Musical Christmas Carol Returns to Lincoln
Lincoln’s own professional playhouse in the heart of the White Mountains gets visited by the very real ghosts of Christmas present when “A Christmas Carol, the Musical Ghost Story” returns to Jean’s/North Country Center for the Arts with three performances on Dec. 14 & 15 at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday matinee at 2:00 p.m.
The popular story is told in this original musical featuring a score of new and returning actors, including perennial favorite George F. Piehl (AEA) as the Ghost of Jacob Marley, John D. Conlon as Scrooge, Michael Pantanella as Bob Cratchit and Catherine Cormier Martinez as Belle and Fred’s wife.
Joel Mercier, creator and composer of this production, also directs a creative team that includes choreographer Katie Proulx and scenic/lighting designer Wally Pineault, among others.
“We think of this as a story that not only brings people together with a traditional tale,” said Mercier, “but can also give us a chance to bring people together by giving back.” Just as the opening weekend performances of this show collected canned goods in Concord, Jean’s is asking audience members to bring along canned or box food items to add to a collection for the Lincoln-Woodstock Food Pantry. “Scrooge was moved to generosity, and we’d like to share that spirit of giving by collecting for our local agency,” said Mercier.
The cast of performers from around the state rehearsed in Concord, thanks to shared space from the Boys & Girls Club of Central NH. Back north, Jean’s will be at rehearsal space of their own; but are grateful to two local hospitality inns for putting up some of the downstate actors over the performance weekend.
And in addition to performers listed, the cast for Lincoln performances will include area children Addison Allain, Molly Hazelton, Gavin Thibault, and Wenonah Brewer. They will join a cast that includes Daniel Adams, Amy Agostino, Garrett Meyer, Angelo Gentile, Debra Buckley, Andrew Gibson, Deirdre Hickok Bridge, Irene Schultz, Mark Kelly, Kaylee Bertrand, Margaret Fair, Anna Jodka; with Ryleigh O'Keefe.Ellen Burger, Caity Jeanne Glover, and Cheri Birch as the trio of Past/Present/Future.
St. Joseph’s Church of Lincoln is the sponsor for the second year of this holiday tradition. Get tickets at 603-745-2141 or jeansplayhouse.com – and tickets will also be available prior to performances.