Friday, December 7, 2012

New Musical LITTLE MISS SCROOGE in Development at Rubicon Theatre


Tony and Olivier Award-winner John Caird (Les Misérables and Nicholas Nickleby), West End rising star Sam Caird, and Tony nominee Paul Gordon (Jane Eyre), have begun rehearsals for a new holiday musical entitled Little Miss Scrooge, which will be presented as a limited-run staged concert for Rubicon Theatre subscribers December 12 - 23, 2012. An opening gala will take place on Saturday, December 15 at 7:00 pm. (The fully staged world premiere will be produced by Rubicon in December of 2013.)

Little Miss Scrooge is a modern musical version of A Christmas Carol with added characters and plot elements from “Great Expectations,” “Nicholas Nickleby,” “The Old Curiosity Shop,” and other great Dickens novels. The story follows Estella Scrooge, a direct descendent of Ebenezer -- a cool and calculating Wall Street whiz who runs a mortgage and lending company (Bleak House). Essie can’t convince Betty Cratchit or other employees to work on Christmas Eve, so she is forced to go to Pickwick, Ohio personally to shut down the Harthouse Hotel, a poorly run (in her estimation) haven for the lost, lonely and dispossessed.

Her intentions to foreclose, however, are forestalled by her childhood history with the attractive proprietor Phillip (Pip) Nickleby, and by the arrival of a snowstorm. Trapped for the night, Essie is visited by three eccentric ghosts representing the Spirits of Christmas Past, Present and Future who, well…give her the Dickens. Part love story, part ghost story – Little Miss Scrooge is a testament to Charles Dickens’ passionate commitment to social reform and his belief in the power of human kindness and generosity.

The cast will star Rebecca Ann Johnson as Estella Scrooge and Stuart Ambrose as Pip Nickleby, Jeff Edgerton (Paul Dombey & Bob Cratchit), Ted Neeley (Magwitch), Amanda McBroom (Molly & Miss Havisham), Sarah Litzinger (Betty Cratchit & Cissy Jupe), Alexandra Frohlinger (Jenny Trent), Daniel Stewart (Smike), Juliette Goglia (Tiny Tammy), Rubicon Artistic Director James O’Neil (Jaggers & Merdle), along with ensemble members Alyson Lindsay and Elliott David. The staged concert is backed by a five-piece musical ensemble lead by music arranger and supervisor, music director and conductor Brad Haak.

All performances are at Rubicon Theatre Company, 1006 E. Main Street in Ventura’s Downtown Cultural District. A talkback with the actors will be held after the 7:00 p.m. Wednesday performance on December 19. For tickets call (805) 667-2900 or go to www.rubicontheatre.org.

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