Village Theatre Troupe Presents "A Christmas Carol"

Village Theatre Troupe Presents "A Christmas Carol"
Posted on 12/03/2012

Heart warming performances have become a holiday tradition for the Village of Orland Park Theatre Troupe with this year's presentation being "A Christmas Carol," adapted by L. Don Swartz.

"We're excited to present a unique adaptation of a holiday classic," said Stephanie Simpson, the Recreation Department program supervisor who serves as executive producer for the village's productions. "'A Christmas Carol' is a favorite for so many. We're excited to bring it to the Orland Park stage," she added.

Performances will be at the Orland Park Civic Center, 14750 South Ravinia Avenue, on Friday, December 14 and Saturday, December 15 at 7:30 p.m. with a Sunday, December 16 matinee at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $13 for adults, $11 for seniors/students and $9 for children. Reserved seat tickets are available at the village's Recreation Administration Building, 14600 South Ravinia Avenue. Tickets may also be purchased at the door.

"Community theater is a wonderful option for so many people," said Orland Park Theatre Troupe Resident Producer/Director Frann Carnivele-Sidlow. "With each of our shows, we have people from all walks of life who come together on stage to share their love of performing," she added. "Our performers in ‘A Christmas Carol' are a perfect example of this. We have incredibly talented people from throughout the region bringing this story to life," she said.

Three actors are playing the part of the cold-hearted Ebenezer Scrooge, appearing as a young boy, an adult and as his older self. Orland Park residents David Ford, Dan Nevinger and Bryan Reiss appear as the young Scrooge, the adult and the elder man.

Ray Fischer, Tina Cucci Fischer and Grace Guzolek, of Orland Park, portray Bob Cratchit, Mrs. Cratchit and Tiny Tim Cratchit, respectively. The Cratchit family cannot afford medical treatment for the sickly boy because of the lowly wages Scrooge pays the elder Cratchit.

Joe Nowinski, of Chicago Ridge, appears as Jacob Marley, Scrooge's old business partner who shows him Christmas past, present and future. The ghost of Christmas past is played by Jamie Nowinski of Chicago Ridge while the roles of Christmas present and future are played by Orland Park's Dan McMillan and Jake Mackey, respectively. Marley and the three ghosts are credited with inspiring emotional and ethical changes in Ebenezer Scrooge.

Orland Park residents appearing include Nikolai Auskalnis, Camille Auskalnis, Misha Auskalnis, Alexa Faille, Rose Foley, Mollie McCormick, Keelin Przybytek, Tom Sadzewicz and Anne Ostrowski. Frankfort residents include Lara Lubienski, Alexis Lubienski, Colleen Lubienski and Mark Lubienski. Other cast members include Steve Horton (New Lenox), Amanda Stechly (Lockport), Alice Trull (Hickory Hills), and Ryan Wyrobek (Alsip).

"You don't have to travel downtown and spend a lot of money for some high quality, holiday entertainment. Enjoying a classic holiday theater production is a wonderful way to experience the season," Carnivele-Sidlow said.

For more information, call the Village of Orland Park Recreation Department at 708/403-7275.