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Presents

A Christmas Carol By Charles Dickens Adapted for Francis Wilson Playhouse by Sam McClelland

Directed by Sam McClelland

December 10-20, 2009 302 Seminole Street, Clearwater, FL 33755 (727) 446-1360 www.FrancisWilsonPlayhouse.Org


From the President’s Desk To our members and friends Welcome to our adaptation of Charles Dickens’ Christmas Carol! Thirteen years ago we were surprised by the late withdrawal of the rights to perform our then scheduled December show. I am not sure anyone remembers what that show was supposed to be, but quite a few will remember the production of Christmas Carol that replaced it. Buzz Dawson (the theatre manager at the time) asked Sam McClelland if he had any idea what we could do (since obtaining performance rights at such short notice would be almost impossible), and Sam said “I’ll write an adaptation of Christmas Carol!” A few long nights (and days off his regular job) later, the show was written. Luckily for us, Dickens had done all of the heavy lifting – but writing a stage adaptation at such short notice was still a formidable task. The fact that it later won some Lary awards was a testament to the hard work that went into it! This time, we asked Sam about a year ago to dust off the script, tighten it up a bit, add some traditional carols and direct it for us once again. So he did, and we are once again proud to be presenting the timeless story of Ebeneezer Scrooge and the Visitation of the Three Spirits. Sam has kept as much of Dickens’ immortal prose as he thinks we actors can memorize, and has brought the players in this tale of redemption and hope to vivid life once more. Almost a hundred people have been involved in the staging of this show, and many more besides have made significant contributions of time and effort to make it a success. I was fortunate enough to be cast as Tiny Tim, so I have had the distinct pleasure of working with these fine talented people on the show. It has been a rare treat for me, and I hope you enjoy it as much as we are. See you after the show! From all of in the Francis Wilson Playhouse family: Have a safe and wonderful holiday season!

Graham Jones

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Francis Wilson Playhouse Benefactors Executive Co-Producers M/M Bruce Black

Angels Mrs. Nancy Neef Carnaby Ms Eleanor Jones Ms Patricia S. Smith

M/M Robert Vest

Patrons Ms Bobbi Wileman Adair Mrs. Patti Baldwin M/M David Camburn Mr. Donald Carroll M/M Charles Carter M/M Joe Corbett M/M Charles DeBlaker Mr. Bruce & Karen DeFelix Dr Helen Dexterr M/M Henry Durlacher M/M Allen Edelman M/M James Foit

M/M David Ford LTC/Mrs. Peter Graubard Dr Paul & Maureen Gualtieri M/M Joseph Hall Ms Dianna Hanger Ruth & Rogers Hedberg M/M Robert Isinger M/M Tony Johannesmeyer Graham & Peggy Jones Ms Ann Kessler M/M Ben H. Loper

Mr. Howard Eddy

Ms Eddy Licht Mrs. Babs Michael

Mary & David Macdaid M/M Gisella Monus M/M Richard Mucciolo Ms Jimmie Parker Mr. Michael Paysan Mr. Charles Possick M/M Egon Schreiner Satendra & Marie Singh M/M John Stockman Elvina/Donald Tuttle Steven & Mary Ann Whit

Sustainer Members Mr. William Rockenfeller

We apologize if your name was inadvertently left off this list. Please contact our box office as soon as possible for a correction of any oversight.

================================================= 2009-2010 Season Memberships 9 Show Extended Season ............................................................... $150 8 Show Season................................................................................ $135 6 Show Season (6 consecutive shows)........................................... $125 Francis Wilson Playhouse Benefactor Memberships “Sustainer Member” ......................................................................... $175 “Patron” (2 seats per show) ............................................................. $350 “Angel” (4 seats per show)............................................................... $750 “Executive Co-Producer” (6 seats per show)................................ $1,100

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Francis Wilson Playhouse Clearwater, Florida

Board of Directors Graham Jones................................................ President Andy Rufo.......................................... 1st Vice President Babs Bailey .......................................2nd Vice President Cory McBride ................................................. Treasurer Peggy Reay-Jones......................................... Secretary Kathleen Goelz..................................... VP Investments Cherie Albury .................................................... Director David Camburn ................................................. Director Dianna Hanger .................................................. Director Patricia Bates Smith ......................................... Director Chick Svboda .................................................... Director Jules Vickers..................................................... Director Patti Baldwin ................................ Chair - First Nighters Sam McClelland ...........Chair – Dorothy Ellison Society

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A Christmas Carol By Charles Dickens Adapted for the Francis Wilson Playhouse by Sam McClelland

