carol, having previously choreographed the ‘07, ‘10, and '11 productions, as well as the 2004 production of Beauty and the Beast. Elsewhere, he has choreographed the National Tour, Japanese, and regional productions of Disney's The Little Mermaid. He is the associate choreographer of Disney's newest Broadway hit Aladdin. He also choreographed Disney's Beauty and the Beast in more than five European countries. In 2011 he served as the associate choreographer of the Tony award winning musical The Book of Mormon. Other credits include directing and choreographing the Olympic Medals Ceremonies at the 2010 and 2002 Winter Olympic Games. From 1999-2001 he directed and choreographed The Radio City Christmas Spectacular including the first international production in Mexico City Mexico.
     
Milton Granger (Music Direction) has previously served as Music Director in NSMT productions of Anything Goes, Cats and Swing! As pianist/conductor: Broadway: Mary Poppins, The Woman in White, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Cyrano the musical, and Camelot (with Robert Goulet). National tours: Sunset Boulevard, Big, The Phantom of the Opera, Only a Kingdom (with Sally Struthers). Off-Broadway: A Fine and Private Place, Fermat's Last Tango (CD and DVD), Company, Different Fields. International: West Side Story in Paris and Berlin; over ninety productions in regional theaters. As composer/lyricist/librettist: Two first-place awards from the National Opera Association; Castle Walk a Next Link selection in the 2013 New York Music Theatre Festival; Bronze Mirror a selection of the 2012 Manhattan Theatre Mission festival; Peter Rabbit and the Garden of Doom winner of the Actors' Playhouse 2012 competition. Eight chamber operas which have been produced by 50 college opera workshops and small opera companies in U.S. and Canada. www.miltongranger.com
     
Howard C. Jones (Original Scenic Design) Past NSMT design credits include Disney's The Little Mermaid, Legally Blonde, My Fair Lady, Bye, Bye Birdie, Contact, Forever Plaid, Hairspray, Singin' in the Rain ‘05, ‘92, Fame, Swing!, Cats, Chicago, Footloose ‘02, Carousel, Sweet Charity, Student Prince, Victor Victoria, Annie, Carnival, Crazy For You, Will Rogers Follies, Phantom, Showboat, South Pacific, Brigadoon, City of Angels, Guys and Dolls, Nunsense 2, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Camelot ‘91 and the annual production of A Christmas Carol. Mr. Jones has been a member of the faculty of the N.C. School of the Arts for the past 15 years. Before that he was the founder and owner of Cobalt Studios, an apprentice painting studio, in upstate New York. Other credits include Goodspeed Opera, Starlight Theatre, Missouri Repertory Theatre, CLO in Pittsburgh, Merrimack Repertory Theatre, Weston Playhouse, Virginia Opera and the American Heartland Theatre. Mr. Jones was proud to be included in the World Stage Design Expo 2005. He received the Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Designer in June 2000 and several times has been awarded Best Design by KC Drama Desk.
     
Paula Peasley-Ninestein (Resident Costume Designer) has been working in the costume department at NSMT since 2008 as the costume coordinator, costume designer or wardrobe supervisor for several NSMT productions. Her costume designs for NSMT's productions of Guys and Dolls and Legally Blonde earned IRNE nominations. Other credits include Stoneham Theatre, Opera Carolina, Chautauqua Opera, Opera Boston, PORTopera and La Jolla Playhouse. She has been an instructor of costume construction at the University of South Carolina and the College of Charleston. A native Wisconsinite, Paula is a proud Cheesehead and Green Bay Packer fan. Thanks to Trenholm and Tripp!
     
