ST. JOHN’S CONSERVATORY THEATER PRESENTS HOLIDAY MUSICAL ‘CHRISTMAS CAROL’

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Sloane Ryan as Nipper

St. John’s Conservatory Theater has cast their all-new musical comedy BRAZILLIA R. KREEP’S Christmas Carol to open December 11th for a two-week run.

BRAZILLIA R. KREEP’S Christmas Carol, which opened last year to packed houses, is a musical comedy adaptation on the Charles Dickens’ holiday classic A Christmas Carol. With book, music, and lyrics by award-winning writer/composer Brazillia R. Kreep (a.k.a Richard O’Donnell), prepare to be Scrooged with all your favorite iconic characters!

Ogdensburg Free Academy student Jillian LeBel, who portrays Street Urchin Cager explains, “We’ve abandoned the “reader’s theater” version, whereby we held scripts, to present a fully-staged production. There’s more music, a bigger cast, a bigger set, and costumes galore! This is hopefully turning into a reoccurring Ogdensburg holiday tradition.”

Return to old St. Lawrence, 1843 whereby old miserly Ebenezer Scrooge (R. O’Donnell) Bah Humbugs the Christmas spirit, wishing to avoid the aged-old holiday tradition altogether. Yet comical ghosts from his past, present, and future come out of the closet to scare some sense into the doomed man. Think Monty Python meets Tim Burton in BRAZILLIA R. KREEP’S Christmas Carol, a full-scale musical comedy with over a dozen toe-tapping songs and a talented cast (24 in all) hailing from every nook and cranny of the glorious North Country.

Heuvelton Central School student Dee Bellinger, who returns to recreate her starring role as Tiny Tina, reveals, “There’s a big production number where my character sings that her wish for Christmas is to dance. The back-up singers are street urchins Cager, Nipper and Dolly, and it’s a lot of fun to perform.”

BRAZILLIA R. KREEP’S Christmas Carol also stars Stephen Chambers as Jacob Marley, Eric Key as Thaddeus Plum (Ghost of Been There Done That), Angela Dwyer as Matilda Pift (Ghost of Christmas Presents), Hailey Weber as Elvira Fripple (Scrooge’s old love interest) and Ryan Woodard as Fezziwig. The Cratchit Family stars Christopher Dwyer as Bob, Shelly Murdock as Emily, Macy Murdock as Martha, Myah Myers as Bell, and Dee Bellinger as Tiny Tina. The Street Urchins are portrayed by Sloane Ryan as Nipper, Jillian LeBel as Cager, Grace Brunet as Dolly, Grace Wills as Scrubs, Grant Brunet as Rusty, and Chris Rodriguez as Spider. Carolers star Katrina Putman as Mrs. Sparkles, Mike Wills as Mr. Sparkles, Maeve Putman as Angie Sparkles, Grant Putman as Joey Sparkles, Kenzie Bucher as Kelly Sparkles, Myah Myers as Robin Sparkles, and Emma Murray as Tipsy Sparkles.

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Dee Bellinger as Tiny Tina

Ogdensburg Free Academy student and 4th year Odyssey of the Mind participant Sloane Ryan returns as Nipper, reveals, “My character is the leader of a tough gang of cockney street kids like in Oliver Twist, and we help move the plot along with songs such as THE BALLAD OF SCROOGE and Christmas Carol. Although my character’s tough-as-nails, I do get to sing one of the more thoughtful ballads in the show titled WISH. The whole experience has been wonderful.”

JCT principal creative staff includes Executive Producer Michael O’Donnell, Producer and Director R. O’Donnell, Musical Director and Choreographer Angela Conzone Dwyer, Arranger and Orchestrator Ryan C. McNally, Scenic and Prop Designer Stephen Chambers, Costume and Makeup Designer Karen Fischbeck Carmony and Ann Losurdo, Technical Director and Production Coordinator Christopher Dwyer, and Stage Manager Sadie Smith. Collectively they have over five decades of professional theatrical and academic experience including regional, stock, bus and truck, off-off-Broadway, off-Broadway, and Broadway stages.

Show times are Friday and Saturday evenings December 11, 12, 18, 19 at 7 PM and 13, 20 at 2 PM. Tickets cost $15 at the door (suggested donation), or $10 at BrownPaperTickets.com. JCT is located on the second floor of St. John’s Parish House, on the corner of Franklin and Knox streets in Ogdensburg. For more information, please visit St. John’s Conservatory Theater’s Facebook page.

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