Rehearsals have begun for the cast of A Christmas Carol

Scrooge & Christmas Past
Scrooge & Christmas Past

“One of the most popular shows in North Carolina history” celebrates its 35th year

Evenings at Theatre In the Park will be full of music and merriment as the cast of A Christmas Carol have begun rehearsals at the historic theatre located in Pullen Park in downtown Raleigh. This year marks the 35th anniversary of Ira David Wood III’s original musical comedy adaptation of Charles Dickens’ legendary story. The cast for 2009 is made up of 76 volunteers ranging in age from 5 to 70 and include a number of familiar faces such as David Henderson, Mike Raab, Andrea Schulz Twiss, Heather Shinpaugh, Sarah Simons, and Ira David Wood IV to name a few who will perform alongside new local talent that have joined the cast for the first time. David Moore, who will also return to once again play Bob Cratchit said, “it wouldn’t be Christmas in my family without A Christmas Carol.” Included in the cast are 17 “Littles” who have been cast to fill the roles of the children including Bryant Prince as Tiny Tim, and Kelsey Healey, who is returning as the Ghost of Christmas Past. Theatre In The Park’s Office Manager Erin West joins this year’s production team as Assistant Stage Manager and will be working with returning production team members Brijet Whitney (Choreographer), Diane Petteway (Pianist), Christine Rapp (Stage Manager), Tim Ruffin (Technical Director) and Ira David Wood III (Writer/Director/Actor).

In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the show’s first tour to France in 1989, a select group of over 50 cast, crew and band members will travel to Raleigh’s sister city of Compiègne, France with another 40 or more patrons and friends of the theatre, to perform a modified version of A Christmas Carol for four shows on November 26th & 27th. Interesting to note is that one of the shows is already sold out.  If you are interested in supporting your local community overseas and attending the performance of A Christmas Carol in France, please contact Kim Kleinhans at Maupin Travel 919-301-0008 for a selection of travel packages.

The 35th annual A Christmas Carol will perform at the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts Memorial Auditorium December 8-16, 2009. Tickets go on sale to the general public through Ticketmaster (800-745-3000 or beginning Sunday, October 18th, and at the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts Memorial Auditorium Box Office beginning Monday, October 19th. Due to the show’s overwhelming popularity, an additional performance has been added on Sunday, December 13th  at 7:00PM.

For more information on A Christmas Carol and current fundraising activities to help support the theatre’s international tour to France, visit or call 919-831-6058.

About Theatre In The Park
Theatre In The Park, currently celebrating its 62nd season, is located in the northern end of Raleigh’s scenic Pullen Park adjacent to North Carolina State University. The theatre is acclaimed for its many outstanding theatrical achievements. Each season Theatre In The Park presents an exceptional series of productions including the very best in comedy, original musicals, Shakespeare, and contemporary drama. Theatre In The Park is North Carolina’s largest non-profit performing Arts organizations and is second in the region only to the celebrated Actor’s Theatre of Louisville in original works premiered. Theatre In The Park truly offers something for everyone.

A Christmas Carol 2009, Cast Members

Name                                  Character Played       Hometown

Kathleen Black                     Laura                                Cary
Scottie Black                         Townsperson                  Raleigh
Ricky Blalock                        Townsperson                 Willow Spring
Dempsey Bond                     Ghostie Singer                Cary
Chris Coby                             Townsperson                  Wake Forest
Rita Coby                               Townsperson                  Wake Forest
Summer Coby                       Townsperson                  Wake Forest
Janis Coville                          Townsperson                  Cary
Tyler Crocker                       Townsperson                  Benson
Toni Gadsden                       Townsperson                  Raleigh
Emily Gardenhire                Dancer                             Cary
Christine Gardenhire          Dancer                             Cary
Gary Gardenhire                  Townsperson                  Cary
Patty Gardenhire                 Townsperson                  Cary
Grace Goetz                          Townsperson                  Cary
Hannah Goetz                      Townsperson                  Cary
Morgan Goetz                      Townsperson                  Cary
Morgan Goodman               Townsperson                  Raleigh
Bob Harris                            Townsperson                  Raleigh
Holly Harris                         Townsperson                  Raleigh
Kelsey Healey                      Christmas Past               Raleigh
David Henderson                Jacob Marley                  Raleigh
Bob Jensen                           Townsperson                  Raleigh
Betsy Jones                          Townsperson                  Willow Spring
Tessa Joseph                       Dancer                              Holly Springs
Alison Lawrence                 Townsperson                  Raleigh
Lisa Lowrance                      Townsperson                  Raleigh
Wilder Lowrance                 Townsperson                  Raleigh
Kayla Martin                         Martha Cratchit              Raleigh
Chris Maxwell                       Dancer                             Morrisville
Patty Mercer                        Townsperson                  Raleigh
Peter Mercer                       Peter Cratchit                 Raleigh
David Moore                        Bob Cratchit                    Cary
Michael Murray                   Townsperson                  Raleigh
Mark Olexik                          Townsperson                  Apex
Craig Osterhus                     Lamplighter                     Raleigh
Jennifer Osterhus                Belinda Cratchit              Raleigh
Christie Osterhus                 Dancer                             Raleigh
Rachel Osterhus                  Dancer                             Raleigh
Mason Park                           Townsperson                  Raleigh
Bryant Prince                       Tiny Tim Cratchit             Holly Springs
Melanie Prince                    Mrs. Cratchit                   Holly Springs
Peyton Prince                      Townsperson                  Holly Springs
Mike Raab                             Christmas Future            Fuquay-Varina
Fiona Raab                            Townsperson                  Fuquay-Varina
Caitlin Raab                           Townsperson                  Fuquay-Varina
Walker Ramseur                  Townsperson                  Raleigh
Rachel Redwine                   Dancer                             Cary
JR Richardson                       Townsperson                  Raleigh
Tyler Rollins                          Townsperson                  Fuquay-Varina
Andrea  Schulz Twiss           Townsperson                  Cary
John Shearer                        Christmas Present          Chapel Hill
Heather Shinpaugh             Mrs. Fezziwig                   Cary
Sarah Simons                        Niece                                Raleigh
Brent  Simpson                     Mr. Fezziwig                    Raleigh
Cedric Stapleton                  Young Scrooge                Raleigh
Kaitlin Szulik                          Dancer                             Raleigh
Alayah Tedder                      Townsperson                  Durham
Frank Theriault                     Christmas Present Elf     Willow Spring
Colleen Theriault                 Townsperson                  Willow Spring
Tippy Thornton                    Townsperson                  Knightdale
Ella Reeves Vaughan           Townsperson                  Raleigh
Brandon Veal                        Townsperson                  Raleigh
Caleb Veal                             Townsperson                  Raleigh
Jade Watson                         Ghostie Singer                Wendell
Mackenzie Webel               Townsperson                  Chapel Hill
Hannah Whitney                  Townsperson                  Raleigh
Ranele Winter                      Townsperson                  Fuquay-Varina
Ira David Wood III                Ebenezer Scrooge          Raleigh
Ira David Wood IV                Nephew                           Raleigh
Henry Young                         Townsperson                  Raleigh
Janie Young                           Townsperson                  Raleigh
Matt Zimmerman                 Townsperson                  Cary
Vanessa Zitzmann                Townsperson                  Benson

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