December 10-20, 2009 Directed by Sam McClelland Director’s Notes This is a revival of our 1996 award-winning production of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. It is a traditional retelling of the classic tale with eighty percent of our play coming word-for-word from Dickens. A copy of the original hand-written manuscript is on display in our lobby. You can see where Dickens edited it, and then go on to read one paragraph after another, unchanged and exactly as he first wrote it down in ink. Our adaptation stays as true as we can to Dickens' plot device of time travel, in which ghosts transport Scrooge into the past and into possible futures. Our adaptation affirms the survival of Tiny Tim by imagining another possible future for him as a grandfather telling the story at Christmas, and then gives his character all of the author's delightfully descriptive paragraphs as his dialogue. Much gratitude is owed to the Francis Wilson Playhouse Board for choosing to revive this play, and to the dozens of performing artists, many of whom are youths appearing for the first time on any stage, for giving fresh interpretation to what is the most classic Christmas story in English literature.

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About Our Play Our play begins in the World War I London Household of Brian and Norma Kayley. It is Christmas Eve, 1916, and their son, Jonathan, is away at war. His fiancée, Stephanie, is their houseguest. Jonathan's grandfather, Timothy Cratchitt, who some seventy years ago was the “Tiny Tim” of our tale, comes to visit. He brings a unique tree-top decoration—not a star, or an angel, but a figure of the spirit of Christmas Past, “just as Ol' Ebenezer Scrooge described her”, he says. “Who is Ebenezer Scrooge?”, Stephanie wants to know, which starts Grandfather Tim off as narrator of our tale. From then on, we are transported back to another London Christmas of 1843 where we meet all the Dickens’ characters, enjoy the music of carolers in the street, a huge dance party at the Fezziwig's, and the spirits who lead Scrooge to his redemption. Our narrator makes brief appearances throughout to tie the story together. At the conclusion, Jonathan comes home on medical leave and is reunited with his family in time for Christmas. Mr. Timothy Cratchitt will conclude our play with his famous salutation, “God Bless Us, Everyone!”

Meet the Directors and Crew Sam McClelland (Director): Sam and his wife, Anita, are CoChairs of Francis Wilson Playhouse’s (FWP’s) Dorothy Ellison Society, whose objective is to obtain a new home for FWP before 2034. He and Anita are also Charter Dress Circle members of Ruth Eckerd Hall and both are former officers of FWP's Board of Directors. Sam received the Grapevine Editor's Award twice, and he is a three-time Lary nominee and two-time winner. He was listed in "Who's Who In the Arts" in the 1980's for his volunteer work at the First United Methodist Church in Clearwater, where he first associated with FWP Producer, Dianna Hanger. Sam wrote 6 mysterycomedies for dinner theater including "Class Reunion" which was presented here at FWP, as well as adapting Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol for our stage in 1996 and today. Sam made his community theater debut in 1965 in FWP's Life With Father", directed by the legendary Dorothy Ellison, and he has contributed to dozens of our productions since then as actor, stage manager, and director. Rob Simkin (Assistant Director/Stage Manager, 4 man funeral procession): Acting since the age of 5, Rob has over 22 years experience performing for the stage and for film. A theatre major from the University of Maryland, Rob relocated to Florida to pursue the arts. Currently, Rob enjoys helping aspiring actors as a talent manager and acting coach. He is excited to join the cast of Carol and is looking forward to making his directorial debut at the FWP next season. To the cast of Carol – It’s been a pleasure. Thank you, Sam. Break a leg everyone!

