"A Christmas Carol" previews holidays at Kankakee Valley

2013-10-30T00:00:00Z "A Christmas Carol" previews holidays at Kankakee ValleyTimes Staff nwitimes.com
October 30, 2013 12:00 am  • 

WHEATFIELD | "God bless us everyone!" proclaims Tiny Tim, who despite having very little, is full of Christmas cheer and wants nothing more than to share the season with his family in the classic play "A Christmas Carol."

Theatergoers can get a jump on the holiday season as the Charles Dickens favorite is presented this weekend and next at Kankakee Valley High School, 3923 E. Ind. 10. Performances are set for 7 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Nov. 8 and 9.

Tickets are $6 and can be reserved by emailing kvtheatrekompany@gmail.com, visiting facebook at KVCHRISTMASCAROL or leaving a message at (219) 554-9411.

While Tiny Tim epitomizes the Christmas spirit, Ebeneezer Scrooge is perfectly content to be a lonely miser. With a visit from the Ghost of Jacob Marley, his former business partner and only friend, however, Scrooge is presented with an opportunity to change. Scrooge is taken on a journey, bearing witness to his past, the present, and the future, to learn how Christmas and life should be celebrated.

This stage version of the classic tale is told almost exclusively through song. With music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Lynn Ahren, audiences are both entertained and moved as they witness Scrooge's transformation.

Billed as a KV Corporation show, this production fully utlizes the talent and diverse voices of the cast comprised of students, staff and alumni of the Kankakee Valley School Corporation. Featured performances include: Jordan Clark as Scrooge, Nick Skrobul as Marley, Cassie Ooms as The Ghost of Christmas Past, Mirka Roman as The Ghost of Christmas Present, Sarah Schaetzel as The Ghost of Christmas Future, Ranen Toosley as Cratchit and Gianna Reyes as Tiny Tim.

"I have been involved in shows since freshman year. Being Scrooge is a good experience because he is a character full of change from one spectrum to the other," said senior Jordan Clark of the KV Theatre Kompany.

Director Jill Steiner fosters a collaborative environment, and the school's music department adds to the leadership talent with vocal direction by Lisa Faletto and orchestral direction by Ken Steidel.


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