A Christmas Carol opens Dec. 4 at The Bonstelle!

Jingle Bells Rock the Bonstelle Theatre this Holiday Season!

The Bonstelle Theatre decks the halls with the iconic story, A Christmas Carol adapted by Dennis Powers and Laird Williamson from the story by Charles Dickens running December 4 through December 13. Follow Ebenezer Scrooge and his ghostly visitors to Christmas past, present, and future in this timeless classic.

Originally written by Charles Dickens in 1843, A Christmas Carol is arguably one of the most recognizable theatrical productions in the world. Dickens compared the success of his other works to this show. Redemption, compassion and social injustice are the themes behind A Christmas Carol as well as most other works by Dickens. An almost immediate success upon publication, the story of A Christmas Carol continues to entertain theatergoers around the world 166 years after its creation.

Director Dennis E. North brings the audience to the present day on the streets of London. Costume designer Jessica Van Essen creates a punk rock ambience, combining leather, fringe and traditional Christmas concepts throughout her creations. Benjamin Williams (Detroit, MI), who was last seen in The Talented Tenth, takes the lead as the miserable Ebenezer Scrooge with six-year-old Joseph Frederick Plieth from Troy, MI as Tiny Tim. Scenic Designer Pegi Marshall-Amundsen’s ambitious set will mark her first production at the Bonstelle Theatre since being hired on as a Scenic Design faculty member at Wayne State University. All of these elements present a unique twist on an old tale about discovering the meaning of Christmas.

Other cast members include Alex Trice (Dickens/Detroit, MI), Dave Cowan (Bob Crachit/Grosse Ile, MI), Ted Neda (Fred/St. Clair Shores, MI), Patrick Loos (Marley/Highland, MI), Kyle Holton (Christmas Past/Detroit, MI), Kara Frizzell (Mrs. Christmas Past/Garden City, MI), Colin Mallory (Boy Scrooge/East Lansing, MI), Justin Wagner (Young Scrooge/New Baltimore, MI), Caitlin Morrison (Belle/Romeo, MI), Andrew Sheldon (Mr. Fezziwig/Redford, MI), Megan Fuller (Mrs. Fezziwig/Warren, MI), Justin Crutchfield (Christmas Present/Detroit, MI), Brittany Peele (Mary/Detroit, MI), Siena Hassett (Martha/Grosse Pointe Park, MI), Molly Waggamon (Mrs. Cratchit/Sterling Heights, MI), Alyssa Lukas (Dilber/Wayne, MN), Jacquie Michnuk (Flicher/Dearborn, MI), Joe Hamid (Old Joe/Coral Springs, FL), Kelly Klopocinski (Chorus/Sterling Heights, MI), Samantha Moltmaker (Chorus Angel/Harrison Twp, MI), Erin Hildebrandt (Chrous Angel/Walled Lake, MI), Elizabeth Bricker (Chorus Angel/Detroit, MI), Aeisha Reese (Chorus Angel/Flint, MI), Ashley Shamoon (Chorus/Northville, MI), Steve Xander Carson (Chrosu/New Baltimore, MI), George Abud (Chorus/Grosse Pointe, MI), Andre DeJuan (Chrosu/Detroit, MI) and William Turbett (Chorus/Dearborn, MI).

The production team includes Mercedes Coley (Stage Manager), Jessica Van Essen (Costume Designer), Christopher Wade (Lighting Designer), Wendy Wojciehowski (Sound Designer), Fred Florkowski (Technical Director) and Jeffrey Cotnoir (Publicist).

A Christmas Carol plays at the Bonstelle Theatre December 4, 2009 to December 13, 2009. Advance ticket sales are available at the Wayne State Theatre Box Office, located at 4743 Cass (corner of Hancock), or by phone at (313) 577-2960. Tickets may be purchased online at www.wsushows.com. The box office is open Tuesday – Saturday from 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. Tickets may be purchased at the door at the Bonstelle Theatre (3424 Woodward Ave.) one hour prior to performances. Regular tickets are available for $15, and $12 discounted tickets are available to seniors ages 62+, and Wayne State University faculty, staff, and Alumni Association members. Student rush tickets are available for $10 the night of the performance. Group discounts are also available. For more information, please visit the theatre’s website at www.bonstelle.com.