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Cast In Order Of Appearance Carolers .............................Sherri Miller, George H. Jones III, Jay Reckenwald .........................................................Gail Eberhardt, Elliot Streyer, Dotti Voegeli Stephanie Andrews ....................................................... Kendall Hope Mcguire Brian Kayley ................................................................................Bruce J. Black Norma Cratchitt Kayley ................................................................ Jeaux Brown Narrator/Old Tim Cratchitt ........................................................ Graham Jones Ebenezer Scrooge ......................................................................Jim Demetrius Bob Cratchitt .....................................................................................John Clark Nephew Fred .............................................................Trino Fuentez Maldonado First Gentleman ..........................................................................Bruce J. Black Deaf Gentleman .............................................................................. Fred Foster Governess ........................................................................... Peggy Reay-Jones Blind Beggar........................................................... Charlie Rowell (Holly Cast) ....................................................................................Lucas Pasquier (Ivy Cast) Jacob Marley's Ghost.......................................................................John Clark Ghost Of Christmas Past ............................................................ Cory McBride Boy Scrooge............................................... Donovan M. O'Connor (Holly Cast) ....................................................................................Lucas Pasquier (Ivy Cast) Sister Fan.......................................................... Julianna O'Connor (Holly Cast) ..............................................................................Taylor Mendelsohn (Ivy Cast) Young Scrooge ................................................................................ Neil Brown Belle ................................................................................ Kendall Hope Mcguire Dick Wilkins..............................................................................Jay Reckenwald Mr. Fezziwig..................................................................................... Fred Foster Mrs. Fezziwig...............................................................................Gail Eberhardt Cook ..................................................................................... Peggy Reay-Jones Cook's Helper........................................................ Andrew Waibel (Holly Cast) ........................................................................................... J.D. Willett (Ivy Cast) Pollonia Fezziwig ............................................................................Sherri Miller Dresdelina Fezziwig...................................................Quinn Dupre (Holly Cast) ................................................................................. Kaitlan Mckinney (Ivy Cast) Saffronella Fezziwig ...............................................Rachel Waibel (Holly Cast) ................................................................................. Christa Schrader (Ivy Cast) Gilda Fezziwig ....................................................... Chrissy Voegeli (Holly Cast) .................................................................................... Kaitlyn Mitchell (Ivy Cast) Hilda Fezziwig ....................................................... Hannah Waibel (Holly Cast) .............................................................................. Mackenzie Mitchell (Ivy Cast) Lionel Stobbs ................................................................................ Elliot Streyer Albert Hall ....................................................................................Charlie Rowell Gilda Escort............................................................Andrew Waibel (Holly Cast) ........................................................................................... J.D. Willett (Ivy Cast) Hilda Escort ................................................ Donovan M. O'Connor (Holly Cast) ....................................................................................Lucas Pasquier (Ivy Cast) Ghost of Christmas Present ..............................................George H. Jones III Mrs. Cratchitt................................................................................. Dotti Voegeli

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Peter Cratchitt ........................................................Andrew Waibel (Holly Cast) ........................................................................................... J.D. Willett (Ivy Cast) Belinda Cratchitt ......................................................... Julia Moore (Holly Cast) ................................................................................. Christa Schrader (Ivy Cast) Martha Cratchitt ...............................................Erin Murphy-Johns (Holly Cast) ................................................................................ Jessica Amsberry (Ivy Cast) James Cratchitt ..................................................... Thomas Rowell (Holly Cast) ...................................................................................... Brian Wiggins (Ivy Cast) Elisabeth Cratchitt ................................................. Alyssa Trepani (Holly Cast) .......................................................................................Haley Snyder (Ivy Cast) Tiny Tim .................................................................. Nathan Waibel (Holly Cast) ....................................................................................Thomas Rowell (Ivy Cast) Fred's Wife.......................................................................................Sherri Miller Man One.......................................................................................Bruce J. Black Man Two........................................................................................... Fred Foster Topper.......................................................................................Jay Reckenwald Sister One ...................................................................................... Jeaux Brown Sister Two....................................................................................Gail Eberhardt Ignorance..................................................................Terrell Woods (Holly Cast) ....................................................................................Thomas Rowell (Ivy Cast) Want .............................................................................................. Sarah Rowell Ghost Of Christmas Yet To Come..........................................Jay Reckenwald 4 Man Funeral Procession .....................................Charlie Rowell,(Holly Cast) ..........................................Lucas Pasquier (Ivy Cast, Rob Simkin, Elliot Streyer .............................................. Andrew Waibel (Holly Cast), J.D. Willet (Ivy Cast) Man With Paper ...........................................................................Bruce J. Black Man With Pound Notes................................................................... Fred Foster Man With Snuffbox .......................................................................... Neil Brown Old Joe.................................................................................George H. Jones III Laddie .......................................................................Terrell Woods (Holly Cast) ....................................................................................Thomas Rowell (Ivy Cast) Charwoman .................................................................... Kendall Hope Mcguire Laundress........................................................................................Sherri Miller Undertaker's Hag ................................................................ Peggy Reay-Jones Holly ..................................................................Mckayla Whiteside (Holly Cast) .......................................................................................Haley Snyder (Ivy Cast) Ivy ........................................................................... Chrissy Voegeli (Holly Cast) ....................................................................................Gelmi Pasquier (Ivy Cast) Sarah ....................................................................... Sara Davidson (Holly Cast) ..............................................................................Taylor Mendelsohn (Ivy Cast) Arthur ...................................................................... Nathan Weibel (Holly Cast) ...................................................................................... Brian Wiggins (Ivy Cast) Poulterer ........................................................................................ Elliot Streyer Jonathan Kayley ........................................................................... Elliot Streyer Peddler.................................................................................. Terrion Thompson Various Street Vendors, Partygoers, Children, and Carolers Throughout

