Kansas City Repertory Theatre will continue its 2019/20 season with Charles Dickens’ A CHRISTMAS CAROL, featuring an adaptation by Geoff Elliott with direction from Associate Artistic Director Jason Chanos. The adaptation replaces former Artistic Director Eric Rosen’s version which ran for only two seasons.
The cast for the 2019 production includes Gary Neal Johnson as Scrooge, Walter Coppage as Dickens, Victor Raider-Wexler as Marley/Old Joe, Vanessa Severo as Christmas Past, Matthew Rapport as Christmas Present/Solicitor, Taylor Harlow as Christmas Future/Bass, Jake Walker as Bob Cratchit, Yetunda Felix as Mrs. Cratchit, Rusty Sneary as Fred, Brianna Woods as Mrs. Fred, John Rensenhouse as Fezziwig/Old Joe, Peggy Friesen as Mrs. Fezziwig/Harp, Kimberly Horner as Belle/Dibler, Joseph Carr as Wilkins, Shanna Jones as Charwoman, Eric Morris as Young Ebenezer/Undertaker, Bradley J. Thomas as Solicitor/Topper, Kelly Urshel (Ensemble), Shon Ruffin (Ensemble), Caleigh Michnowicz (Ensemble/Miss 2)
The creative team consists of Emily Stovall, Costume Design; Kaitlyn Pietras and Jason H. Thompson, Lighting and Projections Design; Joshua Horvath, Sound Design; Anthony Edwards, Music Director/Piano-Conductor; Rachel M. Dyer, Assistant Stage Manager; Jordan New, Assistant Costume Design. Ivan Dario Cano serves as the Production Stage Manager.
“As someone who’s performed in the show and assistant-directed it in the past, I’m very intimate with the piece and am thrilled to give Kansas City an A CHRISTMAS CAROL that’s filled with dazzling sights and heart-touching moments,” says Chanos. “If you’ve seen this production in the past, you’ll love our classic take on everybody’s holiday favorite, and if this will be your first time with us, we can’t wait to welcome you and your family to take part in this holiday tradition.”
“My wife, Neysa, and our eight-year-old twins are full of holiday excitement in anticipation of our first A CHRISTMAS CAROL at KCRep,” comments new Artistic Director, Stuart Carden. “Charles Dickens’ beloved classic in a fresh adaptation by Geoff Elliot promises to delight with new surprises, musical merriment, and boundless good cheer.”
A CHRISTMAS CAROL runs November 22 through December 29 at the Spencer Theatre on the UMKC campus. For more information visit kcrep.org.