Musical comedy "The Christmas Carol Rag" features female Scrooge at Burien Actors Theatre
Burien Actors Theatre’s holiday show, The Christmas Carol Rag, is a delightfully irreverent and moving musical comedy set in ragtime-era New York City. This reimagining of the original Dickens’ classic, written by Norman Allen with musical arrangements by Howard Breitbart, is a Northwest premiere in which Scrooge is an embittered woman who runs a sweatshop. Performances are Nov. 24 through Dec. 17.
The Burien Actors Theatre production features specialty drinks themed to the show and plenty of free on-site parking, plus an opening night party.
“THE CHRISTMAS CAROL RAG”
This musical comedy take on the Dickens classic is set in the ragtime-era world of rough-and-tumble New York City, circa 1911. Ebenezer Scrooge has been recast as an embittered woman named Evelyn who runs her sweatshop with an iron fist, but slowly opens her heart when visited by a Yiddish-spouting Ghost of Christmas Past and Gospel-wailing Ghost of Christmas Present. A funny and moving show that puts a new twist on a holiday classic with production numbers featuring live music from ragtime tunes to Gospel.
This show is suitable for all age.
Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. at Burien Actors Theatre, 14501 4th Ave. S.W. in Burien.
Ticket prices range from $7 to $20. Student tickets are just $10. Enjoy an opening weekend deal: Tickets on opening night, Nov. 24, include free admission to the opening night party after the show. On Saturday, Nov. 25 all tickets are half price. On Sunday, Nov. 26, known as Seven Buck Sunday, admission is just $7.
The Christmas Carol Rag is sponsored by 4Culture and Pickled & Preserved.
THE CAST, DIRECTOR AND DESIGNERS
Stage director Calen Winn and music director Elizabeth Bender direct the talented cast of Cara Hazzard (Evelyn Scrooge), Rochelle Flynn (Gladys/Janet Marley/Partygoer), Hannah Rockel (Anne Cratchit/Young Evelyn Scrooge), Jessica Robins (Agnes/Christmas Past/Edie), Angelica Barksdale (Ruthie/Partygoer/Christmas Present), Jaron Boggs (Bob Cratchit, Young Bob Cratcht), Max Lopuszynski (Fred/Tim), Rosemary Herold (Sylvia/Partygoer), Kevin Finney (Bobby/Fezziwig). Elizabeth Bender is also the pianist for the show. Lisa Harringon is the show’s stage manager.
Designers for the show are: Gayle Staker, choreographer; Albie Clementi, set; Rob Falk, lighting; Cyndi Baumgardner, props; Tucker O’Conner, costumes; and Eric Dickman, sound.
ABOUT BURIEN ACTORS THEATRE
Exciting live theater has been a tradition in Burien since 1955. Incorporated in 1980, Burien Actors Theatre (BAT) has been a leading producer of quality live theater serving residents of the Seattle and south Puget Sound areas.
Burien Actors Theatre gives audiences an intriguing and invigorating theatre experience with unusual and fantastical productions they can’t see on film or see anywhere else. The company’s mission is to treat audiences to productions of the highest artistic integrity that excite, engage and involve both the local and expanding theatrical communities in the Puget Sound region.
BAT is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) entity and operates on revenue from ticket sales, donations, grants, sponsorships and volunteers.