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Meet the Cast Jessica Amsberry (Martha Cratchitt) is 18 years old and a senior at Calvary Christian High School. She recently moved from Oregon to Florida this past January and currently lives in Tarpon Springs. This is her debut performance for FWP but she has performed in other theaters over the past few years. When not performing, her other interests include equestrian activities, dance, decorating, and culinary arts. Bruce J. Black (Brian Kayley, First Gentleman, Man One, Man With Paper) performed improvisation for several years with the Bay Area Renaissance Festival. While working at FWP as a volunteer, he wanted to learn more about the theater which led to an audition and a swing role in The Man Who Came To Dinner. Later he was seen as officer Bill Dobbs in Ladies of the Jury. This was followed by a part in Life With Father and the The Bishop Misbehaves. Eventually he joined the chorus of the G&S players with roles in Patience. The Grand Duke, and Gondoliers. In real life his “role” is as a professional engineer. He is happy returning to the FWP stage once again for this Christmas show which he would like to dedicate to the glory of God! Jeaux Brown (Norma Cratchitt Kayley, Sister One) has been in Connecticut and New York for the past 15 years working in theater and film. Studying at HB Studios she met her fellow members of one of NYC's longest-running improv companiesThe Improvoholics. She has performed locally this year at Carollwood as Ann in The Octette Bridge Club, and Latrelle in Sordid Lives. Neil Brown (Young Scrooge, Man with Snuff Box) is thrilled to be returning to FWP. His most recent performances include Singin’ in the Rain (EOT) and Leading Ladies (FWP). He would like to thank Sam for the opportunity to be in this wonderful show and as always, his friends and family for their constant love and support. John Clark (Bob Cratchitt/Jacob Marley’s Ghost) is delighted to be back at FWP. He performed this season in The Prisoner of Second Avenue as Harry Edison. Long active in local community theatre he is a past winner of the LARY for both actor and director. Other favorite roles include Oscar in The Odd Couple and Sam the butcher in Cemetery Club. Much love to my lovely wife, Mary, and both of the boys. Merry Christmas and enjoy the show!

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Sara Davidson (Sarah) is a fourth grade student at Academic da Vinci Charter School for the Arts. Sara is a competitive figure skater in singles, pairs, and theater on ice. She also enjoys dance, softball, and cheering on her beloved Gators! She thanks God for her gifts and talents, Mom, Dad, Sissy, Gram and Grampy for their support, and Mr. Sam, fellow Gator, for her first change to be on the “big” stage! James Demetrius (Scrooge) is thrilled to play such an iconic character. The redemption of Scrooge gives hope to all of us that through the Grace of God, we all have a second chance. I wish to dedicate this show to my late mother, Pat, for her years of dedication to me. She taught me the most important reason for the stage to quote “Jim, love the theatre in you, not you in the theatre.” Thanks, Sam. Quinn Dupre (Dresdalina Fezziwig) is a 7th grade student at Oak Grove Middle School. She is a member of Knight Sounds (Oak Grove Chorus). She is making her debut performance in this show. Her interests include acting, fashion, cooking, horseback riding and writing.

Gail Eberhardt (Mrs. Fezziwig, Sister Two, Caroler) has been acting in community theatre for over 10 years. She has performed in productions for WCP, Francis Wilson and TSPAC and the Cultural Center where she was most recently seen in The Fourth Wall. Gail has received two LARY awards. She and her husband come from Pennsylvania and have three children. Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night. Fred Foster (Mr. Fezziwig, Deaf Gentleman, Man Two, Man with Pound Notes) is pleased to return to the Playhouse where he was last seen as Horace in The Remarkable Mr. Pennypacker. He is a retired teacher from Ohio and has been involved in community theatre for twenty years. Fred was most recently seen in A Tribute to The Golden Age of Radio at the Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center. Other favorite roles include Grandpa in You Can’t Take It With You, Prof. Gerald Lyman in Bus Stop and Paul Miller in Murder at the Howard Johnsons. He would like to thank the audience for their support of live theatre. George Hill Jones III (Ghost of Christmas Present, Old Joe, Caroler) is appearing here at FWP for the first time. He just wants to give the Glory to God for being part of this production! He studied theatre at the The University of Maryland Frostburg.

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Graham Jones (Narrator/Old Tim Cratchitt) - After being heard but not seen, and then seen but not heard, Graham is now being both seen and heard. Sam said he cast me because I am the only person he knows who was actually born in England in 1840, and he wanted the show to be authentic Dickens. Sam, I am not that old! Trino Fuentez Maldonado, Jr (Nephew Fred) is happy to be appearing in his first production at Francis Wilson. Trino has previously performed at Masque Theatre in Temple Terrace in productions of Barefoot in the Park and Over The River and Through the Woods at Masque Theatre.