Jack Mehler (Lighting Design). Previous work with NSMT includes Miss Saigon (scenery & lighting), Annie, A Christmas Carol ('02-'13; 2012 IRNE nomination), The King and I, My Fair Lady, Camelot (IRNE nomination), Children of Eden, 42nd Street, Gypsy, Hairspray, High School Musical, Jesus Christ Superstar, A Little Night Music, Nine (IRNE nomination), Ragtime, The Producers, Thoroughly Modern Millie, West Side Story (scenery), Wizard of Oz. He received the 2012 (Elisabeth) and 2013 (Rebecca) Korean Muscial Theatre Award (Korean Tony) for Lighting Design of the Year. Other Theatre design credits include Paper Mill Playhouse, Manhattan Theatre Club, Cleveland Play House, Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma, Seattle Rep, Syracuse Stage, Weston Playhouse, The Working Theatre and WPA among many others. Dance: Joffrey Ballet, Lar Lubovitch, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, San Francisco Ballet, Donald Byrd/Spectrum Dance, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Jose Limon, Ballet Memphis and others. Jack also provides owner's design representation for organizations building or renovating performance and rehearsal spaces.
     
Leon Rothenberg (Sound Design) For NSMT: Les Misérables, The Wizard of Oz, All Shook Up, A Christmas Carol. On Broadway: Violet, The Realistic Joneses, The Nance (Tony® Award), The Heiress, Joe Turner's Come and Gone (Tony® Nomination), Impressionism. Select NY/Off-Broadway: Primary Stages, Second Stage, Tectonic Theater Project, Women's Project, Manhattan Theater Club, Public Theater, LCT3, New York City Center. Select Regional: Arena Stage, Seattle Repertory Theater, New York Stage & Film, Two River Theater, Long Wharf, McCarter, La Jolla Playhouse, Old Globe, Intiman, Theatre By The Sea. International: Cirque du Soleil's Kooza and Wintuk, National Theater of Cyprus, Dijon Festival. klaxson.net
     
Gerard Kelly (Original Hair & Wig Design) Broadway: Hair (Tony Award - Best Revival of a Musical). Gerard's hair and wig design has been seen at Regional Theatre's and Shakespeare Festivals across the country. Gerard has also created many wigs for performers such as Harvey Fierstein, Felicity Huffman, Laura Linney, Marlo Thomas, The B-52's (including the cover of there last album Funplex), Varla Jean Merman, Charles Busch, S.Epartha Merkerson, Jennifer Holiday, Ru Paul, Woopie Goldberg, and The Lady Bunny. Gerard's work can be seen in films such as Transamerica, Girls Will Be Girls, The Ten, The Savages, King Bolden, Notorious, the recently released The Conjuring and currently in production The Other Woman.
     
Phill Madore (Production Stage Manager). A Christmas Carol marks Phill's 12th and final production at NSMT. Past credits include Les Misérables, Chicago, Grease, The Little Mermaid, Anything Goes, A Christmas Carol, Miss Saigon, La Cage aux Folles, Cats, The Wizard of Oz, and Sound of Music. Phill was the resident stage manager at Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theatre for 7 seasons where he worked on over 75 productions including the complete stage works of Samuel Beckett and J.M Synge. Phill trained at Point Park University.  Phill would like to thank the entire NSMT Staff, Production Team, and all the very talented directors, designers, and casts for two wonderful seasons.  Many thanks and much love to his husband Shawn.
     
