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Cascade Community Theatre to present ‘A Christmas Carol’

  • Written by Valley View Staff

DUVALL–Like never before, Cascade Community Theatre (CCT) is pulling out all the stops to showcase the talent to be found in the Snoqualmie Valley with their musical comedy adaptation of the classic Charles Dickens story, "A Christmas Carol."

"A Christmas Carol," based on the book by Charles Dickens, adapted for the stage by Richard Greenfield, music and lyrics by Jeff Zuber and Keith Frechette, will run for two consecutive weekends at the Cedarcrest High School Performing Arts Center. Performance dates are Friday, December 13th at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, December 14th at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Friday, December 20th at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday, December 21st at 2 p.m.

This heartwarming, hilarious, "kick up your heels and dance" musical adaptation of the classic story will delight families and people of all ages. Ebenezer Scrooge has given up on love and friendship and can only adore his money. Resistant to all villagers and, even his own kin, when they try to get him to warm up his heart he gets a wild night and chance at redemption when he is visited by four ghosts and their chorus.

CCT’s "A Christmas Carol" is an entirely new show created with the inspiration and love of the Christmas spirit. Richard Greenfield, also serving as director, says, "We wanted to create a show that could become an annual tradition. We’ll make a few changes and update it each year to keep it fresh and, at the same time, provide an experience that families can enjoy together year after year.  We’re pretty excited about the comedic aspects of the show. There are some subtle things – Scrooge’s nephew and niece, Fred and Ginger – giving us an opportunity to do a parody of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers performing Irving Berlin’s classic ‘Cheek To Cheek’ along with some just plain laugh-out-loud fun. I’m truly amazed by the talent we have in this Valley. Every aspect of this production has been created right here. As we approach our first performance, I’m overwhelmed by these people and the incredible quality of entertainment we’ve been able to produce. I’m humbled to be a part of this!"

Another first is a completely original musical score. "I remember almost a year ago when we first started planning this show," recalls Jeff Zuber. "I knew we could write original music and they decided to give me the chance to run with it. I’ve written a lot of music over the years, but I’d never written a show tune. I reached out to a team of incredibly talented local musicians, and we collaborated on the words and music. 

"Having a chance to work with other musicians for the first time has been a wonderful experience, and I’m very proud to say that the end result is a musical score on par with what you’d hear at a 5th Avenue Theatre production. Keith Frechette has worked tirelessly as the musical director, composing most of the musical score, and his hard work and talent really shine through in the arrangements."

The choreography for the show really brings home what Cascade Community Theatre is all about. CCT began as a senior project for 2002 Cedarcrest High School alum Ashley Dowden to provide an after-school drama program for elementary students. This year, things have come full circle as CCT Youth Program alum Aleah Young is "A Christmas Carol’s" choreographer for her own senior project at Cedarcrest.

"Working with CCT members and choreographing for ‘A Christmas Carol’ has been one of the most enriching experiences of my life! I’ve had the chance to help others develop a sense of creativity while finding my own creative style," says Aleah. Fellow classmate Miles Denison, a long-time and very active member of CCT’s Tech Team, is the show’s technical director.

Advance tickets are available for purchase at Duvall Fitness and The Quilter’s Garden in Duvall and at Miller’s Community and Arts Center in Carnation.  Advance prices are $13 for adults, $10 for seniors and students; children 6 & under are free. Tickets at the door are $2 more. Tickets can also be purchased online at http://cct-holiday.brownpapertickets.com/.

For more information, visit www.cctplays.org or find us on Facebook, www.facebook.com/cctplays.

Cascade Community Theatre is an all-volunteer non-profit organization, and in the spirit of the season, we invite you to bring non-perishable food or toiletry items with you to the show which will be donated to food banks in the Snoqualmie Valley.

Don’t miss this opportunity to enjoy our large cast of your friends and neighbors, acting, singing and dancing their way into your hearts in this rich tale of the power of the holiday spirit and the joy of redemption.

This is fun for the whole family and suitable for all ages. Start your new Christmas tradition this year.

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