Cory McBride (Ghost of Christmas Past) is delighted to have been cast in this show, and to work with this fine cast and crew of A Christmas Carol. A volunteer board member for FWP, she is grateful for those who support the arts, and in particular, this wonderful old theatre. Happy Holidays – and God bless us, everyone! Kendall Hope McGuire (Stephanie, Belle, Charwoman) has always desired to glorify God through the performing arts. She played her first lead role at age four, where she portrayed Mary in a Christmas play. Since then she has continued to pursue her love for theatre in such roles as the Queen in Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs, Anna in The King and I and Olivia in Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. In June she plans to move to California to pursue a full-time acting career. She wants to thank her parents, who fell in love on stage as drama partners, for their love, encouragement and support of her dream. Kaitlan McKinney (Dresdelina Fezziwig) loves to sing, swim, bake and of course act! She is currently taking singing lessons at Creative Keys and did 4th and 5th grade chorus. She also did a talent show at her school. In 1st grade she performed in Horton Hatches and Egg with her school and several other plays after that. She is a 7th grader at Clearwater Fundamental and 12 years old. Taylor Mendelsohn (Sister Fan, Sarah) is a 9 yr old student attending St. Patrick School. She enjoys acting and has participated in several school productions. She enjoys reading, soccer and Irish dancing. She is very excited to be working under the direction of Mr. Sam McClelland in her first stage production.

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Sherri Miller (Fred’s Wife, Laundress, Pollonia Fezziwig, Caroler) is looking forward to having her debut at the FWP. She is a native Floridian. Studying the dramatic arts since high school while working on being more involved with the theatrical and modeling world, she enjoys spending time with her family. Some of the activities that she likes to do are spending time with friends, going to acting classes, reading, sports, and being helpful to others. Thank you to Sam, Dianna, and the Francis Wilson Playhouse for giving me this incredible opportunity. Kaitlyn Mitchell (Gilda Fezziwig) is thirteen years old. She was born in Chicago, and moved to Palm Harbor when she was four years old. She loves to cheerlead and act. She takes classes with the acting coach, Peggy Shefield, and has always been interested in acting. Her mother and father are most supportive. This is her first theatre play and hopes to do many more! Mackenzie Mitchell (Hilda Fezziwig) is eleven years old. She was born in Chicago and moved to Florida when she was two years old. She likes to cheerlead and act. She takes classes with Peggy Shefield. She appeared in a school play Totally Awesome. She has always been interested in acting, and hopes to become an actress when older. Julia Moore (Belinda Cratchitt) is in the eight grade. While in the first grade played a farmer in Little Red Riding Hood and it was shown on TV once.

Erin Murphy-Jones (Martha Cratchitt) has been in Aladdin as Simi the servant girl. In 1st grade she was in Hortan Hatches and Egg. In 5th grade she was the boy who wanted the willies as a vampire. She is a model with Model Production. She plays in the percussion section with her school band at Clearwater Fundamental. She plays ice hockey, windsurfs, roller blades, triathlons, and loves archery. Donovan M. O’Connor (Boy Scrooge, Hilda Escort) turns 12 years old in November. He has bright red hair due to his Irish Heritage, and speaks some basic Spanish due to his Puerto Rican heritage. He goes to the sixth grade at Progress Village Middle Magnet School of the Arts. He did some acting events at his previous school: Chorus, and a News Anchor in the daily news (using a teleprompter). He was in two plays: The

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Gift of Christmas and Martin Luther King. He wrote a book called “The Boy in the Wild” and received an award call the Young Author Award (2006). Julianna O’Connor (Sister Fan) has performed ballet for a year. She has performed in the 2nd grade chorus. She is very outgoing, adventurous, and intelligent. She is tall for her age and also speaks basic Spanish. Her idol is Miley Cyrus.

Gelmi Pasquier (Ivy) age 8, comes from a family of actors. Older twin sisters and brother Lucas, who also is participating in A Christmas Carol, have been active in American Stage summer programs and performances in the Tampa Bay area. Gelmi, who has also been an AS summer student, made her first stage performance this summer with Spanish Lyric Theatre, Anything Goes and is very excited to be performing at FWP where her older sisters Camille and Gabriella performed in The Miracle Worker. Gelmi is a third grader who resides in St. Petersburg. She loves softball, dance, acting and writing and hopes to be a writer one day. Lucas Pasquier (Blind Beggar, Hilda Escort, Boy Scrooge, 4 Man Funeral Procession) is 11 years-of-age, and is pleased to be performing in A Christmas Carol with FWP. His theatre performances include: Fractured Folk Tales (grandson), with the Apollo Project, Anything Goes (reporter) with Spanish Lyric Theatre, Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat and Tommy (young Tommy) with MAD Theatre. He has been a student of American Stage summer camp since 2004 and has done work with Disney, Nickelodeon, Travel Channel and ESPN. He loves acting. His other interests are: baseball, music and sailing. Lucas resides in St. Petersburg and is an avid Rays fan. Peggy Reay-Jones (Governess, Fezziwig Cook, Undertaker’s Hag) has been involved with Francis Wilson for many years on the Board of Directors as Secretary, taking care of the theatre web site, taking care of the playbill and other behind the scenes things but this is her debut on the stage. Thanks to Sam for the opportunity and to the person that coerced her to audition. She now thinks it is actually great fun to be on the other side of the curtain. Jay Reckenwald (Topper, Dick Wilkins, Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come, Caroler) is a Florida native born and raised. He graduated from Clearwater High School in 1998. He has been an actor since 2008.