Kevin P. Hill (Associate Director/Choreographer, Artistic Director). Born and raised in Waltham, Massachusetts, Kevin began his theatrical career as dancer and actor. He appeared in National Touring companies of Hello Dolly! with Carol Channing, Leslie Uggams and Michele Lee, Anything Goes and the International Touring Company of A Chorus Line. New York audiences have seen him in the Off-Broadway production of Party. Regional credits as a performer include: West Side Story, Good News! A Chorus Line, My Fair Lady and Marvin in Falsettoland. Kevin has directed and choreographed over 80 productions across America. He has had the privilege of working with such stars as Marin Mazzie, Joanne Worley, Kathleen Turner, Josh Groban, Jonathan Groff and Tony Award winner, Cady Huffman. In New York, he was the assistant to the director of On The Twentieth Century at the New Amsterdam Theatre and assistant to the choreographer on the revival of Guys and Dolls. Most recently he directed and choreographed 2 record-breaking musicals, Grease and Disney's Mary Poppins, at Bill Hanney's Theatre By The Sea in Rhode Island, where he is also Artistic Director. Kevin has been nominated as Best Director/Choreographer for his work on Smokey Joe's Café, Rent, The Full Monty, Chicago, and Edwin Drood, and was awarded the NH Theatre Award for Best Choreography for West Side Story at the Papermill Theatre. Future projects include an original danced play called Standing Still. As a Professor of Dance, Kevin has been on faculty at Pennsylvania State University, Kansas State University and most recently The Boston Conservatory of Music. He currently owns Hill Studios Dance and Fitness Center located in Newton, Massachusetts, and is a proud member of SDC, AEA and Dance Masters of New England, Chapter 5.
     
Robert L. Rucinski (Assistant Music Director). Past NSMT credits include: Les Misérables, Little Mermaid, The King and I, A Christmas Carol '04-'07 & '10-'13, Forever Plaid, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Crazy for You, Cinderella '05-'06, Singing in the Rain, Ain't Misbehavin', Damn Yankees, Camelot, Fame. Robert is thrilled to be returning to NSMT for his tenth production of A Christmas Carol including Seacoast Repertory Theatre's production in 2009. He just closed an acclaimed production of Alice, A New Musical at Wheelock Family Theatre as their music director.  Additionally, since last Christmas, he has been musical director at a variety of theaters throughout New England for such shows as Fame, The Addams Family, Godspell, and an award winning production of Into The Woods. He continues to be involved with a number of high school and university music and theater programs throughout Eastern and Central Massachusetts. A native of Jersey City, NJ, now currently living in Arlington, MA, Robert is a freelance musician working out of Boston and New York City.
     
Amanda M. Stuart (Assistant Stage Manager) is honored to join the NSMT team! She just came back to the east coast by way of Transcendence Theatre Company in Sonoma CA where she is the Director of Operations. She has a BFA in performance from the Hartt School of Music. Amanda has traveled the United States at land and by sea working on and off the stage with numerous theatre companies, but truly has crafted her art working at Westchester Broadway Theatre where she started as an intern and ultimately became the ASM. Much love to family and friends who have been there every step of the way.
     
ZFX, Inc. (Flying Effects). Broadway: Peter Pan with Cathy Rigby; The Green Bird; Kiss Me, Kate; Dance of the Vampires; Wicked, Saturday Night Fever; Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me; Fiddler on the Roof and Frozen. National tours: Seussical the Musical, Blues Clues Live, Spiderman Live and Dora the Explorer. Television: A&E's "Peter Pan," CNN, the Tony Awards and "The Rosie O'Donnell Show." www.zfxflying.com.
     
Bill Hanney (Owner / Producer) is honored and proud to have been responsible for the re-opening of the nationally renowned North Shore Music Theatre in 2010. He began his career in show business at age 19, leasing and developing movie theaters, including his first multiplex in Quincy, Massachusetts. Before long, he was booking rock shows (Jefferson Starship, Rush) and other types of live entertainment, which eventually led to the presenting and producing of Broadway productions. One such show was an appearance by the legendary mime artist, Marcel Marceau. As president of Broadway Productions, Bill presented national tours such as Annie, Amadeus, Dancin', Peter Pan, Rocky Horror Show and Mark Twain starring Hal Holbrook, throughout New England including Worcester, Springfield, Portland, Maine and Boston. Aside from his work operating North Shore Music Theatre, one of Bill's crowning achievements was the 2007 purchase and re-opening of Theatre by the Sea, a landmark 500 seat professional summer theatre and restaurant, which just concluded its eighth successful year of operation in Matunuck, RI (theatrebythesea.com). Throughout his career, Bill has stayed focused on his movie theatre chain having bought, built, owned, operated and sold more than 30 cinemas. His company, Entertainment Cinemas, currently operates eight movie complexes in four states. In 2009, Bill was elected President of the Theatre Owners of New England. Bill's ongoing work with NSMT inspires him to consider acquiring additional performance venues at which he plans to someday share his productions between his theatres. Bill is a member of the League of Broadway Producers and is currently a Lead Producer on the Broadway-bound revival of Sugar Babies. Bill has been named to the North Shore Top 100 by the North Shore Chamber of Commerce. In 2012 he was recognized by both the Beverly Chamber of Commerce and Salem Chamber of Commerce as Business Person of the Year. In addition to his work with NSMT and TBTS, Bill is also involved with the Broadway revival of Pippin at the Music Box Theatre.
     
