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'Christmas Carol' is high-flying fun

Musical brings tale of Scrooge to local stage
By: Review Don Chaddock Telegraph Managing Editor
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El Dorado Musical Theatre’s production of “A Christmas Carol: The Musical” is big-city entertainment without a commute. From Bob Cratchit and Tiny Tim to Ebenezer Scrooge, all the familiar characters are present. Regular theatergoers will recognize many of the names in the cast list, including Elly award winner Matt Provencal in the title role with the Mistletoe Cast. Alex Levy plays the same character in the Holly Cast. Two casts tackle different dates and show times. I’ve seen the play twice, both of them with the Mistletoe crew. Highlights include characters flying across the stage. The three ghosts — Past, Present and Future — as well as Scrooge and a few others take to the air. Provencal’s heartfelt performance as the miserly Scrooge brought a real sense of gravity. His acting ability will carry him far if he chooses to pursue such a career. A 20-year-old American River College student, Provencal infused that intangible “it” into the role. His stage presence and charisma are evident, even behind layers of aging makeup and a wig. Another standout is 17-year-old Jordan Sharp as the Ghost of Christmas Past. Her obvious training as a dancer aided her while she was suspended on wires, flying through scenes. Sharp’s role as the ghost, though, wasn’t her only stellar performance. She also portrayed a worker in the beginning and end of the show, and donned a red outfit with white trim as one of a group of Christmas-themed showgirls. Emily, the love interest of the young Scrooge in flashback scenes, can’t be overlooked. The relatively small part was brought to life by Carly Speno, a 15-year-old student at Oak Ridge High School. Speno also showed her dancing skills as one of the showgirls and had various other roles throughout the play. Jacob Marley, the ghost who warns Scrooge of the impending visits of the other three ghosts, was expertly played by Asher Dubin, 16, a student at Ponderosa High School. Dubin also doubled as Mr. Fezziwig, the man who gives a young Scrooge his start in the business world. Matthew Bryant, 8, also did a fantastic turn as Tiny Tim. “During the play, they did so many technical special effects on it, it could have gone horribly wrong,” said my 11-year-old daughter, Parker. “You could tell they had excellent technical (advisers).” Her favorite character was Bob Cratchit, played by Johnny Cranmer, 15, a student at Oak Ridge. Cian, my 12-year-old son, said his favorite character was the Ghost of Christmas Future, played by Jenna Sharp, 15, another student at Oak Ridge. “She was creepy and scary,” he said. * * * KNOW AND GO What: ‘A Christmas Carol: The Musical’ When: Times vary, through Dec. 5 Where: Jill Solberg Theatre, Folsom High School Cost: $20 adults, $16 seniors, except 11 a.m. Nov. 26 show is $12 all seats Information: edmt.info Rating: 5 out of 5 stars * * * The Cast Holly Cast Alex Levy Matt Surges Nick Adams Quintin Casl Jordan Peck Terry Hicks Andrew Wilson Zach Wilson Kaileen Teter Braiden Wells Anjie Rose Julia Adams Claire Soulier Madeline McConnell Chelsea McVey Justin Harvey Isabella Fay Madison Cox Patrick Freeman Brooke Tibbets Haley Tangen CJ Knoble Ashley Adams Joshua Lao Emily Fritz Zennin Casl Jon Leadbetter CJ Knoble David Bryant Zach Wilson Isabella Fay Kylie Adams Kelly Maur Anna Lisa Rudolph Carolers Andrew Wilson Julia Adams Terry Hicks Chelsea McVey Charity Trio David Bryant Jonny Cranmer Jon Leadbetter Ensemble Amber Luke Anna Saez Brooke Bollengier Cami Lind Camryn Provines Elizabeth Fomine Emma Harris Emme Sorgea Giguette Knochenhauer Grace Hunter Hunter Spaulding Katie Felton Kayla Tracy Liam Roberts Madison Felton Malia Saez Merry Chen Michaela Freedom Michaela Sorgea Riley Price Sabrina Voeller Shanley Bruscino Victoria Fay Zaara Little Mistletoe Cast Matt Provencal Jonny Cranmer Matthew Bryant Jon Leadbetter Asher Dubin Asher Dubin David Bryant Eric Hurst Jordan Sharp Terry Hicks Jenna Sharp Carly Speno Ireland Bonds Jillian Curry Allie Frew Hannah Hurst Megan Martorana Lindsay Alhady Patrick Freeman Kali Ostermann Kiersten Hunter CJ Knoble Tifani Philips Mickey Coyne Jennifer Heideman Zennin Casl Quintin Casl CJ Knoble Andrew Wilson Eric Hurst Megan Martorana Sabrina Sharp Christina Vasile Olivia Powell Carolers David Bryant Carly Speno Asher Dubin Allie Frew Charity Trio Braiden Wells Andrew Wilson Quintin Casl Ensemble Alexis Vasile Audra Tucker Aurora Giacobbe Avery Speel Brigette Dupre Clara Whetstone Courtney Siino Elizabeth Wyant Hailey Malinovsky Haley Benedict Hannah Tucker Jack Pina Jamilee Alhady Jessica Hearl Jordan Soto Joslyn Stohl Katie Siino Kiki Iden Lindsey Hunter Molly Malinovsky Monica DiNocco Patrick Sammon Riley Thompson Sarah Hultin Yazmeen Mirgoli Sara Shofner