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Charlie Rowell (Blind Beggar, Albert Hall, 4 Man Funeral Procession) is 13 years old and attends Oak Grove Middle School. He has appeared in the King and I, Webb City the Musical, Singin’ in the Rain, Sound of Music, and Aladdin Jr. He plays football, basketball, baseball, and runs track and field. Sarah Rowell (Want) is 5 years old and in kindergarten at Plumb Elementary. She has played Nellie in Annie Get Your Gun, Gretel in The Sound of Music and Narrator in Aladdin Jr. Sarah loves to sing, dance and draw. Thanks to her whole family!

Thomas Rowell (James Cratchitt, Tiny Tim, Ignorance, Laddie) couldn’t wait to get back on stage. He just moved here from Tallahassee where he played the Genie in Aladdin Jr., Kurt in The Sound of Music and young Don in Singin’ in the Rain and just finished playing Billy in Annie Get Your Gun. He is in 2nd grade at Plumb Elementary. He loves to draw and read. Thanks to his whole family! Christa Schrader (Belinda Cratchit, Saffronella Fezziwig) is thrilled to be making her debut at FWP. She is honored to be working with this talented director, supportive cast and hardworking crew who have made this experience ever so fun. She loves acting, singing, dancing, aerial performance artistry, and all things adventurous. She would like to thank God for all His blessings, her family and friends for all their love, and her acting coach, Peggy Sheffield for her guidance. Haley Snyder (Elizabeth Cratchit, Holly) has been in the school Christmas play since Kindergarten 2004. Also has been in school chorus two years in a row.

Elliot Streyer (Lionel Stobbs, Jonathan Kayley, Poulterer, 4 Man Funeral Procession, Caroler) is appearing in his 2nd production, the first being The Sound of Music where he played Max. He hopes one day to become a professional actor in either stage or film. Elliot loves playing tennis, online socializing and singing as much as possible.

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Terrion Thompson (Peddler, Ensemble) is 6 years old and from Riverview. He is very outgoing and loves acting. This is his first live play and is very happy and excited to be a part of the cast.

Alyssa Trepani (Elizabeth Cratchitt) is a fifth grade student at St. Paul’s School. She is making her theatrical debut. Her other passion is ice skating. She loves animals and our planet.

Chrissy Voegeli (Glenda Fezziwig, Holly) is making her first appearance at FWP. She has been in The Rainbow Express, The Best Place to Celebrate Christmas and The Follies Review and has sung in choirs. She is a 6th grader at Pinellas Prep Academy. She plays guitar and writes songs and hopes to become a zoologist. Dotti Voegeli (Mrs. Cratchitt, Caroler) starred in her first play in kindergarten and has been in musicals such as Lil’ Abner and Godspell, comedies such as Come Blow Your Horn and O Christmas Three, and dramas such as Romeo and Juliet and Jake’s Women. She appeared at Francis Wilson Playhouse as Margaret, the cook, in Life With Father. She has directed, stage managed, and done props, costumes, set design and make up for various shows in community theatre, and college productions. She works full-time as a preschool director for the Salvation Army, part-time as a puppeteer and Mary Kay Consultant. She has four wonderful children and has been married for 22 years to the love of her life. Andrew Waibel (Cooks Helper, Gilda Escort, Peter Cratchitt, 4 Man Funeral Procession) is in the 7th grade. This is his first time acting. He wants to join the U.S. Army. He can be seen playing Lacrosse in Wesley Chapel in his spare time.

Hannah Alyse Waibel (Hilda Fezziwig) is making her debut performance! Hannah has 2 older sisters and 1 younger brother. Hannah is in the 4th grade. She loves animals and wants to be a veterinarian when she grows up.

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Nathan Gabriel Waibel (Tiny Tim, Arthur) is making his debut performance! He is the youngest of the family. He is in first grade. Nathan loves to ride his bike, play with Star Wars toys and watch Sponge Bob.

Rachel E. Waibel (Saffronella Fezziweg) is making her debut performance! Her interest in Broadway is what inspired Rachel to become an actress. Thanks to my family and friends for support and love, and another thanks to my greatest role model, DeForest Kelley.

