November 18th, 2012 at 11:12pm brian
It’s Christmas time, and the Prague Playhouse is once again bringing you Charles Dickens’ timeless classic, A Christmas Carol. In what is fast becoming an annual family tradition, director Michael Pitthan offers a fresh retelling of this tale of Ebenezer Scrooge, who starts the play in greed and selfishness to find his humanity in the end. Pitthan explores the Scrooge in all of us: if Scrooge, the worst of us, can come out of the darkness to find redemption, can we not too come into the light?
Pitthan, a long-time member of the Prague Playhouse, has a background of work in the U.K. which was orientated towards a strong ensemble approach involving performers playing multiple characters. He brings music, dance and song together and invites the audience to actively participate.
Musical director, Tyson Jaquez, is a new addition to the Prague Playhouse. Having only been in Prague a short time, Jaquez is very excited to work with the cast and crew on this production. He studied music education in the United States and has over ﬁve years of innovative teaching and performance experience in addition to his musical directing.
Pitthan and Jaquez have brought together a brand new international cast that brings an incredible range of skills to this year’s production. Combining traditional carols with original interludes, composed by Jaquez and accordionist Jirka Čevela, the music sets the scene for the journey of a human soul from darkness into light. Milan Malinovsky, Stuart Mentha, Azadeh Mohammadi, Marie Majkusova, Lloyd Waldo, Veronika Bellova and Eric Sammons make up the ensemble cast.
The Prague Playhouse’s production of A Christmas Carol comes on the heels of this summer’s successful production of Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd. Carol will be a much more intimate production than Todd, which featured a cast of twenty and a live nine-piece orchestra.
A Christmas Carol plays for 9 performances only at Divadlo Inspirace (December 7 at 19:30 and December 8, 9, 15, 16 at 14:00 and 19:30). Tickets are 250 Kc general admission, 200 Kc for students under 26 and seniors 65 and older. Tickets can be reserved online at http://contacts.pragueplayhouse.com/boxoffice/new-order/198. For more information, please contact Laura at 776 605 227 or Anezka (for enquiries in Czech) 737 113 161.