Beth Vasta (Associate Producer) is thrilled to be entering her 10th season with North Shore Music Theatre. Before coming to NSMT, Beth received her Bachelor's Degree from Rutgers University, NJ and her Masters in Sports Administration from the University of Northern Colorado. She then served as the Director of High Performance for the United States Field Hockey Association, where she worked with the Olympic Team Coaches and HP Staff strategizing on Team USA's path for International and Olympic success. After spending 13 years with US Field Hockey, and traveling the world as the USA Team Manager/ HP Director at the Olympic Games, World Cup, and Pan American Games, Beth decided to pursue her other passion in life: music and theatre. She moved from Colorado to Massachusetts to join Blue Man Group Boston as their Company Manager. After several years at Blue Man, she came on board at NSMT, and has been here ever since. She still keeps connected to the sporting world with a part-time job at the Boston Garden (Bruins and Celtics), and cheers on the Red Sox as well. Beth is grateful to the amazingly talented Producers and Artistic Directors she has had the honor to work for and with at North Shore Music Theatre, as they have all helped shape her vision as an Associate Producer. Most importantly she thanks Jon Kimbell, John LaRock, Lars Nelson, Arianna Knapp, and Bill Hanney for their unfailing support throughout the years.
     
Actors' Equity Association (AEA), founded in 1913, represents more than 45,000 actors and stage managers in the United States. Equity seeks to advance, promote and foster the art of live theatre as an essential component of our society. Equity negotiates wages and working conditions, providing a wide range of benefits, including health and pension plans. AEA is a member of the AFL-CIO, and is affiliated with FIA, an international organization of performing arts unions. The Equity emblem is our mark of excellence. www.actorsequity.org
     
North Shore Music Theatre (NSMT) Since 1955, NSMT has become one of the most attended theatres in New England, with approximately 250,000 patrons annually. With a national and regional reputation for artistic achievement, NSMT has received numerous industry awards including Elliot Norton Awards, IRNE Awards, the Rosetta Le Noire Award from Actors' Equity, and the Moss Hart Award. NSMT produced the World Premiere of Memphis in 2003, the show went on to win four 2010 Tony® Awards including Best Musical. Under the new ownership of Bill Hanney in 2010, NSMT continues to annually produce a musical subscription series and an annual production of A Christmas Carol along with celebrity concerts and children's programming.

 
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OPEN PRIOR TO EVENING PERFORMANCES ONLY.
The restaurant is closed for kid's shows and matinees.
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AMERICAN BBQ
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Backstage Bistro “Fezziwig Buffet”

The festive buffet will include a carving station with roasted turkey
and stuffing - along with several other holiday seasonal favorites!


Powdered Dinner Rolls

Garden Salad
with Cherry Tomatoes, Feta Cheese & Dried Cranberries
tossed with an Apple Cider Vinaigrette


Carved Roasted Turkey
with Gravy

Baked Haddock
with Crumb Topping

Smoked BBQ Pulled Pork

Cranberry Sauce

Stuffing

Red Bliss Mashed Potatoes

Butternut Squash

Mixed Vegetables
with Herbed Butter

Apple Crisp

with Whipped Cream

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