McKayla Whiteside (Holly) loves the stage and is thrilled to debut with FWP. She has recently performed in the musicals, Anything Goes and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolar Dreamcoat. She takes private voice lessons, Hip Hop and Jazz dance classes and loves to perform. She has been featured as the soloist in school plays two years in a row. Her other interest include softball, participating in girl scouts and attending church. She would like to thank all her friends and family for their support. Brian Wiggins (James Cratchitt, Arthur) 11 years old is making his second appearance at Francis Wilson Playhouse. Since appearing in Oliver, he has been a member of the youth chorus at Opera Tampa, He enjoys playing the piano, trumpet and drums, playing video and computer games and watching historical documentaries. J. D. Willett (Cooks Helper, Gilda Escort, Peter Cratchitt, 4 Man Funeral Procession) is 14, in eighth grade at Clearwater Fundamental Middle. He plays bass guitar in his school Jazz Band, enjoys writing short stories, and participates in local theater. J.D. began performing in 5th grade as a member of the All County Honors Chorus. His most recent performance was with Stage Agenda in Aladdin. Terrell David Woods (Laddie and Ignorance) was born on September 08, 2003 in Memphis, TN at 12:00 noon. Terrell is currently in kindergarten at Cambridge Christian School in Tampa, FL, where he excels in reading at a 2nd grade level and is comfortable with 1st grade math and loves science and art. Terrell also participates in piano lessons, karate, flag football, T-ball, soccer and chess club. He loves to entertain, and make people laugh.

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A Christmas Carol Synopsis of Scenes Act One Prelude ------------------------- Carolers sing “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” Scene One ----------------------The Kayley Household in London, World War I ------------------------------------------------- It is Christmas Eve, 1916. Scene Two ----------------------------------Christmas Eve, 1843. Scrooge’s Office Scene Three ----------------------------------------------------------------- Town Square Scene Four --------------------------------------------------- Scrooge’s Bedchambers Scene Five ----------------------------------- Scrooge and Ghost of Christmas Past Intermission

Act Two Scene One---------- Scrooge’s Bedchambers and Ghost of Christmas Present Scene Two --------------------------------- Christmas Dinner at the Cratchitt Home Scene Three -------------- Christmas Dinner at Scrooge’s nephew Fred’s home Scene Four-----------------------------Ghost of Christmas Present with Warnings Scene Five -- Scrooge’s Bedchambers and Ghost of Christmas Yet To Come Intermission (5 minute)

Act Three Scene One----------------------------------------------------- Scrooge’s Bedchambers Scene Two ------------------------------------------------------------------- Town Square Scene Three ------------------------------------------------------ Nephew Fred’s Home Scene Four--------------------------------------------------------------- Scrooge’s Office Scene Five ---------------------------------Back at the Kayley Home, WWI London Epilogue ------------------- “We Wish You A Merry Christmas” with Curtain Call

Production Staff Director .............................................................. Sam McClelland Assistant Director/Stage Manager ............................ Rob Simkin Assistant Stage Manager ..................................... Kristen Rowell Music ..............................................................Rodney Carpenter Set Design & Construction ................................... Jim Demetrius Costumers ................................................Mickey & Milt Bronson Script supervisor......................................... Kimberly McClelland Lighting Design............................................................Andy Rufo Lighting Technician ............................................. Dianna Hanger Box Office ........................................................... Gabrielle Snapp Producer ...............................................................Dianna Hanger

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Lobby Rejuvenation Project

It is not often one can share in the decorating of a theatre lobby that audiences have enjoyed for 80 years and will continue to enjoy for many years to come. The First Nighters are a dedicated group of women who believe that a live theatre experience should be a very special occasion. Twice during each theatre season they hold a Gala Champagne Premier to benefit the Francis Wilson Playhouse. In the past, the First Nighters with generous donations from those who come to see our shows and others raised funds that have resulted in a new and expanded air conditioning system, a new front curtain in red velvet, refurbishment of our rest rooms, lights for our dressing rooms and many other technical and aesthetic updates within our extensive building. This year The First Nighters are celebrating the 80th Season of Francis Wilson Playhouse by pledging their fundraising toward re-decorating the Playhouse Lobby. The color scheme for the re-decoration is available next to the box office window. We would like to invite you to share in this special project and make a donation. All donors to this benefit, please mark your social calendar for January 7, 2010. Donors will invited to and honored during an exclusive cocktail party to unveil the new lobby. MY NAME IS:___________________________________________________________ I would like to donate $ _________ toward our lobby redecorating

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My credit card Number is: ___________________________________ Please print your name as you would like to see it printed in our programs: Include this information with your donation to the Box Office.

