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TRAVEL & ENTERTAINMENT: CenterREP’s Production of “A Christmas Carol” is a True Holiday Tradition

Dec 16, 2017
by Jan Miller
It wouldn’t seem like the holiday season is in full force without attending Center Repertory Company’s brilliant production of “A Christmas Carol,” currently playing through December 17 at the Lesher Center (1601 Civic Drive) in Walnut Creek, CA.

Directed by Scott Denison, “A Christmas Carol” is the third production of Center REP’s 50th anniversary season. Charles Dickens’ classic tale comes to life on the Hofmann Theatre’s big stage at the Lesher Center, brimming with lively music and dance, loaded with love and laughter, and brimming with spectacular special effects and scary ghosts of past, present and future.

In this classic tale, Ebenezer Scrooge begins the Christmas holiday with his usual miserly contempt, barking at his faithful clerk Bob Cratchit, as well as his cheery nephew. But when the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come take him on an eye-opening journey revealing truths Old Scrooge is reluctant to face, he must open his heart to undo years of ill will before it’s too late.

“A Christmas Carol” is truly a holiday tradition, but each year CenterREP tweaks it just a bit, introducing new technical elements, which makes it fun and exciting to see each year. This year almost 90 percent of the well-rehearsed cast returns, including the fabulous Michael Ray Wisely as Ebenezer Scrooge.

As outstanding as Wisely is in his role of “Mr. Bah! Humbug!” so many others deserve high accolades for their very convincing performances, including Teddy Spencer as Fred Hastings, Michael Patrick Wiles as Bob Cratchit, Michael McCarty as Mr. Fezziwig, Jeanine Perasso as Mrs. Fezziwig, Kerri Shawn, Jerry Lee and Luke Phillips as the Ghosts of Past, Present and Future, as well as Brayden Bautista Toy as the beloved Tiny Tim.

The lighting (John Iarla), sound effects (Jeff Mockus), scenes and staging (Kelly Tighe and Jeff Collister), as well as the fabulous costumes (Bethany Deal) all contribute mightily to the success of this production.

“A Christmas Carol” offers a true family experience that should absolutely not be missed. For tickets or more information please visit www.CenterREP.org or phone (925) 943-7469.

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Photo caption: Left - Right: Michael Ray Wisely as Ebenezer Scrooge and Brayden Bautista Toy as Tiny Tim.


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