A Christmas Carol

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A Christmas Carol

By Charles Dickens

Adapted by Charles Renot

Directed by John Short

December 10-19, 1999

As a special holiday offering, HSC closed out the 1999 season with a rare treat, A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.  Originating as a one-time school performance for OLC students, this production quickly spanned into a multi-venue tour as more organizations became interested in having a holiday showing.  Subsequently shows ran at the Hoboken City Courtroom and the 5 Corners Library Theater.  John Short, long time actor with HSC and theatrical student, took on the task of directing his very first show and chose a version of the famous story that underscored scenes with narration from a grandmotherly story teller.  Also, continuing in the vein of previous 1999 productions, Short used non traditional casting and updated the setting of the piece to present day.  Charles J. Roby, having previously been seen as Cicero in Julius Caesar and Gremio in Taming of the Shrew, took on the part of the modern day Scrooge.  Pictured below are shots of a performance at OLC Victory Hall.    

Narrator (Betsy Smith) begins her tale of greed and redemption in the guise of the holiday cheer.


 Fred (James Thompson) is dismissed by his Uncle Scrooge. 


The venue program for the special seniors showing at the 5 Corners Library Theater

Below, the fateful encounter between Scrooge and his departed partner Marley (Jon Ciccrelli)


Character Actor
Scrooge Charles J. Roby
Narrator Betsy Smith
Fred/Young Scrooge James Thompson
Crachit/Marley Jon Ciccarelli
Mrs. Crachit Francine Tychuaco
Belle/Crachit daughter Stephanie Kramer
Ghost of Christmas Past Jennifer Short
Ghost of Christmas Present L. Robert Johnson
Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come Bonnie Masters
Tiny Tim Daniel Short


OLC Victory Hall Jersey City, NJ

5 Corners Library Theater Jersey City, NJ

Hoboken City Courtroom Hoboken, NJ


To view other 1999 shows:   

Prelude to a Kiss    The Glass Menagerie    Julius Caesar    The Couples of Shakespeare   

Taming of the Shrew   The Crucible   A Christmas Carol


To view other seasons: 

2003     2002    2001    2000   1999   1998   1997    1996    1995    1994/1993    1992


For listings and information on our 2004 season.

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