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Coming January 14, 2010

Side Show

Musical

Book and Lyrics by Bill Russell Music by Henry Kreiger Side Show is about Daisy and Violet Hilton, conjoined twins who make a change from being a circus side show act to becoming famous vaudeville performers in the 1930s. The musical tells the story of their search for success and love as our outstanding cast sings and dances their way through the highs and lows of the twins’ career. This show was nominated for four Tony awards, and since running on Broadway for three months in 1997 has become an extremely popular show wherever performed. We are truly fortunate that Jason Fortner offered to bring this outstanding musical to our stage. Daisy and Violet were real life characters, born in England in 1908, and Bill Russell and Henry Kreiger have combined in a haunting telling of the story of their lives and their emotional ups and downs. You will enjoy songs like the toe-tapping numbers We Share Everything and The Devil You Know" and you will be haunted by the sheer beauty of Who Will Love Me As I Am and I Will Never Leave You. This show is a rare treat. Enjoy!

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Concert Series BROADWAY VALENTINES

Feb 13, 2010 – 2pm & 8pm A musical look at love and romance, as seen through the eyes of Broadway's greatest songwriters. From unrequited love to first dates and on through the many sides of love, this concert explores the "heart" of Broadway with romance and comedy. Songwriters represented include Jerry Herman, Leroy Anderson, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, Lerner & Loewe, Rodgers & Hart, Dorothy Fields and many more!

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A Special Thanks To Our Contributors General Fund Deborah A. A’Hearn Cherie Albury Hildegard Andreas Babs Bailey Dolores and Ronald Buckley Alan & Stephany H. Dawson Charles & Karleen DeBlaker Rich & Shelly Dennis Dorothy M. Dutcher Carol Enters M/M Thomas P. Evans Dianna and Mary Hanger Theatre Building Fund Deborah A’Hearn M/M. Thomas Evans Mary Fitzpatrick Ruth and Rogers Hedberg Kim and Rob Hedin Janice B. Hill Roberta and Raymond Hoopes James D & Susan Larsen Dr. Harold & Mrs. Olive Lehmus Anita and Sam McClelland Mary and David MacDaid Thomas H.& Kathryn J. Meachum M/M John Wookey Beverly and Donald Taylor

Milton and Kay Hooper M/M H. William Isaly Eleanor Jones Peggy and Graham Jones Charles Kubecka Mary and David MacDaid Anita and Sam McClelland Babs Michael Mr. Charles Possick Marguerite S. Sharkey Mrs. Ida Swartz Ms. Denise Thompson Terry Sue Turner Betty and Jay Waxenberg Mary Ann White In Memory of Larry Banks M/M Glenn Blair Jennifer Blair Thella Brooks Joan M. Dewey M/M George Krissinger M/M Clifford Perry M/M Richard Philpott M/M George Roby Tom Poddi Nancy and Jim Nadin Nancy and Randolph Spoth Anna Marie and Frank Turk

Donations in kind and (Furnishings, Costumes Props, etc) M/M David Camburn Michael Crawford Dee Ray Crews MaryKay Cyrus Mrs. Helen Dalzell Patricia and Pat Moran Charles Napier Sharon Price Lillian and Claude Washabau Welcome Home Relocation Ms. Shirley Wyckoff In Memory of Henry Baldwin Ms Debbie Baldwin Ms Delores Baldwin Mr. Joseph Baldwin Ms Lori Baldwin Ms Marci Baldwin Evelyn Kolkmeyer M/M Robert Kontey The FWP First Nighters M/M Jerry Lorch M/M Michael Schmitt

In Memory of Rogers Hedberg Belleair Country Club Croquet

We apologize if your name was inadvertently left off this list. Please contact our box office immediately for a correction of any oversight ________________________________________________________________________

Please consider making a donation to our First Nighters Lobby Redecorating Fund using one of the cards in the lobby

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Francis Wilson Playhouse Upcoming Events

2009-2010

Side Show Musical Book and Lyrics by Bill Russell, Music by Henry Krieger

January 14 – 24, 2010

Concert Series Broadway Valentines February 13, 2010 2:00 pm & 8:00 pm

Harvey Comedy By Mary Chase

February 18-28,2010 A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum Musical Book by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart, Music and Lyrics by Stephen Soundheim March 18-28,, 2010

Concert Series Songs That Got Away April 10, 2010 2:00 pm & 8:00 pm

Enchanted April By Matthew Barber, Book by Elizabeth von Arnim

Apr 22-May 2, 2010 Don’t Dress for Dinner By Marc Camoletti, Adapted by Robin Hawdon

May 20-30, 2010 Visit us at www.FrancisWilsonPlayhouse.Org

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A Christmas Carol as adapted for Francis Wilson Playhouse Playbill  

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